Thanksgiving is coming, bringing an opportunity to enjoy food and family. But food allergies can drain some of the excitement out of the holiday. If you or someone you love has food allergies, check out these websites devoted to allergen-free cooking and other allergy-related topics.
- Jeanette’s Healthy Living. Jeanette Chen knows firsthand about the challenges of allergen-free cooking as she has a child with multiple food allergies. On her blog, she shares a wide variety of healthy, tasty recipes plus wit and wisdom on mental, physical, and spiritual wellness.
- Please Don’t Pass the Nuts. If you’re looking to avoid recipes with nuts, shellfish, and other common allergens, check out Sloane Miller’s blog. Miller is a psychotherapist, licensed social worker specializing in food allergy management, and author of “Allergic Girl.”
- Allergic Living. Allergic Living is a leading magazine for people with allergies. It has an impressive online component with an expansive selection of indexed, allergy-friendly recipes. Check out no-dairy Light and Fluffy Mashed Potatoes and Scrumptious Pumpkin Pie, which is free of the top eight allergens.
- The Pretty Bee. On her website, Kelly Roenicke shares her journey to create delicious meals that do not exacerbate her child’s food allergies. Her site includes some great Thanksgiving-themed articles as well as recipes including allergen-free pumpkin mousse parfaits and chocolate pudding pie.
And if you decide to eat out on Thanksgiving Day, check out AllergyEats.com. The blog is run by Paul Antico, who has three children with food allergies. The website helps you find restaurants near you that will serve up allergen-free foods. You can filter by specific food allergies and locations, read reviews from other patrons, and leave your own feedback, too.
15 million Americans live with food allergies or intolerances. It used to be that the only option for dealing with food allergies was to avoid trigger foods. That is not the case now, thanks to the development of the sublingual immunotherapy food allergy treatment program.
Sublingual immunotherapy involves putting a few liquid drops of “allergy serum” under the tongue each day. The serum contains traces of the food proteins that trigger reactions. Over time, the immune system becomes desensitized to these proteins and stops overreacting to them in ways that cause uncomfortable or dangerous allergy symptoms. Contact a sublingual immunotherapy allergist for more information.