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Monday, May 14, 2018

How to L.O.V.E. Your Food Allergy Friends


Be Aware-Show You Care
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May 13-19, 2018 is Food Allergy Awareness Week.  1:13 children have a food allergy so chances are you know someone with food allergies.  There are many ways to support a friend with food allergies.  This support goes a long way to keep our food allergies friends safe and included! 

Check out these easy ways that you can be more aware and show L.O.V.E. for friends with food allergies. 

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Look to food allergy families for guidance.  Most food allergy families are happy to work with you to determine safe options.  Often, there are simple alternative ingredients or activities to keep it safe.  Talk to food allergy families- most have done the research and can make your job easier by providing ideas.

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Offer non-food treats. Food and fun often go hand-in-hand, but when you have a food allergy that food can make it dangerous. Offer non-food treats at events to keep it safe.  Pinterest is FULL of easy options that will remove the food, not the fun!

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 photo LabelReading_zps2m2gcgks.pngVerify ingredients by reading labels.  The top 8 allergens (Wheat, Milk, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Soy, Fish, Shellfish, and Egg) will be called out in an ingredient list.  For those that are severely allergic, products processed in the same facility as their allergens can potentially trigger a reaction.  Taking time to read a label (or show it to a food allergy family for verification) can prevent unintended exposure to allergens.
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Exclude the food, not the person!  We all know how it feels to be excluded.  Offer safe foods or non-food options so that everyone can participate in all the fun, and stay safe!
  

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Want to learn more or help to continue spreading awareness?  Follow Thrive On Consulting all week on Facebook!  We will be sharing great videos on being food allergy aware!

~ Tami Pyles

Tami Pyles is the Founder of Thrive On Consulting, Food Allergy Support and Training. She is a certified AllerCoach, writes and speaks on food allergies, and is a food allergy mom dedicated to helping everyone Thrive On with food allergies. You can follow her on Facebook for great information on thriving with food allergies.

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