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