The first thing I want to make clear is I know how Thanksgiving food allergies affect your holiday, I struggle even today with this time of the year being on a strict diet of my own. I never look forward to this time of the year simply because I am unable to eat most of the traditional foods, so I want everyone to know I truly do understand if you are living with food allergies and food intolerances.
Common Trigger Thanksgiving Meals
One thing I really miss is the turkey stuffing, and the reason I am not able to eat the stuffing is I am intolerant to gluten. It is a fact many people are now going gluten-free, and the majority of them share they have more energy and less digestive system issues. Even if you are not intolerant these are hard on your digestive system, and I even have experienced no more acid reflux simply by changing my diet. The best part about this is you can go without this plant protein for a few weeks, and if it is causing any of your symptoms you will notice a positive change right away. Dr. Hallet wrote an article on the most common foods from the traditional Thanksgiving meal that are triggered to our symptoms, so let us check the doctor’s list to see what we should watch out for?
- Tree nuts
I highly urge you to take the extra time to read the ingredients on the packages, and now it is a law a company must list these ingredients with so many people with allergies today.
Is Your Thanksgiving Turkey Allergy Free
For the majority of families, turkey is the traditional meal. So are these safe for people with allergies to consume, and one of the biggest concerns for me is if the stuffing was prepared in the bird. You see unless you stuff them with gluten-free stuffing, you just contaminated the main course of this holiday meal. Now, this is not a big deal for those of you who are tolerant, but someone like me, just a very small portion will ruin my holiday making me extremely sick for days.
Where Gluten Can Be Hiding
After years of getting extremely ill from products that I thought were free of gluten, I want to stress the importance of knowing about this plant protein being hidden in many foods. So how can we know which products may be hiding this from us, and here are a list of just some for you to watch out for?
- Dinner Rolls
- Green Bean Casserole
Just about anything that has a thickener could be holding hidden gluten, and another thing you must consider is if you are having both gluten and gluten-free on the same table this plant protein could be spread accidentally? What many people don’t understand is if one person uses their knife to butter their food, they could possibly be contaminating the butter with gluten without even realizing it?
With so many people intolerant or allergic to gluten you can find many substitutes, and below I have listed just some examples to give you an idea.
- Dinner rolls
You might also find it interesting some of us who are gluten intolerant also can’t eat regular potatoes, and what you want to do is substitute with sweet potatoes instead. Other foods that contain no gluten to avoid are tomatoes. eggplant, and peppers, so this means that anything that contains any of these also could possibly be a trigger for your symptoms as well.
Thanksgiving Meal Alternatives
I have some alternatives for you to consider. Believe me, Thanksgiving food allergies really can spoil your holiday by eating trigger foods that are hidden from you. Let us now take a peek at some of the alternatives I have to share with you, and I hope this is helpful to any of you who have a bad relationship with the most common allergy foods?
- Sweet Potato Cakes
- Pumpkin Soup
- Quinoa Salads
- Corn Fritters
- Vegan Shepherd Pie
- Chocolate Dipped Fruit
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- Gluten-Free Crackers
- Pumpkin Pasta
These are allergy-friendly alternatives to spice up your holiday meal this year, and the majority of people with Thanksgiving food allergies can eat these. For those of you who are new to this, I am going to list some recipes just for you in this article below.
Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Recipes
Since gluten and dairy are very high on the list for allergy food groups, I decided to start with these recipes from The Fit Cookie website. This site is provided by Sarah who is a personal trainer and food allergy mom, and I included a link to her blog for your convenience.
- Gluten-Free Stuffing
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- Ginger Apple Sparkling Cider
- Vegan Biscuits
- Garlic Herb Crackers
- Roasted Rainbow Carrots
- Pumpkin Pie No Baking Required
- Maple Apple Crisp
- Crustless Pumpkin Pie
- Pumpkin Cheesecake
- Caramel Apple Pie
I provided you a link to the No-Bake Pumpkin Pie since this recipe got my attention right away, and the other recipes you can use the link above to go to her blog to get them.
Allergy-Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes
The next blog that I am happy to share with you goes by the name of The Pretty Bee, and this site is owned by Kelly. Kelly recommends these recipes even for those of you living with multiple allergies, so let us see what she has in store for the holidays?
- Nut-Free Chex Mix
- Vegan Cheeseballs
- Turkey Preparation
- Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole
- Gluten-Free Gravy
- Vegan Scalloped Potatoes
- Corn Muffins for Vegans
So I must say Kelly has provided some interesting recipes as well, and I am really happy she included the Gluten-Free Gravy recipe. You can use the link in this paragraph to go directly to the page, and I thank The Pretty Bee for providing these for us.
For any of you interested in any books related to food allergies, I have included this list below. I have accomplished so many of my problems with solutions from good resources, so if any of these interest you feel free to check them out.
- Viruses, Allergies, and the Immune System
- Celebrating Food
- The End of Food Allergy
- Joys Simple Food Remedies
- Essentials of Allergies
- The Allergy Solution
- The Autism Cookbook
These are just a few of the better books I found for you, so I would begin with these to start your search if you are interested in this type of resource?
Mayo Clinic Allergy Tips
Suffering from allergies my entire life I am not a stranger to how miserable you can be, I also suffer from autoimmune diseases that make my life even more challenging with what I am able to eat. so let us see what The Mayo Clinic has to say below.
- Always read food labels, even brands you have been using for years can change their ingredients at any time. So it is better to be safe than sorry, and it just is not worth suffering when it can be avoided.
- Whenever you are out it is important to be extra careful, and the Mayo Clinic recommends when you are in doubt it is best to not take the chance.
- Caregivers should be aware of how important your child’s diet is for them, and as a parent be sure you can trust your caregivers with your child when you are not around.
Even though the tips above are more of a lifestyle they are very important, so let us see what else the Mayo Clinic has to say?
What To Ask Your Doctor?
If you suspect food is causing you symptoms it might be time to talk to your doctor, and for many people, they are not sure what to ask their doctor? So here are some questions you might want to consider talking about at your appointment, and these come from The Mayo Clinic website.
- Could my symptoms be food-related?
- Are there any tests?
- Is this a temporary condition or long-term?
- What treatment do you recommend?
- What are my alternative options?
- How do I manage my existing health issues with this condition?
- Dietary restrictions
- Do I need to see a specialist?
- Is there a generic version of the prescription you are providing me
- Ask for any resources you can acquire online
So this is a good guide for those of you seeking information, and let us move on to the next paragraph now.
Online Allergy Resources
- Better Lab Tests Now
- Kids With Allergies
- Allergy-Friendly Halloween Candy
- Alternate Non-Candy Halloween Treats For Kids With Food Issues
Here are a few allergy resources for more information, and I am more than happy to be able to provide you with everything in this article. Please feel free to leave me a comment at the end of this blog post, and I really do appreciate any support from my readers.
Thanksgiving Prayers For Families
This holiday is very important for us all to be grateful for the things we have, and for any of you interested in some prayers I have included some below for you.
Come, Lord Jesus, our guest to be
And bless these gifts
Bestowed by Thee.
And bless our loved ones everywhere,
And keep them in Your loving care.
We Gather Together Hymn
We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.
Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!
We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still our Defender will be.
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!
For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, For love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends.
You can enjoy even more prayers by visiting the article 10 Great Thanksgiving Prayers, and this is where I got the ones I shared above for you. Before I started using prayer my life was a total mess, and now things just seem to naturally work out for the best leaving my problems up to God.
Thanksgiving Food Allergies
If my article has been helpful to you please leave me a comment below, I would greatly appreciate you sharing what you liked and disliked about this blog post. We all have things to be thankful for, but for some reason, it is naturally easier for us to dwell on the things that are going wrong. This holiday is to remind us to be more grateful and be less negative. Any of you who have family and friends are extremely blessed, and until you find you are all alone you don’t appreciate the people in your life that love and support you.
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