What holiday is the most difficult for you to enjoy, so this article will provide you tips to celebrate Thanksgiving with food allergies. I find this is the most difficult time of the year, and the reason I am sure is obvious because food is the main focus on this special day.
The Challenge Of Dealing With Allergies
The holidays are the most tempting times to give in to our cravings, but I must admit of all my allergens. Ragweed is my second most difficult challenge when fall arrives, but I am able to manage this simply by staying indoors more often. But how do we enjoy Thanksgiving, and still stay healthy? So let us see what we can add to our menu to enjoy this special day, and I have some suggestions below for you.
- Gluten-free turkey is our first main concern on this special day, and the turkey itself is safe for you to eat. Wheat starch is added to the broth as a thickener, but this will cause you a flare-up if you are living with Celiac Disease or even a wheat allergy. How to overcome this is to read the ingredients carefully, So I would say this is my most important of all my tips to celebrate Thanksgiving with food allergies.
- The gravy also more likely will contain wheat as well, so you must either prepare your own or shop for gluten-free gravy at your favorite store.
- Old-fashion mashed potatoes are loaded with dairy products such as butter for one, so anyone who has a problem with dairy should avoid old-fashion mashed potatoes. You can prepare your own with this recipe, but if you prefer you also have the option of sweet potatoes.
- For those of you who can’t do gluten, you will want to be sure the stuffing was free of wheat bread when made in the turkey. Many people don’t realize just a small amount of a turkey with stuffing can ruin your entire day, but you don’t have to go without your stuffing. You can purchase a very tasty stuffing such as stove-top stuffing instead, and another option is to use gluten-free bread to prepare in the turkey.
- Green bean casserole is a favorite dish this time of the year for many families, but the traditional recipe for this is not allergy-friendly. I just happened to find this gluten-free green casserole recipe for you, so now you also can have this on Thanksgiving day.
- Many of you might have been skipping dessert since most of the goodies contain allergens. So in the next paragraph, I am going to provide you the solution so you too can have dessert.
As I promised the next paragraph you are going to find some dessert choices that will not trigger any allergy attacks, so read on for the goodies section of this article.
Time For Dessert Recipes
You are not only going to find these are free of allergens, but also great choices for those of you who might be vegans. I do hope my tips to celebrate Thanksgiving with food allergies are giving you hope for the coming of this holiday?
- Strawberry Cupcakes
- White Chocolate Hearts
- Allergy-Free Frosting Recipe
- Chocolate Mousse
- Oatmeal Applesauce Cookies
- Dairy-Free Popcorn
- Fudgy Rasin Oatmeal Protein Balls
- Flour-Less Banna Fudge Muffins
- One-Pan Crazy Mocha Chocolate Cake
- Chocolate Chunk Blondies
I must admit most of these sound yummy to my tummy already, and these were shared by Nadia Murray-Ragg in the article 10 Allergy-Friendly Dessert Recipes for Vegans that can’t eat anything. You must know the majority of my meals consists of mixed vegetables with turkey or chicken, but now I have some tasty desserts to add to my meals.
What About The Children With Allergies?
Since children are very picky eaters I could not leave them out of this article, so what about the children with allergies? Even though I have had issues since I was born, I have never been a picky eater. That is one good thing which has helped me all these years, but what about those who are very picky despite they have allergies as well? Let us just see what some of the great recipe websites have for children, and I have listed some of them below for you.
- Bee My Honey Fruit Dip provided by Carol Gillespie, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Assorted fresh fruit
In a small bowl, beat the first 6 ingredients until smooth. Serve with fruit. Refrigerate leftovers.
2 tablespoons: 95 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 52mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
Dairy-Free Dessert Ideas
Gluten and dairy are the two most common food allergies, so this section will be sharing some dairy-free dessert recipes for those of you who have allergies.
- Gluten-Free Cake
- Gluten-Free Cupcakes
- Peanut Butter And Jam Cups
- Applesauce Raisin Cookies
- Mini Pear Crisps
- Banana Chews
- Quinoa Cranberry Cookies
- Girl Scout Brownies
- Apple Muffins
- Carrot Top Cupcakes
- Apple Pie Pretzels
- Crispy Cereal Bars
- Fruit Hand Pies
- Watermelon Lime Pops
Samantha Hyde shared the dessert recipes above, you can get the recipe for all of these by visiting the article on Parents.com.
What Doctors Say About You
Since what I eat is the trigger for the majority of my symptoms, I wanted to share what I have learned from my resources over the years. You know as well as I know they keep changing the facts on everything that involves our immune system, but here is what I have learned over the years.
- Prevention magazine wrote an article on this topic by Jessica Brown in 2018, and one of the facts she shares is that allergies to what we eat are more common. She also states that this type of allergy affects approximately 4% of adults, let us see what the College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology knows from their studies?
- Since 2004 there has been a 44% increase in adults, and they provide the majority of people develop these allergies in their early 30’s. So does this mean once we hit 30 years old our immune system is beginning to weaken, and if this is so why are some of us born with allergies to certain foods?
- Now, this article also is stating that doctors are saying some of their patients are incorrectly thinking they are allergic to products they eat. What I have found out over the years is if tests don’t confirm something doctors don’t accept you have the problem, but I told my doctors most of my life about my own issues, and they told me the same thing. So when I became in my mid-thirties my symptoms became more severe, and even today the tests don’t confirm my food intolerances and allergies.
- Naba Sharif, MD is an allergist who claims even though our allergies to what we eat are more common, there still are only about 4% of adults with this problem. I would say these stats are going by allergy tests, and I know for a fact these tests are not always accurate from my own experience. So are these statistics really accurate, what do you think about this?
- According to this article, 30% of us are imagining this, and the reason medical professionals claim this is no tests proved it. It also goes on to say that just because we eat something and then get sick we presume we have an intolerance, so are our doctors being fair to accuse so many people of imagining certain stuff they eat makes them sick?
I have been through this very same situation most of my life, and you know what once I did my own elimination test I started to feel healthy again. Even though no tests confirm my allergies and intolerances, once I figured out my triggers and eliminated them I began to recover. So are these tests really worth investing your money and time, I would say to you do an elimination test on your own first
In my own opinion when a doctor can’t find out what is causing your symptoms they presume it is in your mind, but medical tests don’t always show what your problem might be. I had a doctor wanting me to have my gall bladder out years ago, but today I still have my gall bladder. So how many people have gall bladder surgery that might not need it, so I urge you to try the elimination test before allowing them to misdiagnose you. I am going to provide you how to do the elimination test in the next paragraph, so read on if this interests you.
Foods To Avoid
- Night Shades that are tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, and peppers
- Tree Nuts
These are high-inflammatory food groups that are common triggers for allergies and intolerances, and if you have any autoimmune disease these are well-known triggers for your symptoms. If any of these are causing your symptoms you will begin to feel better between two to four weeks, so if you wait as I did until you have intestine damage it can take even longer.
Allergy And Intolerance Symptoms
You could be like me and are experiencing both allergy and intolerances to what you are eating, so allergy symptoms are usually mild, and discomforting. Intolerances usually cause you to become extremely sick, so they are much more severe symptoms.
- Dry Mouth
- Dry Eyes
- Stuffed Up Nose
- Digestive Issues
- Tummy Pain
- Joint Pain
- Muscle Pain
- Brain Fog
- Weight Loss
- No Appetite
Intolerances usually cause you more severe digestive issues than allergies, so if your health is seriously being affected within 20-30 minutes after you eat the elimination test is something you should consider.
How To Do The Elimination Test
This might be the most important of all the tips to celebrate Thanksgiving with food allergies I share with you, and if you noticed you have been becoming ill after this holiday meal the past few years or longer I would have to say you really should consider taking this simple test that will cost you nothing in cash. So let us begin the steps to getting started, and it is up to you if you give this a try or stay feeling sick all the time?
- Begin your test simply by eating natural products such as fruits and vegetables, you also can have grass-fed poultry. You see if you eat beef and they were fed grains they are gluten-contaminated, so grass-fed meats are what you want to be putting into your tummy right now.
- No dairy or eggs as well, and the reason for this are the hormones in them can be a trigger to making you ill.
- Now you want to make a list of what you are going to start eating from now on, and you will want to keep a log or journal how you feel 30-60 minutes after you eat each of these foods.
- Choose the most favorite of the ones on your list to eat for three days, You want to write everything down to eliminate this from your possible triggers.
- After the three days, you will know if this will go on your good or bad list, and now you will choose a new one from your list and do the very same thing.
- It is best, to begin with, what is referred to as the green food zone. Vegetables are your best choices to start your body healing from any damage. Then you will be adding one new food every three days until you know which ones are good or bad for you, and even though this is time-consuming it is the best way to cure your problem with what you are eating that does not agree with your immune system.
For me, it took almost one-year for my body to heal. That is because by the time I diagnosed myself as having a problem with what I was eating my intestines were damaged, so everything I was eating at that time still made extremely sick. You might also find eating very small portions to be helpful, I found this way I was not sick as long from my bad foods.
Tips To Celebrate Thanksgiving With Food Allergies
I really hope my own experience with allergy and intolerances helps you, I suffered most of my life simply because no tests showed I had issues with what I was putting into my tummy. Eventually, everything I would eat would make me extremely sick, and I warn you don’t allow it to go that long or it will take you years possibly to recover. Even today my intestines are not fully healed, and I have accepted they are never going to. If I get even one bite of contaminated food my intestines let me know with severe tummy pain, and often I will have blood in my stool from my internal bleeding. By doing the elimination test you can know what you can and can’t eat on Thanksgiving, and also once you know your triggers you can substitute them in recipes to make them allergy-friendly for you.