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Top ten tips for eating safely this Christmas

With the festive season right upon us, excitement in the air and the sound of Christmas music all around us, there’s no hiding from the fact that we’re in the most fun time of the year. Children are excitedly awaiting the arrival of Santa on Christmas Eve, and we’ve almost finished work and school for 2 weeks, hurrah!

Now, Christmas typically is known as a time of delicious food, synonymous with enjoying treats and wonderful meals. But what happens when you’re dealing with allergies? And how can you ensure that those with allergies don’t miss out?

Christmas should be all about having fun, children getting excited and everyone having a time to relax and unwind without stress! It’s also about enjoying family time. This shouldn’t be compromised just because you’re dealing with allergies.

It might take a little bit of planning, but it really can be done, and it’s certainly achievable!

So, here’s our top tips to help you enjoy Christmas and stay safe in the process!

  1. If you’re going away for Christmas, or eating out, make sure you call ahead and find out what food will be safe – you can then give yourself peace of mind that there will be safe food available and make sure that any allergies can successfully be catered for
  2. Be aware of your surroundings, stay alert and don’t feel wary of questioning – by asking if something is safe, it will reassure you!
  3. Don’t forget to read labels – just because something was safe before, it doesn’t necessarily mean it is still safe. And don’t forget that things like milk and egg can be found in wines!
  4. Keep it simple – don’t worry about creating elaborate recipes. Stick to what you know and trust so you don’t put yourself under too much pressure, you’ll still be able to create delicious food
  5. Cook ahead and make safe alternative food and treats as back up and to take with you if you’re eating out or visiting family
  6. Freeze any safe left-over food so you have something to fall back on in case you have surprise visitors that pop in or you get invited out for the day
  7. Buck the trend – just because it’s a Christmas tradition, it doesn’t have to be the case for you. Make your own tradition and special memories for your family!
  8. Help relieve your stress by enrolling someone you trust to help you – be it assisting with the preparation of food, or to be an extra pair of eyes if you’re eating out or visiting people
  9. Always trust your gut instinct, never question it!
  10. If you’re happy and relaxed, your little ones will pick up on it and be happy and relaxed too!

And lastly, don’t forget to enjoy yourself, and remember to have a fun and safe Christmas too! Merry Christmas from us all!

For more advice and information, see our Factsheets on Food Allergy here 

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