The holidays are a magical time – filled with hope and kindness. But when you have food allergies, holiday gatherings are sometimes filled with the possibility of being excluded, disappointed, or the fear of having a food allergic reaction.
As parents and patients, we feel like we are constantly educating others about food allergies. Our extended families and friends surely should know by now how real and severe a food allergy can be – shouldn’t they?! Unfortunately, many times our family and friends don’t understand. They underestimate the severity of a reaction and the amount of time and energy we put in to preparing for a regular day – never mind a holiday! We often feel let down and angry when others don’t take food allergies into consideration or are set on upholding their traditions at the expense of someone else’s health and safety.
These disagreements around the holidays can set off a chain of unhealthy interactions that could cause relationships to strain. Don’t end your relationship with family or friends. Try the techniques outlined in the article below first and see if you can teach them about what your life with food allergies is really like.