Holiday Parties with Food Intolerances

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As the holiday season approaches, many of our social calendars are being filled with holiday parties and family get-togethers. Good food, drinks and company always make for a festive atmosphere, but what happens if we have food allergies or intolerances? So many of the typical party foods are laden with gluten, dairy, you name it…which has the potential to stop us from enjoying the same refreshments that are on offer, especially if you are at a work function and don’t want to come off as the picky eater or play 20 questions with the party organizer about ingredients. And what if the party is after work and before dinner, and you’re HUNGRY? Here are a few tips that require a bit of proactive-ness and pre-planning on your part, but really could pay off at the end of the day and help you enjoy the festivities.

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Food allergies vs. Food sensitivities

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This very helpful article below from Dr. Frank Lipman talks about the difference between food allergies and food sensitivities (aka intolerances), in particular with reference to kids. Both are immune system responses and both are on the rise. Learn about what they mean and what to look out for.

Food Allergy versus Food Sensitivity: What You Need to Know

Robyn O’Brien June 26

It’s Food Allergy Awareness Week this week.  In the early years of this work, when we first began speaking about food allergies, people used to look at you like you were making it up.  How could a child be allergic to food?  And since when?  As kids, we ate PB&Js and had cartons of milk for lunch at school. They weren’t loaded weapons on a lunchroom table.  What’s changed?  And why has it changed so fast? 

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