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Top 3 Tips to Get through Halloween with Food Restrictions

Halloween is fast approaching. Chocolate and candy will be available everywhere you look. If you are struggling to stay away from peanuts, tree nuts, gluten, dairy, soy, corn, or eggs, this is a particularly hard time. We all know Chocolate tastes delicious, and it is loaded with sugar, soy and milk. Lindor has slipped gluten into their chocolate by adding Barley Malt extract. Children love to go trick or treating, and want to eat all the candy they collected. How do you stay true to your diet while participating in Halloween Activities?

GO Trick or Treating! Go through the Candy Haul before anyone gets to eat the candy.

Take your kids out with their friends to collect candy. It does not matter what they collect, it is about the experience. You will have to sit them down and talk to them about moderation and which candy they are allowed to have. Throw out any unwrapped chocolate or candy. Check the label of each type of candy; all the O’Henry bars are going to be the same. Make two piles, Food Allergens/Sensitivities and one that is fine to eat. You can supplement the candy that you have to discard with brands you know that are safe for your children, if you want to. The food allergen pile can he donated to children’s shelter or given to other family member that can eat it.

Teal Pumpkin Project

When you see a teal pumpkin outside a house, this means that they will give you non-food related fun products. The Teal Pumpkin Project is raising awareness for food allergies and sensitivities. Look for houses that have a painted Teal pumpkin or have FARE Teal Pumpkin Project flyer. For more information on the Teal Pumpkin Project visit this link:

https://www.foodallergy.org/education-awareness/teal-pumpkin-project

Bring Food you know is safe to eat to any Halloween Party.

It is nice to help out the hostess/host by bringing something to the party. Make sure you are bringing something you can eat to the party. It is not fair to expect everyone at the party to cater to your needs, but you should be able to eat something. This is your responsibility. Another tip is to eat a small meal before heading to a party where you are unaware of the food choices that will be available to you. You will not go hungry and you won’t have to break your diet.

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