April 7, 2017
Allergy Tips

How to survive food and seasonal allergies this Easter

Easter comes with fun traditions, activities, and time spent with family and friends; but most of these activities involve food and the great outdoors. Unfortunately, for allergy sufferers this can present some issues. However, by following a few simple steps, anyone can join in on the Easter fun.

Decorating eggs

When looking for ways to decorate eggs, there are plenty of alternative items to use in the place of eggs. You can use plastic eggs, wooden eggs, ceramic eggs – really anything egg shaped that isn’t an egg!

Also if you or your kiddos have reactions to the dye used to decorate eggs, there are plenty of fun ways to decorate your eggs whether it be with stickers, Decoupage, WashiTape, Sharpies, chalk paint, etc.

Fill your gift baskets with nonfood items

Much like how we celebrate Halloween with the Teal Pumpkin Project, you want to avoid putting edible items in your goodie bags. This can be anything fun and small like stickers, glow sticks, bouncy balls, and various arts and crafts. Pinterest provides so many unique ideas that you can do with your family to make creative Easter basket.

Use food that (almost) anyone is safe to eat

There are brands that are very proactive in avoiding the use of common food allergens in their food products. Amanda’s own, No Whey! Chocolates, Enjoy Life Foods, YumEarth, and Surf Sweets are just a few great companies who make chocolates and other candies that are free of the 8 major allergens. Peeps and jelly beans are also a good choice for a festive treat that is usually allergy free. If you’re looking to avoid tree nut and peanut allergies but want to get some chocolate, Tootsie rolls are also a great snack. With all of these, still make sure to double check the labels.

Be ready for spring allergies

Many Easter activities are spent outside in the wonderful Spring weather. In Central and North Texas, that means Oak season. In West Texas, that means Mulberry. Make sure you take an antihistamine before your outdoor activities so you can breathe clearly while you enjoy your day, and don’t forget to wash your face and hands when you come back inside so you aren’t carrying those allergens around with you. You can check out our blogs on Oak and Mulberry allergies to learn more about the various spring allergies.

Easter is great time to spend with family and friends, and allergies shouldn’t interrupt your family fun!