How to Host an Allergy-Free Thanksgiving


ThanksgivingThere is so much to be thankful for during this season: family, friends, health, and of course … food. As we get together with our loved ones this Thanksgiving, there are some things we have to keep in mind to ensure that everyone stays happy and healthy:

It’s all fun and games until someone has an allergy attack. For many people, a little friendly competition via backyard football game is a holiday tradition. Aside from the obvious dangers (sprained ankles, skinned knees, elbows to the nose), playing outside this time of year can trigger mold allergies. So perhaps it’s best to leave the sport to the pros on television. Instead, suggest some of these great indoor game ideas from Pinterest’s “Thanksgiving Games” Board.

Fido may be a part of your family, but your guests may not share the bond. The allergens that cause pet allergies are present in the skin cells that dogs and cats shed, and they can remain airborne for quite some time. This means that even when your fur babies aren’t around, the allergens still may be. Before guests arrive, make sure to do a deep cleaning (not that you won’t regardless) and if you can, give your pets a bath. If necessary, keep them in a part of the house that is separate from where guests will be. And if you decided to sneak your loyal companions a little turkey because they are beings such good boys and girls, yes they are, go ahead — we won’t tell.

Food comas are only good if they are caused by eating too much good stuff. In “Allergy-free Food to Give Thanks For,” we discussed food allergies and food intolerances  caused by traditional Thanksgiving treats — those made with milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy, gluten and/or wheat. To help you plan for guests with special dietary needs, we’ve provided some links to allergy-free recipes. These meals are so delicious that you may want to prepare them regardless of whether or not your guests have restrictions.

  • Gluten Free & More: “These great holiday recipes are also free from dairy, corn, soy, rice, nuts and eggs!”
  • Go Dairy Free: “The Biggest Gathering of Dairy-Free Thanksgiving Recipes”
  • Eating with Food Allergies: “With a few substitutions you can have a feast free of the top 8 allergens.”

Keep these tips in mind and you will be the Thanksgiving host(ess) with the most(ess).  

Everyone here at CT Sinus Center wants to thank you for trusting your sinus care to us and hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

For more information on all things allergy and sinus, visit the CT Sinus website and blog.

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