Valentine’s Day and Food Allergies

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I’m sure as some of you read this you’re wondering if your child is staying safe at the Valentine’s Day party at school.  I don’t know that feeling, as we are planning on homeschooling at this point.  I can’t imagine the stress many food allergy parents go through on holidays and during the class parties that MUST, according to many parents, go on.  I like to have fun and celebrate, but let’s face it, I think Valentine’s Day has gotten out of hand, and the whole purpose of showing ones love has gotten so materialized it’s hardly about love anymore.  So what do people want out of V-Day anyway, and what’s the skinny on all the cards, chocolate, and flowers?  Mylan, the makers of Epi-pen, released some interesting myths and facts about V-Day, and I find them interesting.  Read on to see how well you know Valentine’s Day facts.  (Click on graphic for larger view)

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 Myth or Fact: Valentine’s Day is the most popular occasion for sending greeting cards

Myth! According to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 145 million greeting cards will be bought for Valentine’s Day, making it the second most-popular card-sending occasion in the U.S. Christmas is the most popular.

 Myth or Fact: Everyone loves to get a box of chocolates

Myth! For people who have potentially life-threatening (severe) allergies, getting a box of chocolate might not be a welcome gift. Many chocolates may contain some of the most common food allergens like cow’s milk, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts.

 Myth or Fact: The average adult spends more than $100 to celebrate Valentine’s Day

Fact! The average adult celebrating the holiday will shell out $126.03, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2012 Valentine’s Day Consumer Intentions and Actions survey.

 Myth or Fact: More than half of people purchased flowers or plants as gifts for Valentine’s Day 2013

Myth! Twenty-five percent of adults purchased flowers or plants as gifts for Valentine’s Day 2013; of those, 64% were men and 36% were women, according to AboutFlowers.com.

 Myth or Fact: You can experience a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) from a kiss

Fact! It is possible to experience a life-threatening allergic reaction if you kiss someone who has eaten something to which you are allergic. Your best bet is to ask your loved one to stay away from your allergens before you pucker up.

What special things are you going to do to love the food allergic person in your life?  I suggest making safe treats for them like Chocolate Sunbutter S’mores Dip, homemade bread, or chocolate cake.  Whatever you do, keep it real, connect with the ones you love, read every label, and carry your Epi-pen.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

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2 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day and Food Allergies

  1. Happy Valentine’s Day to you! The flu hit our home this week, wouldn’t you know it…after I’d agreed to bake treats for our 5th grade son’s class party (as I always do each year due to food allergies; thankfully teachers allow me to manage and attend parties). Divvies to the rescue! I’m so grateful I was able purchase Divvies cookies (brownie and sugar varieties) so that I could then simply whip up homemade frosting and decorate away! I used vanilla frosting on each cookie, then used a red gel frosting to “draw” adorable hearts atop each. They turned out so cute and yummy! Who says food allergies are a drag when it comes to fun, tasty ideas! I say we food allergy parents are just up to a bigger challenge…and I’m more motivated to out-do anything I’d “normally” create if allergies were not a concern. And our son’s class LOVED their cookies! :)

    • Cheryl, I hope you’re feeling better and were able to enjoy your V-Day! That’s great that the Divvies cookies turned out! I’m line you, I love to still make allergy food just as awesome as ” normal” food.

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