Monday, October 26, 2015

Keeping the Halloween Treats Healthy for All-Teal Pumpkin Project

One of the childhood experiences that changes when you get a diagnosis of celiac disease or non celiac gluten intolerance is Halloween.

Instead of worrying about your costume and makeup, you have to worry a bit about the items being given to you.

Well, actually it's your parents who get to worry, especially if you are a small child.

As a doctor who diagnoses children frequently, I know that children as young as 2 can be diagnosed.
Then there are the other allergies that so many children have reactions to as well.
The top eight allergens are frequently diagnosed in childhood,

Tree Nuts
Milk and milk products

What is a parent to do when an entire holiday is dependent on candy and foods?

Change the conversation!

FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project™ promotes safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies.
Launched as a national campaign by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) in 2014, the Teal Pumpkin Project™ raises awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season.

Basically, it means changing the focus from food to fun, by giving away things that children love that aren't food.

How do you let your neighbor's know?
You paint a pumpkin TEAL and display it in your Halloween display.

I got this cute light up version at Fred Meyer yesterday. It is one that I can keep for years.
I painted it using these three colors to get a great teal.

Now I've got a bowl full of treats for the little trick or treaters I expect on Halloween and a bowl full of my favorite lollypops too
Lucky for me, these are free of the top 10 food allergies.

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