Eating pre-event left me free to enjoy the party, celebrate the occasion and not be starved! After a childhood and adolescence of going to parties and not thinking ahead or bringing snacks or eating beforehand, I knew better.
Funny enough, I ended up talking to the bride's aunt who told me about her food allergic children. When it got around to "what do you do," I told her that I write about allergies and asthma and have a website about food allergies called Allergic Girl.
"All of my three children have food allergies!" she exclaimed. "I'd love to you talk to my 15 year old. She's in the other room; she's didn't eat anything and she's really hungry."
"Hungry? That's no good. I actually ate before I got there," I confessed to the mother.
"I wish my daughter had. She just didn't think of it."
Self-Care and Food Allergies
Personally, having allergies, food allergies and asthma gave me was a very high level of self-care strategies from a very young age. Social workers and other mental health professionals use the term self-care often when assessing a new patient. It can include everything from personal hygiene or lack thereof to medicine compliancy, following through with doctor visits or getting what you need in any given medical situation.
"Examples of self-care behaviors include seeking information (e.g., reading books or pamphlets, searching the Internet, attending classes, joining a self-help group); exercising; seeing a doctor on a regular basis; getting more rest; lifestyle changes; following low fat diets; monitoring vital signs; and seeking advice through lay and alternative care networks... Self-care is generally viewed as a complement to professional health care for persons with chronic health conditions."
For someone with food allergies, self-care includes consistent, clear and effective allergy action plans.
Teaching Teens with Food Allergies to Avoid Allergic Reactions
Teens are especially at risk. According to a report by the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI): "Among the risky behaviors: Leaving medication at home when at a school dance, wearing tight clothes, eating foods that could cause a reaction, and failing to tell their pals about their condition," says Scott H. Sicherer, MD, an associate professor of pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.