Happy New Year!! With allergies

Hi! My name is Giulia, and I’m allergic to peanuts, nuts, fish, and seafood.

Happy New Year! It’s the time of year when people start afresh and make resolutions. Throughout the world, there are people who have decided to lose weight, eat differently, or just become a little more pleasant to the people around them. I take a little time to think about my experiences with allergies and how I can improve my allergy management practices in the upcoming year.

Whether you’ve had a severe allergic reaction or no encounters with your allergen, you too can take a couple of minutes to reflect. Here are some things to think about:

1)      How effective were my allergy management strategies?

A notebook opened to a blank page, with vegetables and a cutting board around it

What’s new on your menu for this year?

Did I react to anything this year? Did I have any close calls? Take time to think about any allergic reactions or other risky situations you experienced this year. Did I always read food labels and talk to restaurant staff before eating? Did I always carry auto-injectors?  Think about these things – and changes you can make to avoid allergic reactions and manage risky situations in the future.

2)      When do my auto-injectors expire?

Take a few minutes to check the expiration date of your auto-injectors. Write them down on a calendar, and remind yourself to contact a doctor or pharmacist when needed.

3)      What’s new on the menu?

Cook a new recipe without your allergens, or try a new allergy-safe activity. Trying something new is the perfect way to start a new year – especially when you can share the experience with friends and family members!

Thinking about these simple things will help you to prepare for the year ahead! It’s important to make sure that you’re safe, as well as happy, this year.

What will you be doing to make this year a safe one?