Whether you suffer from food allergies, environmental allergies, or are simply over-cognizant about cross contamination, cooking can be stressful. Using the proper utensils, thoroughly cleaning your workstation, and having adequate cooking instruments are just the first few steps in successfully and safely cooking in your kitchen while avoiding an allergy attack.
At The Allergy and Environmental Treatment Center, LLC, Dr. Liszewski and the entire allergy staff ensures patients are prepared to manage and treat their allergies the second they step out of our office. Located in Scottsdale, Arizona, we are centrally located so that allergy sufferers from across the valley have easy access to our care. People who suffer from food allergies and celiac disease should consider the following tips for safe cooking in the kitchen to reduce the risk of allergy attacks.
1. Determine food allergies and severities. If you suffer from peanut allergies, for example, it will be advantageous to have your children tested for allergies, too. Many people suffer from anaphylaxis due to airborne traces of peanuts. Be sure to keep peanuts out of the house. If you do keep peanuts in the house, label your foods as ‘safe’ so that your family knows what to stay away from.
2. Consider a family diet. The best way to avoid allergy attacks all together is to keep everyone in the family on the same diet. That way, the chances of cross contamination are virtually nonexistent.
3. Stock your kitchen. Always be prepared for cooking. If you have to cook separate meals for your family’s allergies, it is good to have back up utensils and tools so that you aren’t constantly washing them in the sink. Have numerous cutting boards, knives, and colanders, for example.
4. Sanitize your hands often. Wash your hands between every cooking step, from prepping to cooking to serving.
5. For households with celiac disease, purchase a second toaster. Have gluten-free bread and a separate toaster so that the two do not come in contact with whole-wheat bread.
6. Time and prepare every meal. If you constantly have to make separate meals for different allergies in your family, stay organized. You don’t want to go into the kitchen without a plan and skip a step. Keep a checklist of everything you need and how you can time your meals accordingly.
Allergies don’t have to control your life and your meals. Take this opportunity to embrace whole, fresh foods. Implementing a strong and healthy diet is another way to combat aggravating food allergies and jumpstart your journey to a healthier lifestyle. For more information of safe cooking strategies for allergy sufferers, contact the specialists at The Allergy and Environmental Treatment Center, LLC today!
Providing the most comprehensive testing, diagnosis, and treatment of allergy diseases, The Allergy & Environmental Treatment Center, LLC is the leading allergy clinic in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. If you suffer from environmental, food, or chemical allergies, don’t wait any longer and call us now at (480) 634-2985!
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.
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