Turkey, Stuffing and A Side of Food Allergies and Emotional Eating. 5 Tips for Surviving

The table is set. Turkey, mashed potatoes, with unforgiving sides of food allergies and emotional eating. For those who have a problem with food, the food holidays can be a stressful nightmare. Read Elika Kormeili’s tips to surviving the food holidays.
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How Well Do You Cope With Food Allergies, Food Intolerances, Food Sensitivities Or Restricted Diets?

Elika Kormeili, works with many individuals to help with create healthier relationships with food. The holidays present to be a more stressful time for more people. Typically over the holidays, people stress out about their gift shopping and party planning. For those with restricted diets, the holidays can be even more stressful.

Just in time for the holidays, test your ability to cope with food allergies, food intolerances and/or a restricted diet.

Quiz: Test Your Ability to Cope With Food Allergies, Food Intolerance, Food Sensitivities or Restricted Diet

Answer yes or no to each question and then rate the level of distress that each “yes” answer contributes to in your life. Distress rating is between 0-10, with 10 being the most distress possible, and 0 being none.

1. Do you ever feel anxious whenever you are asked to attend a social event that may involve food, such as a party, wedding, or even just happy hour? yes or no: level of distress 0-10

2. Do you avoid social events that involved food because of anxiety, fear, or embarrassment? yes or no: level of distress 0-10

3. Do you ever feel resentful towards loved ones when they eat something in front of you that you can no longer have? yes or no: level of distress 0-10

4. Do you ever crave the foods you can no longer eat? yes or no: level of distress 0-10

5. Do you find it hard not to cheat or break your diet? yes or no: level of distress 0-10

6. Do you have a child with food allergies, diabetes or other food restrictions? yes or no: level of distress 0-10

7. If you answered yes to number 6, do you have difficulties talking to other parents, schools, babysitters or other people about your child’s dietary needs? yes or no: level of distress 0-10

8. If you answered yes to number 6, does your child’s food restrictions cause you overwhelming stress, anxiety and fear? Is it affecting your relationship with your child? yes or no: level of distress 0-10

9. Are you afraid to travel due to food restrictions? yes or no: level of distress 0-10

10. Do you avoid taking trips and vacations due to food restrictions? yes or no: level of distress 0-10

11. Are you experiencing stress in significant relationships due to necessary changes in your lifestyle? yes or no: level of distress 0-10

12. Do you find it hard to just enjoy time with your family or friends because you are constantly worried about food restrictions? yes or no: level of distress 0-10

There are many other factors you may also want to think about, however if you answered yes to any of these, Elika Kormeili can help you overcome these obstacles! If you find that there are areas that you would like to change and improve, give us a call to schedule an initial consultation at 424.274.2276

Post Halloween Food Allergy Survival Tips

Trick or Treat? Let me pick my own treat! When your child has food allergies, going trick or treating can be a real trick. This week, Center for Healthy and Happy Living’s founder, Elika Kormeili, talked to many concerned parents about their children with food allergies especially about surviving Halloween.





 Here are how some parents are suriving Halloween with their food-allergic child:

1) Some parents will run a few houses ahead of their child. Explain the situation to the homeowner and provide them with approved treats and candy.

2) Some parents will only take their children trick or treating at the homes of friends and family Approved candy is already stashed there.

3) Parents will let their child go trick or treating and then switch out the candy with approved candy.

4) Families will have a Halloween get together instead of trick or treating. This way the parents are in control of what their child eats.

Here is a tip from us: focus your child’s attention more on activities (Halloween crafts and games) and less on food.

***If you do take your child trick or treating (even with pre-approved candy) make sure to check their bag (and candy) because as you know children love to trade candy and some people may not understand the severity of your child’s food allergies.


How did you survive this sugar-infused holiday?