Here are 5 tips for an eczema friendly Thanksgiving, some practical, some fun!
Make a list of everything you're thankful for. This can be done by
all the adults and children in your family. I've often read that we
should make it a daily habit to write down everything we're thankful
for, so this day is a great time to start. Anything can be added to
the list from having your family around you, your health or anything
you may take for granted, like just having a roof over your head.
When you take notice of everything you have in your life you start to
realise how much you actually have. Modern society can make us feel
stressed that we don't have it all. We don't need it all, and we
definitely don't need that stress. It's bad for your overall health,
including your eczema
2. Use alternatives for milk. If you normally have to avoid certain recipes because you or one of your family have a milk allergy, you may still be able to make these dishes. A big Thanksgiving favourite is Green Bean Casserole. A traditional recipe uses cream of mushroom soup and milk. You can use rice milk or vegetable stock instead of cow's milk. I've found a lovely and simple recipe for a Green Bean Casserole. It does have cream of mushroom soup as an ingredient, so here is a dairy free recipe for that too!
3. Create your own
Thanksgiving parade. This can be a fun thing to organise in the run
up to Thanksgiving and huge fun on the day. You can either arrange a
mini parade with your immediate family or organise something a bit
bigger with your friends and neighbours. If there is anyone who
suffers from eczema look into using latex free balloons, wearing
masks instead of using face paints, and wearing cotton or linen dress
up clothes instead of clothing made of wool or any other itchy
4. Hold your own 'NFL' game. Another family fun idea that helps to keep the eczema sufferer's mind off their itchy skin, and gets them out in some fresh air. You can get your family and neighbours involved, and make your own rules up! Wear layered clothing as layers can be taken off to prevent the skin getting too hot and drink loads of water to keep the skin hydrated
5. Limit your alcohol intake. Alcohol is very drying to the skin which can irritant eczema, making it itchy and sore. One way to combat this is to alternate between an alcoholic drink and a soft drink, preferably water. Also regularly moisturising your skin during the day will help, especially during the times you're consuming alcohol
Have a great Thanksgiving! :)