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10 Tips to Avoid Turkey Day Disasters

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Dietary Disasters


A gathering centered around eating all day can be a recipe for any number of mealtime mishaps. Here are some tips for disaster-free dining.

  • The considerate hostess will do an allergy check before planning her dishes. If someone has a serious allergy to a particular food, it's best not to use that ingredient in any dish -- a hospital run is never a welcome holiday outing.
  • Try to be aware of any vegetarian guests and make sure they'll have options.
  • It wouldn't hurt to brush up on the Heimlich Maneuver. With lots of talking, eating, and laughing comes the possibility of choking.
  • The carbohydrate- and fat-rich meal has been known to cause the drowsy condition, "food coma." It sounds serious, but don't worry, it's nothing that a nice nap or strong cup of coffee can't fix.

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