Doesn't always pay to be polite when you have food allergies

The Evolution of An Allergic Foodie

Lady in food counter overhears An Allergic Foodie regurgitate her litany of allergies and says: I would just die if I couldn’t eat cheese!

An Allergic Foodie smiles politely because her mother taught her if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything.

Waitress at upscale restaurant: How do you not eat bread and butter?  (She may have really been thinking, You look like you eat a lot of bread and butter.)

An Allergic Foodie smiles politely because her mother taught her if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything.

Cafeteria server during son’s college tour: Lady, you sure are picky.

An Allergic Foodie smiles politely so as not to embarrass teenage son and because she taught him if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything.

Waitress at Japanese Restaurant: You can eat the tofu (I’d just told her I was allergic to soy).

An Allergic Foodie smiles, stands up, loudly tells the waitress that tofu is soy, tells the manager he needs to train his staff, then stomps out of the restaurant because her mother never had to cope with food allergies or celiac disease.

If you don’t have anything nice to say, LEAVE THE RESTAURANT.

The Evolution of An Allergic Foodie first appeared at Adventures of An Allergic Foodie.

Adult Food Allergies: You Are Not Alone

Do you ever feel like you’re the only adult with food allergies?

I sure did. When I was diagnosed, I hardly knew anything about food allergies. I’d read the horrific media accounts of children dying from anaphylaxis, and several children in my sons’ classes had peanut allergies.  My hair stylist’s grandson reacted to strawberries.  But no one in my circle of friends and family had developed food allergies later in life.

I was an enigma.  Or so I thought.

Last night at the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference in Las Vegas,  I didn’t feel so alone. Kate, a thirty-something who blogs at www.theDiaryofAnaPhylaxis.com, found out about her life-threatening allergy to lentils when she ate a bowl full–she’d eaten lentils all her life and never reacted before!  More food allergies followed for Kate.

Connie, whose in midlife like me and hosts www.DailyForage-glutenfree.com, discovered her allergy to iodine when she had a medical procedure done.  Iodine is in salt and salted foods.  How difficult avoiding salt must be!

Food Allergy Bloggers Conference

As I looked around the crowded room, eating my delicious gluten-free pasta with allergen-free pesto, I watched others squint at the ingredient signs in front of the prepared foods–how fantastic is was to have the ingredients listed by the chef!  I watched as people flipped boxes over to carefully scrutinize the ingredients. The service dog perusing the room didn’t seem unusual.  The ladies surrounding me compared their medical alert bracelets and discussed the progress of epipens.

It all felt so normal.

Here’s another post about the conference.