You are allergic to nuts, or gluten probably, or oysters or even prawns!So sit down and read this blog carefully, this is serious business. Nah! Sorry, I’m not going to say that. What I will say is, “So you are allergic to either this or that? Cool! Just get to know everything about your food allergy and get going. Don’t let food allergies come in way….specially when you can eat all that you like with allergen free foods!” Here is what you need to do:
Learn: Always learn about your allergy as much as you can; helps eliminate fear. Learn what triggers it, the symptoms, preventives & cures. Also, learn about allied products. So if you are allergic to Kiwis for example, chances are that Strawberries will have the same effect. Gather information so you are not always apprehensive.
Ask: It’s good to ask questions and making informed choices. At the restaurants, at the super market, at the movies snack bar. Always ask if the food is free of stuff you are allergic too. Never assume. Many joints take pride in serving food that is free of gluten, nuts, sugar & MSG. You can ask the staff to make your food allergen free.
And in case the staff is not too sure about the ingredients, just bunk it. It’s not worth it; tomorrow will be another cupcake…I mean day!
Read: Always read labels on packaged food products. As per regulations, all food products are supposed to declare any possible allergic ingredients. Sometimes, if you are the chosen one and are allergic to something reasonably rare, then chances are that it may not be mentioned. In this case, go back to advice № 01: Ask, it’s free!
Write: When traveling, write down the name of your allergen/allergy in the local language of your destination. Do not rely only on your pronunciation skills of the local dialect, for pronunciations can sometimes change the entire meaning. “Did you read the story that was read in the class yesterday?” See what I mean! So simply write it down. It will help.
Back up: Carry a small back up when traveling. I know people who do not take well to peanut butter but Almond butter works fine for them. They carry a small jar, just in case they’re unable to find something suitable on a particular day. This holds specially true in case of children who are allergic or if you are traveling to an offbeat destination.
Seek: Yes, listen to your inner self. Sometimes if your gut tells you not to eat something, don’t eat it even if the waiter claims it’s free of allergens.
Also, seek help from your inner self to rid yourself of allergies. According to alternate therapist Louise Hay, allergies are a physical manifestation when we deny ourselves our power and are irritated with life . Try this affirmation: “The world is safe & friendly. I am at peace with life.” Believe in it when you say it; and you may just be able to say goodbye to your allergies.
Note: Please do so only under the guidance of your medical practitioner. Let them know what you intent to do and see if it can be done with backup help at hand.