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- Eating Out With Food Allergies - October 5, 2016
About two weeks later, I was diagnosed with more allergies than I could keep up with. I was devastated. I started immunotherapy, but nothing could have prepared me for the judgment from waiters, friends, family or doctors. Everyone was suddenly questioning whether I was just being melodramatic about my allergy symptoms. What’s more, people were suddenly telling me what I could and couldn’t eat.
As someone who had been—and still is today—struggling with an eating disorder, the unsolicited feedback in regards to my allergies didn’t pair well with my eating disorder. I already had a terrible relationship with food, and now I was having to listen to everyone’s advice on my eating habits. They all had their own opinions and didn’t understand why I didn’t appreciate their input. I was deemed rude and ungrateful and disrespectful because I wouldn’t actually follow through with their advice.
It sucked. I went to immunotherapy, but I didn’t start to “feel” any better until I wasn’t having to do it every day. It wasn’t working. There are people who say it works, but I’ve found the only thing that actually works is eating fresher foods and avoiding the life-threatening allergens like the plague.
I stay inside during the spring and summer most of the time, because pollen is so in the air that I can’t even. Winter is my favorite season because of this; the the trees and many plants are dormant, which means pollen isn’t throwing a lot of parties, which leads to less pollen-related #allergyproblems.
I am a work in progress, with an aim to make food my friend. One of the ways I do that is through subscription boxes. A favorite of mine was “Send Me Gluten Free”, which is now known as Love With Food’s Gluten-Free Box. Another way? Would it be weird if I said my allergies keep me grounded?