Food allergies can be annoying.
And dangerous and life-threatening but we’re going to talk about 5 things I’ve run into over and over again that, aside from being annoying, have reminded me that we can chat about the little things and forget all the yellow caution tape warnings for this post. *acts super serious when in real life, she’s not* Ignore me.
Let’s dive in.
- People forget I have food allergies.
I seriously want to know if this happens to you. But people ALWAYS forget I have allergies. And in friendships, it will sometimes take six months or a year of semi-regular interaction for people to remember that they can’t offer me a snack. Seriously. Annoying. Facts.
- I know when other people around me have allergies.
Yes, I’m open about it in conversation, so if someone else has allergies, they’ll probably tell me, but there was one instance with a friend when I guessed that he had food allergies because I saw him kind of back away from a snack table. (Which I do. All the time. 🤦♀️) I didn’t ask him, so it was actually five or six months later that I found out I was right. Coincidence? Maybe. But food allergies make you a little more observant of some things. #itsjusttrue
- Allergies make you borderline paranoid/hypervigilant . . . all the time.
Speaking of observant . . . If you have food allergies, you’re very likely prone to being hyper-aware of your surroundings. (i.e. “What’s that person eating?” “Did someone say pizza?” “Why did they bring a sandwich into class!?”)
- You’re probably gonna insult your grandparents.
No hate speech here, just sayin’. My grandmother is the most loving woman on the planet, but she couldn’t make a gluten-free meal in her kitchen if her life depended on it . . . or even if my life depended on it. So, when she’s trying to get everyone together for a meal, it just can’t happen. And I know she’s disappointed about that, because she never fully understands my allergies.
- People always assume I can’t eat anything.
Because gluten is in . . . well, everything, people assume I can’t eat anything. Like, gluten-free flour is a real thing. 🤔 In fact, we’ve substituted pizza, cookies, breads, pastas, and pretty much everything else. Even candy. (Which was nasty. Sue me.) But seriously, folks, I’m not starving. Thanks anyway.
Well, that felt good. 😜 (I know, I’m weird.)
I want to hear your five things (or just one) that have stood out to you. Let me know in the comments!!