Food Restrictions

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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11740 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think if it will have a serious adverse reaction, calling it an allergy is fine.  If your airway gets blocked, tell them it’s severe enough that trace amounts could swell your airway shut.

I get annoyed when people say they’re allergic to things they don’t like.  In your case, you have a physical reaction to something in the shrimp, and it’s not something to mess around with. If you just didn’t like shrimp and said it, that would bother me.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@abbie017:  you have a physical reaction that is unpredictable, so you avoid it. While it’s more complicated than an allergy, it’s understandable to have that dietary restriction.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

If it’ll hurt you say it’s an allergy bc that’s the only way to ensure you won’t be served it, accidentally or not. I have this issue with aspartame and other artificial additives. I don’t have an allergy in that I will swell up and potentially suffocate but for some reason it makes me break out in a fever, gives me a migraine from hell, and I will typically throw up almost non stop until they inject me with something in the ER. Once I even passed out after accidentally drinking diet coke (all this tends to happen within 20min to an hour after eating or drinking it). I call it an allergy.

 

Not liking something though? Not an allergy. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

A food allergy is different than a food preference. 

If I host something at my home I will take into account food preferences to an extent. If someone doesn’t eat pork I will make sure the entree is not pork, but I will not use a substitute meat for all of the side dishes because it tarnishes the integrity of my dishes.

We don’t have a food allergies, but my husband has food sensitivites such as lactose. He will skip things I make for him, but he won’t make it a big deal when we eat out. Either he will pass on what’s offered or be polite and take a bite.

 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Im guessing that when people ask about severity, what they might mean is “Are you safe to eat food that has been prepared in the same kitchen as your allergen”. They may be worried that a trace amount of accidental cross contamination may cause a major reaction. 

 

What I hope they don’t mean is “If it’s a mild reaction, can’t you just suck it up and have a little”. That would be very rude. Plus, allergies can tend to get more severe with repeat exposures, so what just gave you a rash before could send you into full blown anaphylaxis the second or third time you try it. 

 

I recently found out I have coeliacs disease. I don’t have terrible symptoms after eating gluten, only fatigue, but I know it’s causing internal damage. (and putting me at risk of malabsorption, anaemia, osteoporosis and lymphoma in the long run). If someone were to ask me ion a restaurant I f it was severe, I’d probably tell them that it could make me  very unwell, because I want them to take me seriously – I don’t want any carelessness because it won’t cause much symptoms anyway. 

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