I haven’t blogged much about food allergies lately, so I’ll let this be a substitute post… with tips compiled from the experts. This is a great list, & I agree with everything stated, though I have my own personal way of going about things.
What do I do different? I don’t like phone calls. Sometimes, the wife calls for me. Sometimes, I peep the menu online. Sometimes, I break down & call ahead.
My favorite anecdote on this subject… I called an Amish restaurant in Ohio and asked if they had shellfish, and was told that they had lobster, shrimp, and oysters… but nothing was served in a shell.
I’ll let you think about that for a minute.
Anyway, I can’t stress enough… ask the right questions, to the right people. Don’t trust people telling you “oh, they don’t have any [whatever you're allergic to] on the menu”. Happens to me all the time. 90% of the time, they’re wrong. Check yourself! Ask if there’s any daily specials that don’t show up on a regular or online menu. To relax, it helps to surround yourself with supportive friends & family. It helps to go back to places that you know are safe. Don’t eat w/o your Epi Pen close by. (I have been guilty of this. It’s dumb – like riding a motorcycle without a helmet.)
What do you think about the tips? What do you do before dining out with food allergies? What advice would you pass on to the food allergic?
- Message from FAI and Research America – Food allergy action required! (aixelsyd13.wordpress.com)
- 7 MILLION People Allergic to Shellfish? (aixelsyd13.wordpress.com)
- Kids and Allergies… (parentingintheloop.wordpress.com)
- Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl And other tips from a food-allergic adult on how to host a safe party for kids (theinsider.retailmenot.com)
- Back To School Series Part 3: School and Food Allergy Basics (thefoodallergymom.wordpress.com)
- New Food Allergy Study: Becoming Worse (momstowork.com)
- The Food Allergy Mom Currently Featured at AllergyFreeMouse.com (thefoodallergymom.wordpress.com)