13 January 2014

What's Your Story with Food Allergies

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Stories like this (below from Iris Brown) come across my desk every day and while I try to keep up and publish special articles and share with the world, especially the food and medical world, it doesn't always happen in a timely fashion. 

These stories are what keep me running Food Allergy Gal and iLaraHolland, Special Dietary Needs Consultancy for restaurants, bakeries, cafeterias, etc. 

I don't know of a single food consultant in the world who does what I do exactly and is active in helping bridge the gap between medical and food industry by bringing real solutions to business, that actually work through education, technology and hands on solutions.  

I surround myself  with more than just other food allergics or food allergy support groups. I am in the face of the restaurants and businesses across the world. I am with the people, for the people on the ground floor of life and business, every single day. 

I don't sit in a fancy office making executive decisions. I am usually making executive decisions when I am on the road or in a restaurant kitchen and public dining rooms- not just my own kitchen. 

While food allergies are first world problems and the last thing someone can think about when they can't even put food on the table because they can't afford it (which I really understand, as I've been there many times) It's an issue that if not addressed can kill or make someone very sick and unable to function for weeks at a time. 

I share these stories to help others, help others and create a world where living life isn't just about food allergies, it goes back to being able to LIVE and ENJOY life again. 

Iris Brown writes and shares this story from an online Food Allergy Support Group. 
"I could use some support.
My allergies are: dairy, eggs, yeast, corn, pineapple, melons, all peppers, avocado, cranberry, clam, oysters, radish, scallops.
A couple of those produce severe reactions, some are delayed, most are minor, but uncomfortable. 
Needless to say I feel my best when I avoid them all. Yet, my menu is extremely limited and I'm finding it more and more depressing to eat dry plain salad every time I'm away from home. Not to mention some people just don't understand and I get so so so tired of explaining that I'm not picky, a food snob and yada yada.
So I've been eating some items more regularly and my health is getting poor and I've put on 10 pounds.
Due to the depression of feeling left out, misunderstood, and severe inconvenience I'm having trouble sticking with my desire to choose to better my health by saying no.
Does anyone else deal with this everyday?  Does anyone else deal with depression about food allergies?
If so do you have any suggestions?

E-mail me your story!
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Your stories make all the difference in the world to me. I want to know because I care and sharing your story helps others too. 
 I want to make a difference in your life and for those who come after you. I am interested in building a world where you can enjoy eating, shopping and cooking again so you can function doing the things you love. E-mail me your story: info@ilaraholland.com

1 comment:

  1. It is overwhelming have multiple food allergies. I was diagnosed in 2003 and corn is one of mine. It can be very depressing when dining out. There are no real safe choices for those with corn allergies. Have you thought about asking for lime slices and olive oil? Looking at your list that seemed like a safe bet.


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