certainly to eating out. I tend to find restaurants where the staff don't have a high turnover and are very familiar with the kitchen. I have a handful that know me well and will work with me.
It is totally normal to feel anxious about eating once you've been diagnosed, especially if it comes later in life. While living with any food allergy is not easy, it is definitely manageable! Once you find out what exactly you are allergic to and are under the care of a doctor, you can rest easier and put yourself in control since you know what to avoid and how to treat a reaction if it comes. Just give it time!
My anxiety was BAD for about a year, I still have anxiety when it comes to pot lucks or family gatherings. I end up eating the food from people who are close and know my allergies. I don't eat out much at all. My peanut and sesame seed allergy both started in March of 2010, and I still have some minor anxiety. Benadryl and Epi-Pen... take them EVERYWHERE. The kids liquid benadryl I'd what I carry because it gets in the system faster.
It's totally understandable and normal.Im going through awful anxieties currently and avoiding foods that I know I'm ok to eat just 'iincase' I react.
Seems totally absurd but the anxiety then mimics a reaction with the heart racing and so compounds the problem.
Just take your time and as the others have said plan ahead and do what makes you feel comfortable.
Big hugs to you and all :-) oXo
In the beginning I was anxious and felt funny making an issue about things, but now I make things clear from the get go. I posted earlier a link to what are called Chef cards where you list the foods which are bad for you. You give it to your server if eating out and ask her to please show it to the person in the kitchen and if you have ordered something that would have any of these items, could they suggest something else?
When I go to someone else's home I eat before I go, have something in my car if necessary or take a dish to share which is safe for me. Keep in mind, you are going to enjoy someone's company and sometimes you just may not find anything appropriate to eat. Smile and know you can eat when you get home.
As difficult as this all seems, it does get easier. FInd things that you can eat that make you happy and keep them on hand. I have my little treats that I indulge in when I start to feel down about it all. Won't reveal them here as they are not the healthiest, but it's OK since I eat healthy the rest of the time. :) (((hugs)))
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