Have you ever told a white lie to be kind, to protect the feelings of others, or maybe to simply avoid the stigma of having food allergies? You're not alone.
For some living with food allergies, telling a white lie can be a way to protect themselves. Sometimes it's easier not to share your unvarnished truth, especially when it doesn't hurt anyone else.
Have you ever found yourself saying any of the following?
1. "No, no. I'm not hungry."
2. "I'm not scared/nervous/anxious/unsure."
3. "I'm fine. Really."
4. "I already ate."
5. "I don't like that food."
Here are some conversations from the community about this topic:
“This is so annoying, as all my friends and even my kids stopped inviting me anywhere as we are all scared that something might happen. How dull and lonely my life is as there is no support.”
“I have decided to go see a different doctor and see if I can get further tested for my other suspect foods and to be referred to a dietician!”
“Did I just get used to that feeling that my heart is beating out my chest?”
Why do you choose a white lie over sharing your true feelings?
What do you wish you could say instead?