Question No. 72: How to deal with food allergies?

Eating is just something we do every day - no big deal, right?

Well, it's a pretty big deal if you have food allergies, like our friend Grace. It sounds to me like she's doing a good job of handling this problem. Do you have food allergies? Maybe you can give her some advice?

Dear PLS,
I have food allergies, so a lot of times I'm left out of things. My mom says people won't want to take me places because of the food. I've gotten used to not eating when everyone else is eating, but it makes me irritated when people complain that someone's eating in front of them, and that's what I live with. I don't want to say "Welcome to my life!" though either. What should I do?
Grace, 11 (almost 12!)


Hey Grace, I think you should ask your friends to read this: My Friend Has a Food Allergy. How Can I Help?

The message is for people to try to help you avoid the foods you have to skip. But that they shouldn't focus too much on your allergies.

Any other food allergic girls out there? What's your best advice?

Think pink!
Jemma

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have REALLY bad food allergies. Im allergic to Nuts,soy and peas. And a lot of times my friends offor me things that i cant eat. I try to have them read the label with me because sometimes they forget. Its okay. You can grow out of food allergies.

July 3, 2011 at 7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Grace,
My brother has very bad food allergies.
He is allergic to dairy,wheat,gluten,casen,and more. So my mom has to buy all of us soecial foods that we eat.
Look for the allergy isle at your grocery store.

July 4, 2011 at 10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have food alergies as well im alergic to soy and dairy. my brother is alergic to lots of seeds soy and dairy, my mom is alergic to gluten and my dad to lots of fruits. it can be really hard i know, but the best thing to remember is you can grow out of alergies i used to be alergic to oranges and peanuts as well and my brother used to be alergic to all seeds, fish, gluten and barly, corn, berries there was probably more but i forget. it is really annoying when people with out food alergies whine and complain about not getting things and i totaly agree. im glad it isnt only me with food alergies becauses its just my family alot of times wich i dont like.

July 4, 2011 at 10:51 PM  
Anonymous Katie said...

i hate food allergies

July 5, 2011 at 12:52 PM  
Anonymous Zoe said...

My friend Natasha has very bad food allergies and can hardly eat any of the foods the rest of us eat. She also has celiacs disease which means she can't eat anything with gluten in it, and most foods have gluten so it's really hard on her.

July 6, 2011 at 6:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know that food allergies are VERY bad, and you don't like them but you can get used to it. I just have 1 food allergy, which is all types of nuts, it is hard to get used to it, because you have to read the label and sometimes at restaurants they don't say the ingredients so you have to ask. I know that it is hard, but you will get used to it. :)

July 7, 2011 at 3:44 PM  
Anonymous Annie said...

First thing, I want you to remember I am 11 years old. I have an allergy to nuts, peanut butter, dogs, cats, and pollen. That is a whole lot of allergies. It is very hard to deal with them, because when i was in 6th grade, i had almost no friends. I couldn't sit next to them because of PB&J's. But, I survived and did i mention I have 6 other siblings with all those allergies? And let's not forget the fact I can die in 15 minutes if i eat a nut.

July 11, 2011 at 8:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think it's nothing. my best friend is allergic to some types of fruits and stuff. i know its hard to be allergic to food. but i dont think you shud worry about it too much.

July 12, 2011 at 7:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm allergic to tree nuts and its hard to miss out on all that fancy chocolate...but still, who cares? Next time before you go to a friends house, ask their parent what they are having for dinner, next time at a restraunt, ask if there is any certain ingrediants in the dish, if people give you weird looks, just ignore it!
Hope it gets better!

July 21, 2011 at 11:05 PM  
Anonymous CAREBEAR said...

Hey,Grace

That is sad what i would do is say to my mom is "hey" i want to eat dinner with you and my family so please make food i can eat too.
Your BFF
Carebear

July 27, 2011 at 6:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey there, Grace.

I'm so sorry!

I have celiac disorder. That means You can't eat wheat. But I get treats of wheat sometimes maybe Your parents could do something like that. Hope this helped!

August 8, 2011 at 11:45 AM  
Anonymous RA said...

I know how that feels. Since I'm allergic to Gluten and Yeast, I can't really have a lot of things my friends eat. Basically, I either ask whats in it if its at a restaurant, read the label, or just bring something else with me. Even though when I started, they looked at me a little weird, but once I explained, they understood. They kind of help watching out for me on that kind of thing, like won't eat anything I can't have, but really want. And when people complain, just shrug it off, or just say, I have allergies too, and its so cool we have something in common. They most likely will get the hint. Hope they were off!

August 8, 2011 at 9:45 PM  
Anonymous glamozon said...

Dear Grace, Sorry you are allergic to foods, but don't worry because I am to. All you have to do is ask your mom to take you to an allergy doctor so that you can get a special medicine to that your allergic reaction doesn't become to serious. I am 12 years old so it is hard to get all my nutrients because I am allergic to all fresh fruits and veggies. All I do is cook them with different recipes. I hope you can find a way around your allergies Grace.

August 9, 2011 at 6:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im allergic to eggs and nuts.which means I cant have cake or peanut butter. but the best way to handle it grace is if someone wont take you somewhere you do something else fun. or if u feel left out make something like the food that cant have. [like for peanut butter, sunflower butter] and dont worry about the people who ask irritating questions they are just not used to allergies. hope that helped.

August 12, 2011 at 12:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Grace!! I have a genetic disorder that pretty much forbids me from eating any milk or milk products. It can be tough to deal with, I know, but once you get used to your 'diet', it's simple to follow. If you've ever heard of the resterants P.F. Changs or Red Robin, they are really good with food allergies. If you haven't, you could search them using an internet search engine and find the closest to you, and you could try those places. Hope I helped a bit! :)

September 13, 2011 at 10:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am allergic to all types of nuts,fish,and eggs and its hard especially at birthday parties when i have to sit there and watch all my friends eat cake and have cake fights and i just have to sit there and at lunch one of my best friends always wants me to sit with her and she knows im DEATHLY allergic to nuts but yet every day she brings PB sandwiches and its just really hard but now i finally know that there are others who share the same problem as me and i dont feel so alone anymore

September 13, 2011 at 10:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey i have them to its no biggy its just u so if ur like at a restaurant order something u can eat do just sit around
but i feel ur pain im allergic to dairy so i cant have much either

October 2, 2011 at 6:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have food allergies and I hate them! I know how you feel but i am also sorta happy that I'm allergic to egg so I can't get a flu shot. If you want, you can ask your doctor about pills that can help you with your allergies so you can eat at least some foods that you'd like that your allergic to and not get affected by them for at least a little while. Hope this helped!

Think pink!

October 4, 2011 at 11:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry I have an allergy that gets int he way nearly allthe time. There are some chocolate cakes,chocolate bars,sweets and bread I can't have because I am allergic to nuts. But I think there is a place somwhere in England where they give you a bit of what your allergic to to see if your allergic to it anymore.
Think pink!

October 13, 2011 at 3:01 PM  
Anonymous ♥Quyieraa♥ said...

my best friend's brother died of food allergies because he accidentally ate a walnut when he was allergic to peanuts. he also has asthma and sometimes when you eat something your allergic to you can have an asthma attack. he was a good friend of mine and i will miss him. he was only 15. i would advise you people with allergies to pay attention and if you have allergies AND asthma then carry your epi pen EVERYWHERE and ALWAYS wear your asthma wrist band

November 7, 2011 at 10:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have a food allergy too but what i do is i just really try to avoid the food that im allergic with and try to live with it. it can be hard in the beginning but once you get used to it, you can somehow accept it in the long run. just remember that there's more to life than eating the food you're allergic with. try eating your favorite food (the one you're not allergic with) when you are out with your friends and they are eating the food you're allergic with. :)

November 9, 2011 at 5:43 AM  
Anonymous Elisabeth said...

Dear Grace, I like you have a lot of food allergies including nuts, wheat, gluten, eggs and more so you can ask your mom to take you to a allergy aisle in a grocery store. My mom did and we found a lot of things that I could normally not eat it even tasted good. And also, if you go to a friends house you can always bring some food that you can eat with you.

November 28, 2011 at 2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TRY BEING ALLERGIC TO TOMATO SAUCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO PIZZA,SPAGHETTI,OR SAUCED MEATBALLS!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 3, 2011 at 9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've got a lot of food allergies and I hate them! Maybe you can ask your doctor about a pill that you can take so the reactions won't be so bad. Or if your lucky, you can just grow out of them! I know how it feel. I hope this helped.

January 2, 2012 at 7:37 PM  
Anonymous Warrior Fireheart said...

Hey, i'm sensitive to wheat prouducts. Last time I had it my stomach started to hurt and I got REALLY drowsy (which resulted in a power nap during math).

January 19, 2012 at 8:15 PM  
Anonymous Juliett said...

Don't worry warrior fireheart, pineapple makes my tongue swell up and itch.

July 30, 2012 at 4:01 PM  
Anonymous Juliett said...

Quyieraa, My little brother has asthma:(

July 30, 2012 at 4:05 PM  

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