Tips for dealing with food allergies: 

One of the most important tools I carry with me is this list of my food allergies and restrictions.  The items in bold are those that can kill me or make me very sick.  I have to avoid the others as part of my required low histamine diet, but will not immediately make me sick.  I can easily hand one of these to the server in a restaurant, to a meeting planner where meals will be planned or to anyone who may be involved in anything I will eat. When I travel to a country where English is not the first language, I translate this list into the local language and print several copies to provide at restaurants, etc.

One of the most important tools I carry with me is this list of my food allergies and restrictions.  The items in bold are those that can kill me or make me very sick.  I have to avoid the others as part of my required low histamine diet, but will not immediately make me sick.  I can easily hand one of these to the server in a restaurant, to a meeting planner where meals will be planned or to anyone who may be involved in anything I will eat.

When I travel to a country where English is not the first language, I translate this list into the local language and print several copies to provide at restaurants, etc.

Finding allergy-safe restaurants requires different techniques in different places.  When in major US cities, I often use a combination of a Yelp and a TripAdvisor search.  Luckily, the search features on both of these sites allow keyword searches.  I usually start with entering "gluten free restaurants" near my current location.  Once that list is available, I use a keyword search for "allergy" or for a specific allergen, such as "tree nut."  If I find a couple of restaurants I like, then I check out their menu to see if they offer a lot of complex dishes that include my severe allergens.  I usually offer to select the restaurant for a social or work outing due to the 15-30 minutes this process can take.  No matter how carefully I select, though, I always bring my printed allergy list and discuss the restaurants ability to accommodate my food allergies (sometimes I even call in advance).  If I cannot select the restaurant, then I always call in advance to speak with the manger or chef.

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FEATURED RECIPE:

Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles - delicious and easy, but not for people with shellfish allergies!

Ingredients

  • 12-14 Cooked Shrimp
  • 1-2 Zucchinis
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic
  • ½ tsp of Salt
  • ½ tsp of Pepper
  • 4 tbsp of Butter
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil

Spiralize the zucchini and set it aside.  Melt butter and ¼ tsp of salt in a pan.  Add shrimp and sauté for 2-3 minutes.  Add olive oil, remainder of salt and pepper and garlic.  Add zoodles and sauté for 2-3 minutes.  Makes 1-2 servings.

 

 

 

 


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