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Cooking fresh at home is the best way to avoid food allergies.

There I was at my doctor’s office staring at a lengthy allergy list; practically everything on it was a favorite food. His voice faded as my frustration grew.

I’ve learned a lot since then. Here are some more tips that can help you live with allergies:

What’s in this again? Cooking at home is the best way to know what’s in your food.  Plus, you’ll find when you eat out again that your taste-buds have changed – greater incentive to eat at home.

“Fast Food” restaurants: If your meal is piping hot on your table minutes after you’ve ordered it … beware. Sure, no one wants to wait an hour but there’s a price to pay if you have allergies. Many chains heat up pre-packaged foods and have little control over what’s in their meals.  I had an embarrassing experience once: “We don’t use MSG here,” yelled my waitress, after I’d asked about ingredients; multiple heads turned. Minutes later, the manager quietly told me there wasn’t any guarantee their foods didn’t have MSG in it as meals were prepackaged in an out-of-state factory.

Favorite spots: No one wants to cook every night. Further, where do you go on girls’ night out or on a date? Find places that are willing to accommodate you. If they’ll clean the grill, cook your food separately and use different utensils – keep ‘em.

Explain away: You don’t want to be reaching for an Epi-pen while on a date. Be selective – even "simple" looking meals are tricky. It’s a drag, but explaining your allergies to your server can make all the difference.   

Say what? My rule-of-thumb is, if I can’t pronounce most of the words on the label and there are more than four lines of ingredients, I move on. Skip brands with paragraph(s) long ingredients and wordy tongue-twisters. Also, pursue other brands (especially organic)—they usually make healthier choices regarding ingredients. 

What are some other ways you manage daily with food sensitivity and/or allergies? Tell us your experience. We would love to hear from you.

A journalist by trade, Corinne has written for both the military and civilian populations. She has a Master's in Writing and Bachelor's in English. She is also a military spouse and her family is currently stationed at Fort Hood.

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Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro

Hi WEJohnsn, Thanks for visiting the site. I'm sorry you feel that way. For some people allergies are a life and death issue. In fact, a child recently died at school because of allergies.

Is there anything in particular you'd like to see me write about? Any topics that interest you about health and wellness? Let me know. Thanks again.

WEJohnsn

you people complain a lot about things you think others owe you.

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