Today I am not going to give a recipe, a restaurant review, a product review or anything like that. I am simply going to talk about me having food allergies. I want people to understand my feelings and probably how so many other people feel about not being able to eat certain things or even choosing not to eat those things because they might not be good for you.
I’ve had lots of upsetting incidents but also experienced incredible things. Let’s start with the not so good things so we can end on a positive note.
I have had incidents with people teasing me. I am not going to mention this person’s name but I want to give you an example. So one time, during recess, I was eating my snack. It was dried mango. One of the kids in the class came over and asked “what is your snack?” I told them and they answered like this, “I hate that. You are so gross.” This is a kid who knew I had food allergies and I felt pretty sure that this was connected to that issue. Pretty close in time to when this happened I had just given a presentation to my class about some of the food I can’t or choose not to eat and he was there. I even talked about how I don’t like when people tease me about my food. But he still did it.
I was very upset by this and was feeling very emotional. It made me feel angry and sad at the same time.
Other times I see people with things that I would like to eat, but that I can’t have, like muffins or milk chocolate. I feel jealous and I feel left out. Like, one time I was at a birthday party and everybody started eating an ice cream cake and I couldn’t have it. Everyone was talking about how good it was. I went to another table by myself and started crying. This was a few years ago but I still remember it. Anyway, I bet some of you readers feel the same way sometimes.
But even with all the bad things I can still find positive experiences. One of the good things is that because I have food allergies I started my blog. If not for my allergies, I never would have gotten readers from more than 100 different countries or been on TV and in magazines. I never would have met some of the amazing people I know now. And I never would have gotten to do some of the things I have been able to do and that most people never get to do in their lifetime. But most importantly, I have helped people with allergies or people making healthier choices to find restaurants and products that they can eat and enjoy. And this makes me feel happy and proud.
Another good thing is that I have learned a lot about nutrition. I know how to read labels and all about not just gluten and dairy but also about protein and sodium and sugar. I enjoy reading that stuff. I think learning these things will help me make healthier choices in life.
It can be hard to have food allergies or eat differently like being vegetarian, especially for kids I think. It would be nice if everyone ate different food but no one teased each other.