If you have dietary restrictions, you are very aware of how much having a social life revolves around food. Ice cream socials, pizza night, coffee with friends, potlucks….food is everywhere. If your friends don’t have dietary restrictions, social outings can start to feel a bit like a minefield.
No one wants to be the person who vetoes every restaurant, so if you’re anything like me, you’ve eaten before girl’s night out parties and drank a soda while everyone else had pizza. Now, I have been gluten free since 2012, so I’ve got stuff figured out. I bring my own food or eat beforehand. I ask questions, or bring a safe potluck dish to share and serve myself first from it— no matter how rude it looks.
But I have family and friends who love me, and who want me to feel included. So, I’ve been asked over the years how to make me feel more included, or how to make me feel safer at gatherings. Now that my daughter has food allergies, we’ve also met plenty of parents who want my daughter to play with their kids, and who don’t want to poison her.
So let’s talk about how you can be a food allergy hero and take care of your friends instead of being a food allergy zero….and poisoning your friends.