Let’s face it. Adulting is hard. Between mortgages, holding down a decent job, keeping a social life, maintaining your body, and remembering to text people back, THEN you have to worry about food allergies. In fact, 20% of the UK population currently have to watch what they eat. The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology predicts that by 2025, that will rise to half of the population.
Finding out you have a food allergy can leave you feeling like Tom Hanks when he lost Wilson. Fear not, there are always ways to work around your intolerance to enable you to enjoy your favourite foods. You can swap bread for sweet potatoes for your daily toast, or eggs for avocado in baked treats. While there are tasty alternatives to your favourite foods, you do need to transition into your new lifestyle first. Here are a few suggestions to make that a little easier.
Clear out your kitchen
The first thing you need to do is clear out your kitchen. Unless you’re a sadist, keeping offending foods in your cupboards is a miserable idea. We’re not advocates of food waste, so why not donate foods that you can eat to a neighbour or a food bank? Contaminated surfaces can be a nuisance so be sure to thoroughly clean all of your cooking utensils, cookware, and oven. It's also worth checking your skincare products for potentially allergenic ingredients. Ain’t nobody got time to wake up looking like Donald Duck from their new face wash.
Make meal adjustments
It’s a common misconception that changing your foods is a nightmare. On the contrary. The only rule of thumb you need to keep in mind is if you are removing a food group from your diet, be sure to replace it with something else of equal nutritional value. If you discover you can no longer eat dairy and you relied on this as your main source of fat, you can swap for an avocado instead. Trust us, there is always another way. It's not necessary to give up on your favourite meals. Get yourself in the kitchen and get creative! If you’re not into cooking. Why not invest in a meal prep service instead?
Plan ahead when eating out
When you are newly diagnosed with food allergies, the thought of eating out can feel quite daunting. It doesn’t have to be that way. Most restaurants have a list of common food allergens on their website, so make sure to have a look before you go. You’ll be surprised at how accommodating restaurants can be. There are laws in place to support you so don’t think you’re being a pain. If you can only have a few ingredients on the menu, don’t be afraid to mix and match!
Balancing dietary needs with your work life
We want to get something straight. Finding out you have food allergies is not the end of the world. People aren’t going to act like you have Ebola - but we can’t promise you’ll be free from ridicule. Fret not, this is often from a place of loving banter. While you might want to keep your dietary needs to yourself, it’s good to remember that they cannot be helped. You might as well embrace them and start living a comfortable, pain-free life.
Adjusting your diet to your newly discovered food allergies needn’t be dramatic. With a few initial changes and tweaks to your food, you’ll be back to normal in no time.We have perfected the art of creating natural and free from gluten, dairy, wheat, egg, soy, and corn recipes that you can enjoy as part of a healthy, balanced diet. For a delicious treat on the go, why not give our baked brownie a try? Order yours today.