Does it really suck having food allergies or is that just a part of life?
Many people are under the misconception that having food allergies sucks; that it must suck not being able to eat certain foods. Most people when you tell them that you have a food allergy, sensitivity, or intolerance usually respond with, “oh, that sucks.” But, the truth is we learn how to live with it. Yes, it may be hard at times, but we still live our lives the best way we can.
Everything changes once you develop an allergy, sensitivity or intolerance. You change your diet, your outlook on life, and you’re more aware of your surroundings. It’s the same with anyone who has a disability or anything else that may impact their life. They may struggle sometimes, but they learn how to live with it and how to change their ways in order to live a better life. When you develop a food allergy, you are more cautious of what you eat, you read the labels for everything you buy, you carry an Epipen just in case. You are always prepared for what might happen.
People may think that you miss out on all the “fun” “delicious” food that “everyone else” gets to eat, but you find even better, more fun food that you are able to enjoy thanks to allergy-friendly companies. You know what you can and can’t eat thanks to your allergies, which allows you to stay away from harmful foods when they’re in sight.
You learn how to live in a way to keep yourself safe where it just becomes part of life; you don’t see it as living a different life or living differently than everybody else. You’re just living your life the best way you can. Carrying an Epipen becomes normal. Reading the labels becomes normal. Being extra cautious at restaurants becomes normal. It’s just what you do. It’s how you live YOUR life and that’s all that matters.