Remember Life With Intolerances is
Enjoyable, Healthy and Normal!
Here are my Top Ten Tips
I learnt these along the way in 2011 as I dealt with severe effects of food intolerances. I hope they help you in some way towards dealing with your food intolerances.
(I’ll add to this whenever necessary.)
- Build up a Habit of Always Reading Labels:
It’s important not to assume anything. Look what I did – all the way through 2011 I kept trying to eat sweet liqourice and not feeling well. Eventually in October I read the label – it’s mostly wheat flour! I ask you. Try not to ignore this Golden Rule, it’ll save you a lot of heartache and wasted days.
- Where to Buy:
Buy in stores you trust and where the staff are helpful and knowledgeable. This way if you’re in doubt about a product ingredients they can steer you in right direction.
- Places to Eat:
To get you started find 3 good places to eat
– cafe for quick meetups and chats
– place for dinner
– more fancy place for celebrations
These will keep you feeling normal as you search for more to add to your list. I found my my old haunts that I used to eat in wouldn’t cater for my intolerance. It took a bit of trial and error but it’s once you find great places it is worth the effort.
- Stack of Goodies: Always have a stack of goodies and bottled water in case you get stuck at mealtimes away from home and there is no food suitable for you to eat. To get started buy products you trust. Over time you’ll build up your own recipes for treats and can use these instead or as well.
- Keep a Food Dairy.
I found this invaluable to me as I was able to pinpoint suspect foods and eliminate them. I only use it now if I’m having constant trouble, but it’s usually down to trying something new or visiting a new place to eat.
- Restaurant / Hotel bookings:
Always check beforehand and ensure they cater for your intolerances. I find it’s always best to work with the staff. In my experience most are very helpful and do their best and so long as you can work with them to change menus options to suit you then it’ll work out well. If you get hassle just bring your custom elsewhere.
There will always be friends/family etc celebrations. When you’re in charge of catering then there’s no problem. If you attending one check beforehand to see if there will be anything for you to eat. If not suggest you bring along some.
- My Starter Kit Book:
Check out my first book with is a starter kit to dairy-free and spelt living. The reason I wrote it that I’d like to have a book like this to give me hope and show me straight away that I could still enjoy and have fun with luscious and indulgent foods.
- Medical Support:
Ensure you have a reliable doctor who will listen and help you through this. Also you may need to attend a nutritionist to get you started on your new diet. There are some nutrients that can only be sourced, or more easily absorbed, if they are from animal sources. So you need to be careful that you are obtaining this nourishment from other non-dairy sources.
Gain as much information as possible on your intolerances to help you look after yourself. It’s not always the best solution to rely totally on the medical profession. You need to work with them to look after you properly.