embarrassed of food allergies

drwangenThis article, while directed at people with food allergies, is for everyone who has specific food requirements (not just those with life-threatening allergies), and for their friends, family, and co-workers. Whether your food choices reflect morals, religion, health concerns, or just taste, they are your choices and you should feel empowered to eat what is best for you.

How many times have I heard the words: “I don’t want to be one of those people”? A friend of mine just said that to me today. She has food allergies.

She really likes how she feels when she doesn’t eat her food allergens and she feels like crap when she does eat them. She is fairly committed to not eating them.


She confided to me that when she was at someone else’s house recently she ate something that she knew she shouldn’t eat. And then what happened? She felt awful for the next few days. And the next words out of her mouth were, “Of course I had to eat it. I don’t want to be one of those people.” I said, “You mean one of those people who cares about their health enough not to sacrifice it?”

Hmmmm… That gave her cause to pause a bit.

Isn’t that exactly what you are doing when you decide to eat whatever is put in front of you? You are punishing yourself. And why do people punish themselves in this way?