(Picture 1 = goofy but normal me, Pictures 2 & 3 = wheat allergy reaction)
I went back and forth on posting this, but can we have a talk about #foodallergies and the #foodserviceindustry for a minute? Throughout my life, I've suffered from a number of allergies, some of which I've outgrown (apples, apricots, tomatoes), some of which have been constant (beef), and some of which I've developed later in life... which is the one I want to talk to you about.
I have a #wheatallergy.
Yes, it is a thing. No, it is not Celiacs, it's different.
When I tell people I'm allergic to "meat and wheat," often their first reaction is to argue with me - they've never heard of it, so how can it be a thing? Or, particularly with the wheat allergy, they like explain to me (with their lack of medical education) that some study proved that no such thing existed. (There is NO such study.) But, because there was a #glutenfree fad a few years back that was met with backlash, the general public likes to think they're experts, and that everyone can eat #wheat without an issue.
I'm not going to lie - sometimes I push my luck. Not with the beef allergy, because it’s so severe, but sometimes with the wheat. I'm a big fan of #craftbeer.... It's soo good. But, since my #wheatsensitivity seems to be increasing lately, I’ve been sticking to #craftciders instead. (A little over a week ago, I had one beer, and developed a few hives. I didn't connect the beer with the reaction, so I had another beer. The result was that my arm and torso flushed and i was a bumpy itchy mess.) The thing is - it's MY body, and if I decide to take a gamble with a reaction, that is MY decision. The problem I have is when #waitersandwaitresses think that they have ANY right to judge my allergy, and do what THEY see fit, which is often disregarding my simple requests for menu modifications.
My recent experience was at #bjsbrewhouse, which is usually a pretty safe place for me to eat. I took my dad there for Father's Day and, due to my #wheatreaction earlier in the week, I played things incredibly safe: I ordered a salad, dressing on the side, with no wontons. (Continued below...)