Preparing for any day out when you have allergies is a bit like a military operation. The necessary drugs, inhalers, Action Plan and EpiPen must all be ready, as well as snacks, perhaps even sandwiches or a meal and your fully charged mobile phone, should you need to use it in an emergency. Make sure you always wear a medical necklace or bracelet, but especially on a day … [Read more...]
Allergy lessons learnt from a holiday in Portugal
Our week in Portugal was not quite what we had planned. The weather was overcast and rainy but we did have some days with amazing weather, travelled around and took in the sights, managed to eat out on a few occasions and found lots of things in the local supermarkets which were suitable. I also learnt a great deal which could be useful for anyone travelling with allergies. 1. … [Read more...]
Fish cakes at The Pink and Lily
Today I was treated to lunch by an old friend at one of my favourite pubs and I suddenly realised that I haven't shared this place with anyone. It's a real old English pub but also has a great menu; nestling high up in the Chiltern Hills, The Pink and Lily in Lacey Green is one of Buckinghamshire's best kept secrets. I am always amazed at the attentiveness and care the staff … [Read more...]
30 Tips for Eating Out with Allergies!
If you have life threatening allergies, the chances are you'll have felt fear and anxiety at the thought of eating out, trusting staff and risking a potential reaction to your food allergen. The fear is real and I completely understand. Having struggled with panic attacks and serious anxiety myself, it's something I take very seriously, and if i eat out I make sure I'm as sure … [Read more...]
Can you enjoy fast food with allergies?
Food labelling has come on leaps and bounds over the years, and although vague 'may contain' warnings can be very frustrating, at least it's better than not being warned at all. So what are our restaurants and fast food chains doing about this? Have you ever seen a menu in a restaurant that listed the allergens in each meal? There are very few who offer this, and it isn't … [Read more...]