What It Is REALLY Like To Have Food Allergies

What It Is Really Like To Have Food Allergies

Many people don't realize how limited certain peoples diets can be, especially people with food allergies... like me! Keep reading to read up on some funny incidents that come with living with food allergies...

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I am severely allergic to all nuts, dairy, eggs, and all seafood as well... yeah so basically I can't eat anything. Luckily, this is an inconvenience I have had to deal with since the day I was born, trust me, my mom can tell you all the horror stories about my allergic reactions growing up. While you think it would be easy to manage a healthy diet by now, its actually very difficult, at-least it has been for me. If you have food allergies maybe you can relate to some of these constant hassles and funny/chaotic incidents that come along with having allergies.

1. The constant phrase

"OH MY GOSH YOU CAN'T HAVE ______" My response is always "you name it, i'm probably allergic to it." I get this one almost any time I hangout with new friends or when I hang with people that don't know me super well. Does this happen to anyone else with allergies? or is it just me considering I'm the "poster child" for food allergies according to my allergist. But seriously... people are always so shocked when I tell them I can't eat pizza or ice cream, it's honestly like they heard the most shocking news in their life LOL. Maybe its just because I'm used to not being able to have that stuff you know considering i've been allergic to it my whole life.

2. Never knowing what/where to eat

This is definitely one everyone can relate to but I feel like its even harder for people with food allergies. 95% of the time I can't eat where my friends or family want to go which can be frustrating at times. My friends and family have always been GREAT about making sure I have had something to eat if I was going to a restaurant I can't eat at. I cant tell you how many times I have walked into fancy restaurants with a Zaxby's bag in my hand... you should see peoples faces, its honestly hilarious. Luckily I have the BEST-EST friends in the world and they always speak and stick up for me which is even more funny. But hey, sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do and sit back while your friend politely screams at a waitress about how I cant eat anything on the menu. Again... does this only happen to me haha??? Allergy people let me know seriously.

3. Having to sit certain events out

I don't know about anyone else but I have definitely had to sit multiple events out due to some of my allergies. It gets old and embarrassing at times to sit around your friends and just watch them eat. You know now that I think about it, it actually is just creepy... so yeah sometimes I like to just sit things out and that's okay! It also could just be the introvert in me though haha. There are certain restaurants I have to stay away from as well like Texas Roadhouse or Logan's because of the extreme amour of peanuts everywhere. While I can be around foods I'm allergic to, I don't like to take the risk just to stay safe.

4. You can only get like one thing on the menu

This one is definitely the biggest hassle. When I say I can only get one thing of the menu i'm a over exaggerating a little but seriously ordering more than just some french fries or even just a drink at a crab shack is just too much of a risk. Some people with allergies could probably handle the effects of cross contamination due to how severe their allergy really is but like I said, I am severely allergic to seafood so say I want some french fries and they were fried in the same fryer that previously contained shrimp...well that brings me to my next point.

5. Unexpected hospital trips

To finish that sentence, I would go into anaphylactic shock and have to go to the hospital. This has happened so many times I can't keep track. say I ordered some french fires and made the waiter/tress aware of my circumstances. Sometimes the food would come out fine and I would have no problems but other times even if I did mention my allergies, I have received my meal and ended up leaving the restaurant because the reaction starts after one bite for me. it seriously takes the smallest amount to trigger a reaction. This doesn't just happen with meals, I have had TWO allergic reactions to two different smoothie places (you'd think I learn), Popsicle's, heck! even my own sister even fed me a brownie when I was two that led me to the hospital. Mistakes happen, human error exist its fine i'm alive and well but it can be a scary situation and I try to avoid it as much as possible but sometimes plans change right?

6. Reading the ingredients on EVERYTHING

I always double, even triple check the ingredients before I even think about eating something because chances are I probably am allergic to it... you would be surprised how many things are contained in certain dishes. Its like... do you realllllllly need to put milk or have traces of milk in chicken noodle soup? I don't know that just seems quite odd to me but like I said you never know, always better to be safe than sorry!

7. The slight perks

Did you know that having food allergies is considered a disability? I mean I didn't really think of it as a disability when i started thinking about college and dorm life. I am so extremely lucky to have been able to live in a dorm room with a full kitchen in it. It was so helpful this past semester to be able to cook my own meals without the fear of a reaction occurring. So while it isn't the best having food allergies, there are good things that come of it like...

8. Saving money

I'm not sure about others with allergies, but I feel as if I don't spend as much money on food considering how limited my options are sometimes, especially while at college. So that's always a nice perk too, you know how much us college kids love saving every last penny.

9. Staying in shape, uh kinda

I was a chunky kid. Growing up my mom and I just kind of had to figure it out along the way. We visited many dietitians, allergist, and befriended others with allergies in hopes to find some dishes I would enjoy but never had much luck. I continued to eat my chips because I was terrified to try any new foods because I was scared that I would have a reaction. The older I got, the more I trusted my doctors, and then I was more willing to trying different things. Going to CofC has also broadened my food options. I began eating many vegan meals because i'm allergic to dairy and eggs so it was a perfect alternative. While I was headed into my freshman year I really thought I was going to have a rough time eating at the dining halls and finding things at the corner stores that I could eat but I actually found balanced meals. Instead of gaining the "Freshman 15" I ended up losing some weight my freshman year. I was eating more balanced and healthy meals and didn't want to spend money on snacks a lot so that also helped... don't get me wrong though, I definitely had my fair share of nights where I would eat an entire sleeve of Oreo's (which are vegan btw!!!!). It was nice to shed a few pounds though without even realizing it until now honestly, but were only like two weeks into summer and I already am taking midnight trips to the pantry... shhhh...

10. The best perk of all

Last but definitely not the least, the perk of being me. I look at my allergies now as something that makes me unique, something that makes me, ME. I use to get upset due to some of the obstacles having allergies required me overcome but I wouldn't be the same person I am today if I wasn't allergic to everything under the sun right? I choose too focus on the good things that have happened to me because of my allergies rather than focusing on the things that are expected to happen to a person with major food allergies.

I hope that you were able to either relate to some of these incidents or at least learn a few things from all of this! It is shocking how many individuals are unaware of the fact that every 1 in 13 people have food allergies, according to; FARE, "Food Allergy Research & Education." If you want to read up on FAQ'S visit the FARE website or click here https://www.foodallergy.org/life-with-food-allergies/food-allergy-101/facts-and-statistics

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8 Reasons Girls Who Love Tequila Are Better

Because if she can handle tequila, she can handle you too.
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There are all kinds of alcohol stereotypes out there but the one associated with tequila is probably the worst: tequila makes you crazy. But if there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that women who drink tequila are one-of-a-kind.

Whether it's loving or fighting, you'll never find anyone who does it better than a girl who just straight up loves tequila, and here are a few reasons why that is.

1. She's independent

A girl who drinks tequila is probably the same girl who has absolutely no problem telling it like it is. She knows what she wants and goes after it.

2. She doesn't care what you or anyone else thinks

Oh, you have a problem with me taking shots and having a good time? Well, get over it! Bartender, a shot with salt and a lime please!

3. Always dancing

Tequila is an 'upper' so instead of sitting at the bar doing nothing, let's dance! Let's get moving!

4. There is never a dull moment

Speaking of dancing, a girl who drinks tequila is always down for a good time. Whether it's going on an adventure or seeing who can take the most shots, a tequila girl is always down to party.

5. While everyone else is starting to get sleepy, she has all the energy

Like I said, tequila is an 'upper' so while the other girls at the bar are starting to feel groggy and sad, she's all over the place having fun and partying on the dancefloor.

6. She's stronger than the girl crying over a vodka cranberry at the bar.

Sad over a breakup? Don't go for the vodka... Tequila will make you feel better in no time! Plus you can challenge the hot guys at the bar to a shot taking contest.

7. Tequila is healthy for you

Tequila is a probiotic, so some tequila a day keeps the doctor away. Yay for shots!

8. She can hold her own when it comes to alcohol

Any girl who can shoot some shots at the bar all day and night can handle alcohol, which means she can handle herself too. You won't have to deal with her constant breakdowns and mood swings because she will be too busy ordering more shots.

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A Saturday In The Life Of A Freshman

Welcome to Darty Season

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Have you ever had a more stereotypical freshman's Saturday than my friends Maddie, Lauren, Jocelyn, Meg, Barbara, and I? Keep reading to see a packed day in darty season from a freshman's point of view.

9:00 am

My alarm that I meant to set for the day before goes off. I begrudgingly roll over, and turn it off, falling back asleep.

10:00 am

I finally wake up, roll, or jump, out of my lofted bed, grab my laptop, and do a little studying for my exam on Monday -- there's no time for that later today, so I've gotta get some of it done then.

10:30 am

Shower. Pick an outfit. Brush teeth. Makeup. Pack a bag of extra clothes.

12:00 pm

I walked downstairs to the lobby to meet two of my friends who were gonna walk with me to Tutweiler Hall.

12:30 pm

My friends and I at the fundraising event

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We arrived at Tut, met our friends, then left to go to a philantropy event at Sig Tau sponsored by B+, an organization that assists the families of children diagnosed with cancer. Their burgers and fries were top notch.

2:30 pm

The Hackberrys, a band comprised of UA students, played the event. We left to go back to Tut after a few songs.

3:00 pm

We finally got back at Tut, changed clothes, listened to music, hung out.

3:45 pm

We *finally* left for Pike (sorry mom!). You know how long it takes five girls to get ready, so don't act so shocked.

4:10 pm

Myself, super escstatic about having to wait in a mob of people to get in

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Have you ever arrived to a frat when it's at capacity? Yeah, around 100 screaming girls were shoving to get into the darty. It was an experience like no other, but eventually, we made our way in. It may have been in groups of two, and we definitely lost a girl to the crowd (she's fine!), but we made it.

6:30 pm

After dancing on an elevated surface or two, walking in circles around their courtyard, watching an active climb into a basketball goal, and waiting in a way-too-long line for the restroom, we decided to go back to Tut.

6:45 pm

We definitely made a stop to grab a snack or two on our way back to Tut.

7:15 pm

After realizing that none of the parties at night were gonna start until around 10 pm, we decided to watch some random YouTube videos and Netflix to pass the time. There was also another stop for snacks at the infamous Julia's on the first floor of Tut.

9:30 pm

My third outfit change of the day. We decided to leave Tut for frat row for the third time that day, too. I wanna say my total steps for the day was around 17,000? It was a lot.

10:00 pm

Best view in the house (Myself on the left, Maddie on the right)

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We got to Sigma Pi as the party was just starting to build up. Their band room was filled within the hour, and they had a pretty good DJ. Although the active yelling at me and my friend to get off the stage was no fun.

11:00 pm

Have you ever faked out a frat boy with a soccer ball? Well, now I can say I have.

12:00 am

After someone pulled the fire alarm on Sigma Pi, we decided to walk back to Tut.

12:45 am

My two Ragecrest friends and I decided to take the bus back because, after the stretch to and from frat row three times, we had no more walking left in us.

1:00 am

Canes chicken tenders. Enough said. It's the way to end a night.

It was a very packed, but very fun and eventful day. We pretty much hit all the spring semester stereotypes: walking along and to frat row, going to a darty, going to a frat party, going to a philanthropy event, and more. As crazy as the day was, I highly recommend trying a day like this once because you won't forget it!

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