Why Food Sensitivities Suck [Video]
Anyone who’s been to a dinner party knows the drill: One person is lactose intolerant; another can’t stomach gluten; someone hyperventilates when he eats nuts; and the rest of the crowd is on a 30-day vegan challenge.
For the three or four percent of adults who suffer from a food allergy, and the rest that have food sensitivities, it’s obviously a serious issue. But it’s also important to remember not to take ourselves too seriously, even when it comes to our health.
That’s the subject of a new video, directed by Michael Bihovsky and Lily Bayrock and featured on the Fooducate blog. “One Grain More” is a — less teary — play on the song “One Day More” from the Oscar-nominated musical “Les Miserables.” The musical, detailing the struggles of 19th century French lower classes, might not seem like a good proxy. But in the new video, four people lament their sensitivities to lactose and gluten as they try to put together something palatable and instead get a batch of stuff that looks like it’s “coming out of someone’s nose.”
Greatist is all about accommodating food sensitivities in a healthy lifestyle (we’re looking at you, gluten-free cookies), but those of us with food sensitivities also know how frustrating they can be. It’s nice that there are other people we can identify with, even if we can’t sing as well as they can.
Do you have a food sensitivity? Are you able to joke about it or is it just plain frustrating? Let us know in the comments below or tweet the author at @ShanaDLebowitz.
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This is a fitting title because living with food sensitivities do suck! Joking about it is the only way to go though because I find people either completely dismiss your allergy (or sensitivity) or they become entirely too serious about it. I'm unlucky to have a peanut allergy (and varying sensitivities to to other nuts) but lucky enough that my tolerance level towards these allergies is no where near as serious as other people I know. My running joke is that its fine if you eat it around me as long as you don't try and throw it down my throat or rub it all over my face. This usually puts people at ease as they begin to talk about how much it sucks that I can't eat peanuts and list all of the good foods I'm missing out on...like I didn't already know.
I can honestly say that I've never had an issue with being on a restricted diet. Maybe it's because I enjoy cooking and baking and like the challenge of figuring out what flours and combinations work together, i don't know.
Yes, it does suck when you go out to eat and try to find something allergy friendly but you get used to it. However, I rarely eat out anymore just to save money.