The comment section strikes again.
The blogger who wrote an article “How Not to be Obnoxious at Restaurants If You Have a Food Allergy” recommends lying and telling servers you have an allergy – regardless of your condition.
However, the readers (aka the comment section) say it’s not okay to lie…even when you have celiac disease.
Why? Most servers don’t understand the complicated biology between an autoimmune reaction when the body ingests gluten with celiac and how a food allergy works. If an “allergy” is all they are trained to know, and you don’t have a spare 30 minutes to explain all the intricate details of how celiac and gluten ingestion works, I SAY LIE! If you have to use THEIR terminology to get the point across, do it! I say “I have a food allergy. I have celiac so I cannot have gluten.” Their ears hear ALLERGY and they perk up. I love my food allergy community and I think we all need to keep our health first, even over proper scientific language if it gets our point across.
Disney even lists celiac as FOOD ALLERGY on the ticket. So does my local Mexican restaurant when I order the corn tortillas on my fish tacos. “ALLERGY” is just the lexicon for “WATCH THE EFF OUT WHEN YOU’RE COOKING THIS.”
What are your thoughts?
Any servers out there (well, those that weren’t familiar with celiac and/or food allergies). What do YOU need to hear that sounds the alarms in your head to make special notes?
READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-13331/how-not-to-be-obnoxious-at-restaurants-if-you-have-food-