When someone has food allergies, their lives can seem limited. They must make serious dietary changes. They often can't eat out at restaurants, and they have to make sure no one in their work/ or school comes with their allergen. Most people don't realize that people with food allergies are sometimes limited in their career options.
Many jobs aren't possible for people with food allergies. The classic example is a chef. When someone wants to become a chef or a baker, they are likely to encounter their allergen. If their allergen only affects them when they eat it, it might be possible to become a chef. However, many people react even if they touch their allergen. This makes becoming a chef impossible.
Another career that people with allergies can pursue is going to the army. Many people choose to join the army (in some countries, it is mandatory). People who volunteer to go to the military will be rejected because of food allergies. Even in countries where army service is mandatory, they won't enlist someone who has food allergies. The army has very basic food for their soldiers, and it's not worth it for them to accommodate someone who has food allergies.
In Israel, the army is idealized by children. Children grow up their whole lives dreaming of the day that they get their uniform and serve the country. So, when a child discovers that they have food allergies, this can be very devastating.
Allergies in the workplace
People with food allergies who work in regular offices often struggle with their allergies. When they start working, they have to make sure that everyone knows about their allergy, and they need to make sure not to eat the allergen in the office. This can cause resentment in the office and make the person who has food allergies feel guilty.
Cafeterias aren't just a place to eat; it is also a place to socialize and get to know your co-workers. Someone with food allergies can't always eat with others (depending on their allergies). This causes them to feel isolated and left out.
Shared kitchens are very common in workplaces. People with food allergies are advised to bring their own utensils and plates (they should also get their own sponge to clean their dishes). Ensure storing them in an isolated area that won't come into contact with the other utensils.
Meetings with clients
Depending on your job, you might need to take a client out for a cup of coffee or lunch. In this situation, people with food allergies are limited. If a restaurant is known to accommodate people with allergies, you might feel more comfortable.
Workplaces often have company retreats or outings that are designed to build teamwork. During these outings, they often go to restaurants or get catered food. This can be very limiting to the food allergy community. The company should try to provide someone with food allergies with safe options, but we always recommend that people with food allergies should bring safe snacks with them.
It is essential to be supportive of people with food allergies. Everyone needs to understand that people who have food allergies often feel isolated and different. It is vital to respect their allergies and NEVER bring their allergen into the workplace.
During our recent visit to Israel, we really struggled to find food for our son who has anaphylactic level allergies to egg and sesame. We approached both restaurants and hotels and were told they were unable or unwilling to take responsibility for preparing his food.
After learning about Dr. Eliana on-line, we contacted her in the hopes that she could provide a ‘normal’ restaurant experience for our family.
Both she and Shani were meticulous in their preparations with the restaurants to ensure that our son had a wonderful and safe experience.
We truly appreciate their efforts to take care of our son, and to provide us with a lovely vacation experience.
T.M., Chicago, USA
We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the amazing gift you have given us over this Pesach- the gift of having you with us!!!!
We have NEVER felt more comfortable, calm, and at ease than we did these past 10 days. Your warmth, professionalism, kindness, and care shown through in all that you did.
My children are so grateful that they were able to be with you this Pesach. You made sure that they were so well looked after and they felt so at ease and comfortable with you! You were so amazing and approachable to them! And they LOVED all the food you so amazingly prepared (supervised allergy-free food preparation, managed menus) for them!
It’s very difficult for us to trust people when it comes to our kids and allergies. You magically were able to take away ALL of our anxieties, and nervousness (and we don’t give that away so easily!!)
We can never fully thank you enough. We truly feel that you instantly became part of our family and we look forward to G-d willing being able to be with you and plan amazing trips with you many many many more times!!!!
Thank you and may Hashem bless you for the work you do. My son Jacob said your allergy card has been very helpful. I am so grateful- beyond words.
L.R., NY, NY
Thank you for delivering our allergy free baked goods to our hotel. We just tasted the focaccia and it was delicious!
All the best,
S.C., New Jersey
We can't thank you enough for assembling this top-notch team of specialists to work with our daughter while she is in Israel.
T.G., Philadelphia, PA
"Food Allergy Concierge assisted us with a very helpful, detailed customized allergy card in Hebrew. The Allergy card was extremely helpful for multiple allergies and allowed us to eat safely in several eateries and hotels. Highly recommended.”
G.A. Illinois USA
My family ordered a week's worth of food from Food Allergy Concierge during the most recent lockdown. Having the food on hand, and knowing that it was safe for everyone in the family to eat, helped turn the lockdown into a stay-cation! We were still able to take a break from cooking and worrying, and we look forward to using FAC's services again in the future.