food allergies

Adam Perry, drummer for the Bloodhound Gang, makes elaborate artwork out of his daughter’s breakfast every day. He felt sorry for her having to eat two slices of white toast every single morning due to severe allergies, so he started “playing with toast to get her excited about her breakfast again.” Source



Please fire me. As the cook in a small restaurant, I take dietary requirements very seriously. So when people ring in and book I ask them on the phone to disclose any allergies/intolerances. Despite doing so, I still manage to get individuals (such as the following one) who show up and demand I cook them something suited to their requirements, even though when they tell me over the phone they had none. This is especially difficult when their said requirements are hard to cook for when i have no appropriate ingredients on hand.
On Saturday a lady who is part of a big group shows up, and literally squeezes her overlarge self INTO my kitchen (???) and tells me she is Coeliac, Lactose free, and has an allergy to garlic and onions, and demands I cook her a meal “just as good as everyone elses.” So I tell her not to eat any of the Share platters I put out for everyone else, and I will make her a suitable meal of her own. 30 minutes later, I personally take this meal out to this woman, to find her eating a SHARE PLATE of zucchini fritters which contain Gluten, Lactose, Garlic and Onions.

Please fire me. I am sure my next workplace would love to know you wrote me up for giving a man, who was going into anaphylactic shock, some benadryl.  Yep, it says “dealing drugs” in the write up.


As a kid with severe, life-threatening, food allergies everyone always asked first what I was allergic to. Oh, just all dairy products and derivatives, and all fish; shell and fresh water. I then tell them that the only other people who have ever prepared meals for me are my parents. Next, people asked in disbelief… “What do you eat?”

These are mostly breakfasts, and not every meal I have ever made. But really it’s not that hard to make amazing comfort food. Hearty, homemade,  healthy food, with a dairy/fish food allergy. 

According to Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), as many as 15 million Americans have food allergies, including 1 in 13 children under the age of 18.

As we head into October this weekend and start making our Halloween plans, be mindful of those who have a different experience this time of year. Support children and families with food allergies/sensitivities through the Teal Pumpkin Project.

Don’t EVER tell me that I shouldn’t raise awareness for a disease because “It’s not that bad, there are worse diseases.” Don’t tell me “It’s just a stomach ache, it’s just joint pain.”

ALL diseases deserve awareness. They effect us all the same.

Whether it’s Cancer, asthma, IBD. Lupus, Ehlers danlos syndrome, CFS, diabetes, or Cystic Fibrosis, and the thousands of other diseases. They are all illnesses that affect our daily lives.

There will always be someone who has it worse. Always. But that doesn’t mean the pain we feel is not real, or less important. When you compare these illnesses, you minimize what someone goes through. Don’t minimize the pain of others, because unless you have gone through it you can’t judge it. You don’t know what it’s like.

Just your daily reminder-

If you work in any type of food service, DO NOT intentionally mess up people’s orders. If they ask for diet, soy, skinny, gluten-free or anything else, DO NOT give them the wrong order just because you think they “look too healthy”, are being trendy or anything else. You are not them, you do not know their reasons, and if you do this you are literal scum. You could kill someone by doing this, or at the very least make them miserably sick.

How to get rid of acne - updated - updated again

…or at least control it

Because I’ve had a lot of experience in this area and I feel like getting this all out. Right now.

updated announcement: if you are allergic to salicylic acid, your life sucks, don’t read this.

also when I say “natural” obviously I mean the ingredients, not the label on the bottle.

Some special snowflakes were being little shits about this, so there you go.

1. Firstly, figure out if it’s caused by food. Most common cause is dairy, however eggs, gluten, peanuts, seafood and soy could also be your problem.

Stop consuming all dairy for a full week and see if your skin gets better. If not, try eggs. Then gluten. BUT while you are cutting one thing out, be sure you eat the other items, otherwise you won’t know what specifically is causing it. And yes, it CAN be a combination. So if you notice your skin clears up a fair amount after cutting out dairy, after a few weeks, try cutting out eggs or gluten and see if it gets even better.

2. Use a gentle cleanser. Don’t use anything that is meant for acne. This will just hurt you in the end. You don’t want to attack your SKIN, only the little assholes on top of it. I use a vegetable oil based soap bar on both my body and face, it’s literally the gentlest thing you CAN use. Tons of dermatologists recommend Cetaphil. It’s not natural so I don’t use it, but it works great for lots of people. The point is, it’s very gentle.

3. Use a gentle moisturizer. Especially if it’s made for sensitive skin, which you totally have if you break out regularly. I love aveda’s all-sensitive line. If you have dry patches from combination skin, get a heavier moisturizer, and JUST use it on those patches. (edit: don’t forget natural stuff like olive oil and coconut oil as well!!)

4. Get 2.5% salicylic acid treatment. You can use it as a spot treatment for a while, and after your skin is used to it, you can just mix it in with your moisturizer at night.

5. Tea tree oil. A huge cause of acne is from bacteria. Tea tree oil comes from the leaves of specific trees that grow in Australia. It kills bacteria naturally. You can use it for freaking everything from acne to cuts to fungus. Okay. LEARN TO LOVE THE SMELL. You will when you see what it does for you. I use it so much, when I smell it, I feel like I’m home. No joke.

Apply it all over your body and face with a cotton ball, wherever you break out. Especially on any areas you also sweat on. Also, if you work out regularly, apply some BEFORE your work out and you definitely won’t break out from it. Though you still need to shower afterwards. Oh, and never use the same cotton ball from your face on your body and vice-versa.

edit: some people can be sensitive to full strength tea tree oil, however I’ve never experienced any sensitivity myself.

6. Retin-a cream. I’ve not had success with it, but a lot of former acne-sufferers swear by it. Give it a shot! Do your research first. People say it lessens oil production, too.

7. Cleaning. Think about the things that touch your skin on a daily basis. Pillowcases, blankets, makeup brushes, etc. These are things you must wash often! Bacteria is not your face’s friend!!

8. If all else fails, and you’re a lady who is mentally mature enough, go on the birth control pill! It’s not natural and we’re probably slowly killing ourselves with hormones, but it will lighten your period, lesson or eliminate cramps, improve your skin, and just sorta regulate everything. Make sure you get on low-dose, because regular-dose will NOT make your skin better, and low-dose is just as effective at preventing pregnancy. You HAVE to take it at the SAME EXACT TIME, EVERY DAY. So don’t screw that up.

9. Accutane is always the last resort. In fact, I would argue against it every time. Try everything a million times. Accutane will destroy you.


10. Exfoliating. It’s important for everyone, but especially for people with acne. You need to get rid of dead skin cells or they will sit on top and clog your pores and bleh. If you only get mild break outs, you can use a wash cloth or exfoliating glove, and gently rub your face in a circular motion in the shower. Do it a few times a week. Don’t waste your money on exfoliating washes/scrubs, just use your normal, gentle cleanser.

If your acne is red and angry, you need a chemical exfoliating agent. DO NOT use anything rough or harsh on your face or you will just made it redder and angrier. Go for a BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliant. It will probably be a bit drying, so moisturize, moisturize!

11. Don’t wash your face more than twice a day. In fact, try switching to once a day! My skin started producing a lot less oil when I started only washing my face at night. In the morning I either just splash some cold water on it, or exfoliate in the shower (no soap), then towel dry and follow up with tea tree oil & aveda all-sensitive moisturizer.

additional notes:

I’ve noticed that my skin produces less oil when I eat bananas regularly. Huh.

Fruit/honey etc masks are a waste of time, JUST EAT THE FOOD INSTEAD. Though cucumber slices feel awesome sometimes.

A healthy diet, rich in colorful veggies and fruit will do wonders for your skin, hair and nails. Also, a daily gummy vitamin never hurt anyone.

Most cosmetics made these days won’t make you break out. It’s honestly pretty rare now. But you NEED to wash it ALL off, every night. If you get lazy sometimes, buy some Burt’s Bees facial cleansing cloths and keep them in your bathroom for those nights when you just DGAF.

Olive oil is the world’s best makeup remover. It’s cheap, it’s good for your skin, AND IT WORKS. Don’t buy that chemical crap. …just be sure to wash it off afterwards.

Don’t use benzyl peroxide products. They might work now, but the after effects of such harsh products will start showing in a few years. Also, if you combine them with salicylic acid, it can have a significant burning effect. So uh, don’t do it.

If you are a smelly sweating person, apply tea tree oil to your underarms before using deodorant. The smell is caused by bacteria, after all.

…kay I think I’m done.

edit: i’m not done!!

Where you get acne says a lot about the cause

1 is usually caused by stress

2 is usually caused by problems like not enough water, not enough sleep, lack of vitamins etc

3 is usually caused by food. this is where you get those horrible cystic zits that never go away.

4 is hormonal. almost all of us break out there during our favorite time of month.

edit: Yo there was one person who said this map was bogus, but absolutely, the mouth and chin IS where you get the most hormonal zits, and the lower cheeks ARE where you get food related shit.

 “I have severe food allergies and it makes it very difficult to eat and socialize. I never got invited to birthday parties or other parties, because people were frightened or didn’t want to bother, despite my mother offering to send me with treats just so they wouldn’t have to cater to me. At the age of 18, I had my first full meal, outside of my home, at The Coral Reef at EPCOT. It was amazing, the chefs were wonderful and so was the food. I felt “normal”. I will love Disney always for that.”