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Food Intolerances: Learning how to cope with them

Have you been diagnosed with food intolerances? Do you feel overwhelmed? I have 5 steps that will help you to cope with food intolerances!

I’ve always had issues with certain kind of food. The times I felt sick, bloated, or plain dizzy after a meal are too many times that I can even count. At a point, my stomach problems got so bad that I had to go to the hospital, but honestly, they couldn’t find anything and didn’t think it had anything to do with food. It wasn’t until quite a bit later that a doctor suggested, it might be dairy that was causing all the problems and that I should avoid it. They did a lactose intolerance test and it was negative. It was a frustrating experience, as some people said that it was just in my head and that I just needed to eat „normal“ and my body would be fine. Sure enough, that wasn’t the case. I did cut out dairy, which was still at a time where it was super hard to find even soy milk and when the first rice milk tasted like absolute cardboard. But guess what, my problems were bad enough that I stuck with it, and I did start to feel much better. It was dairy after all, even though not the lactose part.

Cut to the present, where food intolerances are pretty well known and taken much more seriously. Sure, they are not allergies – but constantly being in discomfort when eating certain foods is still no fun. While I have cut out dairy for quite a while now (even though I’ve been slacking a bit in the last months), I was having quite a lot of digestive trouble lately. This led me to take a more extensive nutritional screening, and lo and behold, it revealed quite a few more food intolerances. The test showed that I’m intolerant to wheat, spelt, all kind of dairy, eggs and quite a few other things to a lesser extent. I felt extremely overwhelmed at first because the test told me that I was even slightly intolerant to buckwheat, quinoa and oats. Shock, horror, some of my favorite things to eat. I got into the “I can’t eat ANYTHING!” mindset, just because grains are such a huge part of the regular diet here. The right way to think in this case is actually the opposite, by focusing on what you actually CAN eat. And that’s usually more than it feels at first. For me, it’s pretty much all veggies (no bell peppers), and fruit (apples, pineapple, and banana only in moderation), rice, legumes, nuts, meat, and seafood. See? That’s actually quite a bit. It is a matter of shifting your focus! So let me share 5 steps with you that can help you as well to better cope with your food intolerances!

How to Cope with Food Intolerances |

5 Steps that will help you to cope with food intolerances

    1. Focus on what you CAN eat! It feels overwhelming at first when you probably get a long list of things you can’t eat anymore. Try to focus on those groups that you can actually eat – just like I did in the example above. It will put things into a more positive light and might actually give you inspiration!
    2. Add first, then subtract. For example, if you cannot eat wheat flour anymore, look for something that you can replace it with, like corn, rice, or tapioca flour. Once you found something that you like, it will be easier to cut out the item that gives you trouble.
    3. Don’t try to do it all at once – take baby steps. Start with the worst intolerance(es), and then work down. The results will be quicker/more noticeable if you remove all the food items at once that you are intolerant towards, but if you have a long list like I do, it might be easier to focus on the ones that give you the most problems first.
    4. Never be afraid to ask at restaurants. At first, it can be daunting to go out and find something suited for your new dietary needs – if you can’t find anything on the menu, ask the waiter/waitress/chef! They might even be able to come up with something that suits exactly your dietary needs, even though it’s not on the menu.
    5. Find inspiration online! Praise the Internet. It was never easier to find recipes tailored to any kind of diet like it is right now. I love Pinterest for inspiration and also for recipe searching, where I have, for example, curated this board of grain free/paleo cookies.

Do you have any additional tips on how you learnt to cope with food intolerances? Let me know – let’s help each other out!

18 thoughts on “Food Intolerances: Learning how to cope with them

  1. I think food allergies/intolerences can be a blessing in disguise and that’s always my motto! They really do force you to reevaluate how and what you eat and open you up to SO many new things! I know I eat a more crazy varied diet than most any “normal” person!

    1. That is definitely true – you get way more creative in the kitchen than people who never had to give a second thought to what they actually put into their bodies. 🙂

    1. Thank you Jac! I really hope that those tips can get people from feeling overwhelmed to an “I can do this” mindset 🙂

  2. Great advice! I personally don’t have any food issues, but I’ve seen plenty of family and friends struggle to find an answer. I can imagine it being so difficult being told the things you love best are causing you discomfort, but a positive mindset like yours I’m sure makes it so much easier to cope with and even enjoy!

    1. Thank you Jenn! It’s super overwhelming at first – you really feel like there is nothing left. It forces you to become creative though, which is a huge benefit 😀

  3. This is such valuable and great advice! I can imagine it getting very frustrating at times. I think when you have “obstacles” like that in the kitchen, it can actually be quite fun. You get a chance to come up with food combinations that no one else would have possibly come up with. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. This is great advice! I’m helping my mom sort out some food intolerance issues right now, and the steps you describe are all about success strategy. Keeping an open mind and a positive attitude is so important, and I’m glad you’re getting that idea out there.

    1. Thank you so much, Gin! Yes, it’s definitely important to keep a positive attitude, it’s so easy to feel overwhelmed. I hope your mom finds lots of replacement foods for her intolerances, so she doesn’t feel like she is missing out. All the best for her! 🙂

  5. Excellent tips, Kat! I don’t know what I’d do without all this amazing online food inspiration for those on restrictive diets. Pinterest is a live-saver and restores your faith in the fact that you can eat delicious food!

    1. Thank you Aimee! Yes, Pinterest is absolutely amazing – you really can find every kind of recipe there, no matter how restrictive your diet is. <3

    1. Thank you, Linda! I’m glad too – it’s very annoying when you feel bad after eating so many things, but have no idea what exactly in those food items it could be that is making you feel this way!

  6. Awesome tips! It’s amazing how you can actually expand your food choices through a little research. you discover so many fun ingredients you never heard of before. I found my diet got actually a lot more diverse after giving up dairy.

    1. That’s exactly how I felt after giving up dairy – I’ve introduced a lot of plant milk products to my family too and my mum for example never uses regular cream anymore for cooking, but always oat cream. She loves it 😀

    1. It is really nice to have a place to go where people can actually relate. It’s sometimes really not easy when you don’t want to be “that friend” that always needs extras when going out for food etc.. I’m also in a Facebook Group for people with food intolerances and that helps a lot as well 🙂

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