Personal Contingency Actions are key routines you can take and set up to reduce placing yourself into risky situations.
When you have a Food related Allergy, Intolerance or Autoimmune Condition, taking Personal Contingency Actions will be vital for you to not just avoid having a reaction, but also ensure you don't have a negative experience that impacts your plans due to an unforeseen outcome.
In this insight we cover two key areas, where Personal Contingency Actions may ensure a different outcome and a more enjoyable experience if you have a Food related Allergy, Intolerance or Autoimmune Condition- Buying Food Products & Visiting Food and Drink Venues.
1- BUYING FOOD PRODUCTS
Personal Contingency Actions, when buying food products, including ready made supermarket foods, include but are not limited to:
- Checking labels
- Researching all the ingredients
- Speaking to manufacturers about their manufacturing processes
- Speaking to the brand about any "hidden" ingredients
- Calling distributors about their packaging processes
- Reading reviews and other content from others that have a similar requirement
Did you know? There are many safe alternatives to use for many household ingredients and products
2- VISITING FOOD AND DRINK VENUES
Personal Contingency Actions, when visiting Food and Drink venues would be to:
- Call ahead of time to check
- Message them before you go to check
- Read the experiences of other patrons (Google Reviews are a good place to start)
- Go on their website to read their menu and understand their ability to service you (check if they have flexible meals)
- Don't share meals to avoid cross-contamination (unless your dining partners are also eating with your requirement).
All of this will save time and reduce disappointment. Often venues might even specially get the kitchen ready to cook a meal you want ahead of time. So by you advising them with your requirement earlier, it might in fact allow them to cater for your needs.
And most of all, be understanding with Food and Drink venues. Only because a venue doesn't cater for your requirements, doesn't mean that they don't want to.
Food preparation and safety is a highly delicate process, and if you are advised that the venue cannot service you, it is only for your safety and to ensure you can have a positive experience, even if that is elsewhere.
The information provided on Allergy Life Australia is to generally educate and inform you about living with allergies, intolerances and conditions, and is not intended as medical instruction or as a substitute for diagnosis, examination and advice by a qualified health care provider.
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