When others offer you food

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Dear Alexander,

My friends, friends' parents, and even some family members are always offering me foods even though they know I have food allergies and I've told them that I need to ask permission from my mom or dad before I eat anything. I don't want to be rude, but it bothers me that I have to keep reminding people about this. Any advice?

It can be hard to keep saying no. Sometimes it's difficult for friends and family members who are used to sharing foods with others to remember that you might not be able to eat the food they are offering. You're doing the right thing by turning down the food. And while it may seem like a pain to have to keep reminding people, try to remember that if they aren’t living with food allergies every day, it's probably not something that they immediately think of; instead, they probably feel as if they are just being polite by offering you food.

The next time this happens, you could simply say, "No, thanks. You might remember that I have a food allergy and I can only eat something if my parents have read the label and told me it’s okay."

Good luck!

Your friend,

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The information above is not designed to take the place of a doctor’s instructions. Patients are urged to contact a doctor for specific information regarding guidelines for care.

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