Managing Food Allergies at College (1)

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Update Date 12/05/2020 . 2 mins read
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University is often the first time you will live independently as an adult. If you go to college and living away from home, such as in dormitories or studying abroad, you are forced to do things like self-study, do for a living and take care of yourself as well as healthy eating. In case you have food allergies, be careful when eating at school or in other countries is extremely necessary. Therefore, it is important to learn to manage your allergies.

Be prepared for college early

Similar to how you begin to prepare the process of learning in college since your high school. The early preparation to deal with the situation of your food allergies when college also equally important. Although still in high school, you can still prepare by using the following steps:

  • Practice how to contact your needs with those around you, including friends and faculty. For example, if you have not explained about the status of your food allergies when eating out, start to do it right from today.
  • Consider the daily needs and adaptations that you may need to go to college. For example, will you need a room in the dorm or lodging with a separate microwave and a small refrigerator? Whether you live safely with other students or do you need a private room?
  • Think and try new ways to minimize your risk of allergy and still integrate into new environments. For example, let’s study the good service shops for food allergies and recommend this place to hang out with friends.
  • You can choose a school with catering services for people with food allergies,… Generally, preparation is always necessary and should do immediately. When in college, you will gradually become independent and to take full responsibility for the state of their food allergies. You can also practice self-control food allergies before you graduated from high school. This will help the transition period from high school to college becomes easier.

Building close relationships with catering services, canteen or cafeteria at the university

As a student with a food allergy, you will need to exchange with food services department, cafeteria or dinner frequented. It is important to talk directly with them. Ask cafeteria or food service areas the following:

  • Currently, how do they help other students is also food allergies?
  • Can you visit the dining facilities in time serve?

As this will help you know how to operate the kitchen as in the peak hours.

If you are studying abroad, you can ask a cooking team whether they have undergone any training session food allergies. You should ask questions about cross contamination and ask if the staff has been trained to recognize anaphylaxis and emergency procedures in the dining room.

  • How is the food prepared for you?
  • How do students access to information about allergies on the menu?
  • These materials may be listed on the network, in the lobby, cafeteria or are available upon request?
  • Who is competent in the cafeteria to answer your questions about food allergies?

In short, you need to identify and notify the condition of food allergies establishments which providing catering services. You can meet with a nutritionist, chef or manager of the canteen to provide conditions and thanks to the support for your allergies.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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