We All Have Allergies: How to Cook and Eat with Allergic Friends

My friends and I all have such ridiculous food problems, food allergies, and food intolerances that you’d think we should have all perished by now. Some of us are just picky eaters. Some of us react badly to chicken or meat. I have an amine intolerance / amine allergy. One of my friends has Crohn’s. Some are gluten-free. One of my lucky friends is gluten-free and also has a bad soy allergy. Yet another is on an almost entirely carnivorous diet.

So if we all want to get together and cook… HOW do we make that work, without spending hours on a conference call together? With Excel, that’s how.

I built a spreadsheet that lists out many ingredients, as well the names of my friends who I eat the most with. By reading across the ingredient lines, we can see that if an ingredient is listed all the way across, it can be used in the dish that is being prepared.

For this list, anything on the Low Amine Grocery List that is in the high or very high column will not be listed as a useable ingredient. Low Amine and Very Low Amine will be listed, and the Moderate Amine column will be listed as a “sometimes” ingredient.

A key to help you build your spreadsheet:


  • (No Listing) = Should NOT be ingested.
  • Italics = Can be eaten infrequently, in small quantities, or; Not a big fan of this food
  • Bold = LOVE to eat this!
  • Bold Italics = LOVE to eat this, but can do so only rarely.
  • (CK) = Can only eat if thoroughly cooked.
Please feel free to download this free tool to help you in your quest to eat well – even with an amine allergy AND friends with other food allergies.
****How To Cook and Eat with Allergic Friends****
To download the spreadsheet onto your own computer for editing, open the document, save it onto your computer, and open/save the document that’s on your computer.
How to download the amine allergy tool from google docs

How to download the "amine allergy tool" from google docs

Good luck, and happy eating!
Published on September 15, 2011 at 10:37 am  Comments (4)  

4 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Thanks Michelle, this is such a great tool!!

    I find my dietary needs for ulcers, ulcerative colitis, and gallbladder/bile issues, can be a real downer for eating in group settings. I often have to eat low/no fiber, low/no fat, and need to avoid raw foods, citrus, anything acidic (I’m feeling you on the tomato issue), spice, caffeine, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, nuts, garlic and onions. yay. And of course I make it worse by being a vegetarian!

    Even so there is always a common ground, shared favorite ingredients, (mmm baked pumpkin), and mix and match foods. (my favorite are tacos).

    Your site rocks!

    • Aw, thank you!

      Yeah, you’re battling some serious digestive issues! I hope that you’ll be able to find some recipes that still work with your diet on my blog. Seems like there are a lot of similarities in your diet and mine (minus the meat, though I do eat a lot of vegetarian foods just because I like them, though less so now that my vegetables are so restricted).

      If you have any favorite recipes that you can’t make anymore because of your food issues, let me know and I can see what I can do about making it you-friendly and me-friendly. It’s always nice building a community around a blog like this – kinda like one great big kitchen where everyone is hanging out.

      Thanks so much for your sweet comment. Seriously. It means a lot to me to know I’m headed in the right direction!

  2. Hi Michelle,
    Thanks for making me feel unalone in the world of low-amine dieters. I’m finding it really hard to eat adequetly since starting 3 weeks ago. Not being a meat eater just makes it really hard to eat enough protein and I find myself eating a lot of cottage cheese, eggs, and cashew spread. Yes, feeling rather depressed but reading your humerous dialogue has lightened me somewhat. Thankyou! : )

    • I’m so glad it helped you, even if just in feeling like you’re not the only one out there. If you have favorite recipes or ones on here that could possibly be done meat-free, I’m happy to make suggestions, too.

      I have some vegetarian and vegan stuff on here, though admittedly it needs work. Since losing most my veggies, I became a bit of a carnivore. Working now on heading back the other direction to see what can be done. Any favorite dishes you’re missing badly (mine is tomato soup… Still need to develop a low amine tomato soup substitute)?

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