Be Suspicious of Everything
If you have a food allergy, then it may be easier to be less suspicious. If you must eat it to get sick, then you’re doing ok as far as I can tell. However, if it can get to you via touch or smell, then Houston, we have a problem. I’ve had to go through this problem, and I’ve had to learn the hard way to be suspicious. For example, I was told by the grocer that pineapples were not gassed, and were grown naturally. When I called headquarters, I was told the opposite.
For the sake of our health, we can’t take everything at face value. It would be nice if we could however.
Here’s the kicker… Depending on the severity of your allergy, you have to be suspicious of your loved ones too. Unless you trust them with your life (or personally provided them with ingredients) you should decline to eat food. Personally, I have to decline water as well.
I’m not saying you have to be a hobbit, I mean, a hermit. Rather, find safe ways to be around those you want to spend time with. That way, you can leave the suspicion at home. Or just invite them over to your house, then they can meet your good friend, suspicion that is.
In all honesty, I wish someone would have told me this a year ago. It would have saved me from a lot of physical pain. I also learned this lesson the hard way when I watched someone (allergic to beef) break out in hives after cooking their “safe” food on a grill. The previous user hadn’t cleaned the grill after using it, and none of us thought to be suspicious.