How to Prep for Those with Dietary Restrictions
by Daisy Luther, The Organic Prepper
Another important consideration when building your pantry is the restrictions of family members with food-related issues.
There are many people who must eliminate certain foods or suffer the consequence. Allergies and intolerances are a primary issue for the families of sufferers.
Prepping for a family member with food allergies can be as easy as stocking alternatives for the person, or as difficult as having to keep the offending ingredient out of the supply altogether.
In the event of a life-threatening allergy, you may want to completely banish the ingredient from your home. Anaphylactic shock requires quick medical intervention, which might not be available or accessible during a disaster. At the very least, be sure to have up-to-date epi-pens, cortisone, and antihistamines on hand.
Dairy intolerance (also known as lacto-intolerance) is rarely life-threatening but can make sufferers feel terrible. Many people purchase expensive, highly processed non-dairy milks from the store, but another option is to learn to make your own non-dairy milks from pantry ingredients. If this is your plan, be sure to stock up on supplies like rice or almonds.
Complete directions for making rice milk and almond milk can be found in Section VI
Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease
There is an almost epidemic hierarchy of wheat-related ailments in America today. At the pinnacle of this is Celiac disease. Sufferers are highly sensitive to gluten in any form.
The Celiac Disease Foundation explains:
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that can occur in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. It is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide. Two and one-half million Americans are undiagnosed and are at risk for long-term health complications.
When people with celiac disease eat gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye and barley), their body mounts an immune response that attacks the small intestine. These attacks lead to damage on the villi, small fingerlike projections that line the small intestine, that promote nutrient absorption. When the villi get damaged, nutrients cannot be absorbed properly into the body.
The disorder can cause serious long-term health effects and those with celiac disease should never consume gluten, even in moderation.
Not quite as severe, but still highly uncomfortable, is gluten intolerance. People with gluten intolerance can have anywhere from mild to severe reactions to the consumption of gluten. Issues can include digestive upset, bloating, aching joints, skin problems, and a host of other symptoms.