Hi everyone! I hope everyone is having a great summer! Today i wanted to talk to people who’s loved one struggles with arfid to give you some advice on how to make a restaurant meal easier for someone you know who has arfid.
For people with arfid, restaurants can be very scary and stressful places to go to. However, there are some ways to make the dining experience easier. One thing is to go to a restaurant that is familiar and close to where you live. This allows us (people with arfid) to feel more relaxed for some reason, because it feels safer and more comfortable. However, it’s reasonable to not want to always dine out close to home. If that’s the case, there are a few ways to ease anxiety. One way is to allow for your loved one to step away from the table and maybe sit outside for a few minutes. This can help create some space and allow time for your loved one to relax. The final tip I have is to ask for ingredients on the side. Your loved one will feel more comfortable choosing how much or how little toppings/sauce they want to add to their meal, which gives them some control.
I hope this helps you the next time you dine out! Have a great day!