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Foodie Friday: "I don't count calories, just allergies"

Friday, May 5, 2017

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This week our interview series introduces us to Charlette, who is a 28 year old Remedial Pilates Teacher and Co-Founder of catchtheyogi.com. Charlotte lives in Bali but frequently travels back to the UK for special occasions and events. Charlette, like 48% of those with allergies, is affected by more that one food type, and with a 615% increase in the rate of hospital admissions for anaphylaxis in the UK in the last twenty years, keeping diners like Charlette safe is paramount.Charlette was kind enough to answer a few questions about her experience of living with this condition, and shared her own thoughts on what can be done to help people like her #eatoutwithconfidence.Over to Charlette...

How many times a week do you eat out and roughly how much do you spend?About 3/4 times a week and I would look to spend under £15 for a meal unless it was a special occasion

What foods can you not eat or wish to avoid?

I don't count calories so all of mine are allergies:Dairy, Gluten, Wheat, Nuts, Eggs, and AuberginesI avoid the 'raw' food craze because it's too much for my tummy to processHow do you decide where to eat?I will check for the menu on the internet or I just stick to the places I have already experienced and feel safe at.Typically if a place is gluten free, I have a good chance of finding something to eat.It is quite limiting because often only the main ingredients are listed and not the hidden or added extras such as eggs or nuts which aren't good for me. What would make eating out easier for you and allow you to #eatwithconfidence?If the website stated clearly the full ingredients list of each meal, that would be most helpful. Bearing in mind that menus often change regularly, if they just clearly stated that they cater for all food allergies and can make changes to meals then that would win me over!Tell us your favourite restaurant?My favourite restaurant at the moment is in Canggu in Bali, where I am living. It is called Avocado and caters for people with all food allergens. The owner is a nutritionist and her menus are thoughtfully and creatively healthy, with raw and non-raw options, meat and vegetarian, Paleo (the list goes on) and the staff have made an effort to know me and remember my food needs and they know how to change the menu for me when I order. It's like eating at a friends house, I feel safe. I don't have to worry about whether I will enjoy the food either, my experience of 'changing the menu' in a lot of other restaurants, all around the world, is that typically they just don't include the item(s) that you are allergic to in your meal and you end up with a smaller and less satiating meal, at Avocado they will happily swap items and make food swap suggestions that taste wonderful and I can leave feeling full!Could your restaurant cater for Charlette but you’re not letting her know?Kafoodle's software works to help people like Charlette #eatwithconfidence.Our cloud-based kitchen management system connects chefs to the customer and everyone else in between. We ensure that all parties can successfully and compliantly access the nutritional and allergen information of your menu.You can find out more about what Kafoodle can do for you here or by contacting us directly at: info@kafoodle.com or on 020 3371 0450We'd love to hear from you!

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