So I just met with my school health services trying to get exempt from the school's meal plan. I explained that my Dr. has recommended I go on a grain, legume, dairy and vegetable oil free diet (the truth!) and that it is impossible to eat that way with the schools cafeteria options (truly terrible processed you guys.) Instead of being respectful or understanding the woman responds by asking if I have ever been diagnosed with an eating disorder and books me an appointment with the school shrink.
HOW DO YOU MAKE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND YOU ARE JUST TRYING TO BE HEALTHY?!
I'd start by canceling the appointment with counselor. If you haven't already asked for it, get your doctor's recommendation in writing. Ask what forms the school requires be completed and have them signed by your MD. I loathe schools that require meal plans when they serve highly processed foods, things that might pass for meat if you are desperate, and limp vegetables. Don't stop fighting for yourself and your health!!!
You used the word 'paleo' in your discussion, didn't you? I wager if you simply said you were under doctor's recommendation to eliminate those foods, she wouldn't have brought up eating disorders. There are quite a few folks who are paleo that do have eating disorders though.
PLease do not say you are allergic to it. It really takes away from people with life threatening anaphylactic immune response when ingesting/touching/inhaling offending substances.
It makes it less likely for allergy restrictions to be adhered to.
this has happened to me, too. my GI doctor knew that i was a vegan for a long time and told me i needed to see his shrink and dietician for my eating disorder. i told him i was already seeing a therapist and he said it obviously wasn't helping. people are just ignorant jerks and don't know anything about nutrition. if you aren't eating SAD, then there has to be something wrong with you.
I'm wondering perhaps this lady can't comprehend that there is anything left to eat once you've cut all the things he sees as 'staple foods' - she maybe genuinely thinks that you're trying to use paleo as an excuse to just not eat.
If you could somehow show her that there are plenty of filling foods that are paleo then maybe she'd get off the 'eating disorder' trip?
I am sure she was well-meaning/ignorant but mostly avoiding liability that could fall on the school. That being said...it is a total load of crap. It makes me afraid for my girls as they get older and what they'll encounter. No wonder all the kids are fat.