Food Sensitivities

There are currently six main categories of food sensitivities—identified below. Some of these categories have sub‐categories. As the need for more symbols arises, additional sub‐categories will be created.

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Medical

This group includes those who have a food allergy or intolerance, or Celiac Disease. This system is designed to be flexible and can accommodate many additional sub‐categories as they are identified.

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Religious

People who abstain from eating certain foods for religious reasons.

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Vegetarian

Vegetarians and vegans are usually very serious about their food lifestyle and will avoid animal or animal by‐products in their diet. This is a choice, but usually a very conscious one.

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Vegan

Vegetarians and vegans are usually very serious about their food lifestyle and will avoid animal or animal by‐products in their diet. This is a choice, but usually a very conscious one.

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Mental Illness and Food Eccentricities

This group includes more extreme cases of bulimia and anorexia, but also includes the milder cases of food eccentricities in which a person cannot have foods touching each other on the plate.

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Seekers

Originally deemed as “tourists,” this group is interested in the latest health craze, less about weight‐loss. They are willing to try any new food item, or eliminate any food item strictly due to its health benefits, whether that is overall health, improved brainpower, or other specific health issue.

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Limiters

This group is called the limiters since that is in essence what they were doing—limiting their food intake. This group is interested in dieting for weight‐loss, sometimes following fad‐diets.

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