This time Friday, I’ll be on a plane, heading to the US for a 4-day weekend trip. A friend invited me several months ago and I couldn’t think of a good reason not to go, so I agreed. Not my best life decision, I’ll admit. But as the departure date draws near, my anxiety is building. I keep telling myself that I should feel excited, but I don’t.
It sounds kind of silly but I’m afraid I won’t be able to eat much this trip. I’m currently following a strict low-FODMAP diet so I can figure out my food sensitivities. It’s under the supervision of a medical professional (not just something I wanted to do) and is very important to me. As a result, there are a lot of things I can’t eat right now. I can’t eat most restaurant food (some exceptions being steak and sushi) and we’ll likely be eating out more often than not. I’m bringing as much food as I can, but I can’t bring everything.
We currently have two big group meals planned at an Italian and an Indian restaurant, both of which don’t have a lot of options for me. I’ve messaged my friend asking for links to both places, so hopefully I can peruse the menu now, rather than day-of. I also let them know that there’s a chance I won’t be able to eat much there. I didn’t choose to have food sensitivities, and hate missing out on food, so I’m going to be a bit selfish and request we go to another restaurant if there’s nothing I can eat there.
My friend has also planned a lot of activities for the weekend. Despite the fact that they’re also introverted, they seem fixated on filling every available moment with social activity. They’ve messaged me a couple of times throughout the week, asking if I’d want to do ‘insert activity here’. I’ve told them I’d rather read or go for a walk. They then make up reasons we should do said activity. I’m already getting frustrated and I haven’t even gotten there yet.
Any suggestions on staying sane?