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Tick Talk: Bite-Sized Conversations for Alpha Gals

Welcome to Tick Talk, a special corner in the alpha-gal syndrome community. Each week, I’ll present a new poll question to ignite engaging, bite-sized conversations among those of us living with this unique food allergy. By sharing your response, you’re doing more than just contributing to a fellow alpha-gal’s journey you’re helping us all learn and grow together as we navigate this often misdiagnosed and misunderstood condition.

This Week's Poll

How has an alpha-gal diagnosis changed your family's eating habits at home?

Whether you’ve turned your kitchen into an alpha-gal friendly zone or are navigating this new dietary journey solo, I’m curious to learn more about your family’s eating habits.

Share your thoughts by answering the question below!

Heads Up: These polls are designed to gather thoughts, not email addresses. If you are a Gmail user logged into your account, Google may display your email address on your screen. However, you can confirm that your email address is not shared by the graphic immediately below it. 

The people living with the condition are the experts quote by Michael J Fox

Past Polls: See What Your Fellow Alpha Gals are Saying

Curious about what other alpha gals are thinking and experiencing? Browse the past polls below for a glimpse into their perspectives, challenges, and triumphs.

Table of Contents

Living with Alpha-Gal Syndrome

How long have you been living with alpha-gal syndrome?

A diagram of a pie chart showing how long respondents have been living with alpha-gal.

Foods I Crave (but Can No Longer Eat)

Being diagnosed with alpha-gal syndrome means saying goodbye to red meat and a whole lot more. Reflecting on the foods you once enjoyed, what do you find yourself missing the most? Is it a juicy steak, a hot dog at the ballpark, real bacon, or perhaps something else?

What food do you miss THE MOST since your alpha-gal diagnosis?

A graphic showing that people diagnosed with alpha-gal miss real cheese, bacon, and pork products the most.

Alpha-gal Syndrome Care Providers

What type of healthcare provider plays the biggest role in managing your alpha-gal syndrome?

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What type of healthcare provider plays the biggest role in managing your alpha-gal syndrome?

Overseeing the alpha-gal syndrome community and its tick talk discussions, involving the management of alpha gel.

Community Awareness

Do you find yourself often explaining alpha-gal to others in your community, or are you in an area where it’s already well-known?

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Do many people in your area know about alpha-gal syndrome?

A diagram of the alpha-gal community map.

Dining Out with Alpha Gal

You may experience many or all of these, but which is the most challenging?

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What's the most challenging aspect of dining out with alpha-gal syndrome?

A pie chart representing the dining out habits within the alpha-gal community.

How Does Alpha-Gal Make You Feel?

An alpha-gal diagnosis is more than never eating a cheeseburger again. It’s life-changing, with implications that extend beyond a backyard barbeque. Like any of life’s big blows, it’s not uncommon to feel denial, anger, depression, or other emotions as your move toward accepting your new normal.

When you think about where you’re at in your alpha-gal journey, what ONE WORD best describes how you feel?

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What ONE WORD describes how alpha-gal make you feel right now?

My experience with alpha gal syndrome within the alpha-gal community.

Preferred Cooking Method

If you’re like me, you regularly use several cooking methods to make alpha-gal friendly meals. But which option is your MOST favorite?

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Which cooking method do you prefer MOST for your alpha-gal friendly meals?

A pie chart that shows that the Air Fryer is the preferred cooking method for the alpha-gal community.

Support from Family and Friends

Having the support of your family, friends, and co-workers can make all of the difference when it comes to living with alpha-gal syndrome. How well do your loved ones support you?

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Do your family and friends support your dietary needs?

A diagram illustrating how well Sage Alpha Gal readers feel about the support they receive from family and friends.

Alpha-Gal Friendly Protein

recent study proved a link between eating protein and slowing down the aging process. But when you’re living with alpha-gal syndrome, getting enough protein can be difficult.

Share your thoughts by clicking the button below to answer the poll!

What's Your Favorite AGS-Friendly Protein Source?

A graphic showing that alpha-gals prefer poultry and eggs as their favorite alpha-gal friendly protein.

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