Simplfying the Gluten Free Lifestyle

Tips for an Easy Dining Process

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  • Author: Shannon Wilson
  • Publication Date: January 16th, 2009
  • Topic: Celiac Specific
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You Donít Have to Avoid Eating in Restaurants

Only about one percent of the U.S. population has a gluten sensitivity disorder. This may donate to the fact that so many restaurants do not cater to those with such a condition. Eating right becomes a daily struggle for those with celiac disease, as any food containing gliadin could cause an adverse immune response that can be extremely painful. Many with this condition avoid dining out altogether, as to avoid any difficulties with such an experience.

It doesn’t help, either, that many waiters and waitresses are not trained to understand gluten intolerance. They do not realize that some of the food they carry can be quite dangerous to their customers. Food preparation, ingredients, and even cross-contamination are all things to consider when eating in restaurants.

When ordering, it is important to be clear about your sensitivity. Waiters and waitresses may disregard your inability to eat certain foods as a preference, and that is when mistakes are made. Don’t forget that these waiters and waitresses are busy-minded, working as quickly as possible to serve their tables. They do not always do their jobs perfectly, which makes it all the more important to emphasize that certain foods will make you physically sick. The more your waiter understands your condition, the less likely he is to make a mistake.

Make sure you ask questions about the menu. Even if certain menu items look safe, they may not be. Chefs may have created some sort of seasoning or secret ingredient to make their dishes unique. And, such ingredients could include gluten. It may be beneficial to bring your own gluten-free ingredients for certain dishes if the chef will prepare them for you. And, if the restaurant is lacking in gluten-free foods, don’t hesitate to ask if they would mind making something special for you; they most certainly will not.

One tip that has helped many a gluten intolerant is to avoid going to restaurants when you are really hungry. You are more likely to slip up when you need to get food in your stomach. For someone new to celiac disease, it is hard to familiarize yourself with the gluten-free diet. Especially if you are accustomed to eating in restaurants regularly, cooking at home can become a big adjustment. As long as you take your time and have an internal conversation with yourself about the foods you want to fuel your body, you will maintain a happy and healthy lifestyle.



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