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Greetings everyone. I'm meeting my friends for dinner at Chi Chi's Mexican Restuarant. I already called ahead and the manager is being so very nice and is meeting with me when I get there. However, I would like to make it as easy as possible for both him and myself. I have to admit, I've just been diagnosed day before yesterday, so I'm new and for my first time dinning out, I'm kinda embarrassed(meeting with a good size group of friends), so I want to make this as easy and comfortable as possible, yet I will do what I have to do for me and my health. Anyway, question is, has any one else ate there, and if so, do you have a suggestion for me, like a meal you have ordered? Thank you for your help.

Christine

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Christine,

I would have to know what your reaction level to gluten is before I would even say eat in a restaurant. I have such a high reaction level to gluten that eating out is not possible. It seems that an environment that has gluten in it will have gluten in everything, no matter how hard they try and keep it out. Gluten is ground so fine and sticks so well to everything, that you will be exposed to it in an environment that processes and cooks it. There is no way around it.

If you eat in a restaurant, know that you are eating gluten. It just is in very small amounts.

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Oh my, I'm sorry to hear about your low intollerance. I will definately take that into advisement because I want to feel good and my health is very important to me. I did go there and eat and I was o.k., but I really don't want to rely on that one experience because I'm new to all this and I still consider myself to be sick, so I wasn't feeling great, but I couldn't pin point what to attribute it to and I'm still learning what is o.k. and what is not, etc.. So I will definately be very aware. I think it is probably best for me not to eat out so much any way.

Thank you for your advice.

Have a great evening.

Christine

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Christine>

Glad to hear that all went well :). It definetly depends on your level of reaction. I have a very high tolerance, so I can eat out with few problems. I just have to talk to the waiters/-resses and tell them my needs. I've not had a single problem so far eating out at various places. It's sometimes, too, a matter of experimenting and having a few bad experiences, but don't give up :).

-Kel

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