Restaurant Eating...is It A Possibility?
Posted 29 April 2004 - 11:55 AM
I am recently diagnosed with celiac through the blood tests...I have not been "scoped", or biopsied yet due to the fact that I have medicaid and it is very difficult to find a Dr. that will perform the procedure. I guess they don't pay enough.....Anyway...I am trying like heck to eat right, but I feel like such a downer on my family-we used to eat out all the time, not just junk food, but real food too, and now everything has changed....I am wondering first of all if there are any reccommendations anyone has to how you eat out or where to eat out and I am also wondering about putting the whole family (2- 10 year old sons and a wonderful dad ) on a gluten free diet. I am just concerned about their tastes---any suggestions there too??
I am starting to go into the depression I have heard goes along with such a drastic change in life, and really could use some support.
Thank you for listening........
Posted 30 April 2004 - 06:39 AM
Posted 30 April 2004 - 08:19 AM
Here on the board there is a section "gluten-free dining and eating out", there are a lot of posts about certain restaurants that serve gluten-free meals and also posts in certain States.....
Here are some websites where you can look at gluten-free menus
Also I have heard PH Changs has a gluten-free menu
Posted 30 April 2004 - 05:13 PM
Posted 03 May 2004 - 06:14 PM
Here's what I did when I was diagnosed. Maybe some of it will appeal to you.
1. Learn as much about the diet as you can and be able to explain it to someone who has no idea such a crazy disease ever existed. Be able to laugh about the disease - it puts the other people at ease.
2. Call you favorite restaurants between 2 and 4pm when they are slower and ask to speak with a manager. Ask if they have time now to talk to you about food allergies. Explain that you used to eat there regularly and your family really enjoys the food. You are trying to find one or two menu items that you can eat. Ask for plain non-marinaded meat with no seasonings, etc. Generally the managers have been extremely helpful to me. I have had managers pass me off to the regonal manager when they did not know the answers. And I have managers stand in the fridge and read lables.
3. Realize that eating out will be a bit boring compared to what you used to eat.
4. If in doubt of a restaurants ability to handle your diet (when you have no choice in where you are eating) bring a hot baked potato, cooked meat to add to a plain salad, and any dressing or condiments you might need. I stuff quite a bit in the diaper bag
Another concern is figuring out which family and friends want to learn how to cook something gluten-free and which ones just have no intention of dealing with it. To date, my friends are doing great cooking gluten-free and my family has no intention of dealing with it. So be it. I eat first or bring my own food to family events and make myself at home in their kitchen.
Best of luck!
Posted 19 July 2004 - 08:49 AM
Posted 19 July 2004 - 11:34 AM
My granddaugther just had a wonderful experience at the Jungle (like Chuckie Cheese). Her aunt called ahead and they said she could bring her own food. They brought a pizza with them on aluminum foil. The Jungle heated it up for her with a note that it was not to touch any other food in big letters!
It really can be a very healthy diet with the concentration more on fresh foods of all kinds, since you don't have to worry about hidden gluten.
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