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#1 gf4life

 
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Posted 19 January 2004 - 10:44 AM

My husband is a bit upset by the fact that we will not be able to eat out as often, or at a wide variety of places. The one consolation is that he loves El Pollo Loco and their whole chicken pieces are gluten-free. So he can still get that and have the whole family eat it! I was just wondering how often you guys eat out. We used to go out at least once a week, and always when we go out shopping, since we travel more than an hour to get to the stores. Now it seems I will be packing more meals and we will have to start having more picnics... B)

I'm not as upset by this aspect as my husband is, but I know the kids will be disappointed to not eat out, since they love it. This will be even harder when we get their test results back and any of them are also celiacs. How do other parents handle eating out with small children who have celiac disease, and their food chices being limited??

Any replies would be very appreciated.

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Posted 19 January 2004 - 10:56 AM

Hi Mariann:

We usually eat out about every other week. When my daughter was first diagnosed she had a hard time, she always wanted chicken nuggets. Now she is ok with a burger with no bun and french fries from Wendy's. For now that is the only place she will eat :( , but she doesn't seem to mind and hey at least I don't have to cook!!! :D
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Posted 19 January 2004 - 12:13 PM

Mariann,

Wow, your situation sounds almost exactly like mine, except that there is no El Pollo Loco around here that I am aware of! We don't have to travel so far to reach our grocery stores, but we have been needing to do ALL of the shopping on Saturdays and it often takes five hours! I try to take snacks along to keep myself and the kids happy, and I make a quick dinner after we get home. Even so, we often don't eat until 9:00 or 10:00 at night on Saturdays!

We used to eat out two or three times a week, at least. I'm actually surprised that I'm not particularly upset about having to cook at home all the time now. Traveling is tough, though--I ended up having a whole series of accidents when I visited my family just after Christmas. Right now, I don't trust restaurants at all! I've been doing the burger without a bun thing for the kids, but I'm not really happy with that, and I think they've had at least one accident anyway. If we could find a local Chinese restaurant that could prepare gluten-free food for us, I would be thrilled--but the language barrier is a huge problem! My older boy still asks for chicken nuggets or macaroni and cheese, but I explain that those foods contain gluten, which will make him sick. He accepts this, but I'm sure that will change as he gets older!

This probably isn't particularly helpful, but I just thought I'd let you know that I can relate!
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Posted 23 January 2004 - 08:17 AM

Hi Mariann,

I'm the Celiac in our family and we still eat out regularly (once or twice a week). Eating out is a social outlet that I am not about to give up. At first my husband was always asking do you mind if I order pizza or what ever non-gluten-free food he was getting. My theory is I feel much better on this diet so I do what it takes for me to be well fed on gluten-free foods. I don't mind what anyone else eats. When I was first diagnosed,I talked to most of the local restaurants to figure out which ones would be easy for me to eat at, which ones were hard, and then the impossible ones. We no longer go to the pizza place or Chinese - too hard to eat at those. Otherwise we eat everything. I bring hot Baked Potatoes, chips, condiments, etc. based on what that restaurant can do for gluten-free food. I also have a stash of Mommy snacks in the car just in case I get stuck with out a great option at a new restaurant.

The only real problems I have anymore come from my toddler trying to force feed me her food. Gotta love when they learn to share! Plus my hands react when I touch her non-gluten-free food. Between that and the fact that I am a taste test cook I think it might be safer for me to eat out- just kidding. I take a taste of whatever I am making to see if it is alright, and just last night I ate a really yummy non-gluten-free pasta noodle because I wasn't paying attention.

As for shopping, the local store carries some gluten-free products, but the specialisty store is 1 1/2 hrs away and tehy carry everything. I try to go to the speciality store once a month. I'm learning to ration my goodies to make them last all month.

I'm about to start on-line food ordering. Has anyone had much luck ordering the gluten-free foods on-line? It sounds easier than the long drive.
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Posted 23 January 2004 - 09:09 AM

Thanks for your responses guys, I really appreciate it.

I am going to be eating out on Wednesday of next week. My daughter was invited to her friends 5th birthday party at our local Perko's. They don't have very many gluten-free foods and they serve bread with everything. I've tried asking them not to put the bread on the plate, but it has never worked before, so I don't hold out much hope. Except for one thing that is new, they are under new ownership, and the new owner is very eager to please. I am hoping I can work things out. I plan to go in a head of time and speak to them about my situation. I can deal with it, but I expect it will be harder to eat out if any of my kids also need gluten-free. They live on chicken nuggets and french fries!

As for shopping online, I only get the foods I can't find at any of the stores within driving distance. I do not drive to the out of town stores just to shop, we fit the shopping trips in when we have to travel there for other appointments (usually doctor appts.). This saves on travel expenses. I don't like having to pay for shipping unless I have to. I have not noticed much of a price difference online, versus the store, but the shipping is always extra, so...

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Posted 24 January 2004 - 10:14 AM

Sarah,

You mentioned that your son missed having macaroni and cheese. I've tried a box mix called "Mac & Chreese" which is gluten free. It's made with brown rice pasta. I've used the alfredo style one with organic garlic, basil and oregano which I don't know that he would care for. Their web site is www.chreese.com. I purchased this at a local health food store in Oklahoma City. I don't know where you live but I assume it somewhere in the east after reading some of your comments. This is manufactured in Vermont so maybe it might be available to you. My children are grown but I too miss the simple little things that I ate growing up. I have found when we eat out we eat out we tend to eat more mexican food because so much of it is corn based.

I enjoy your comments on the forum. You really seem to have read extensively about celiac. I was diagnosed three years ago but have not done my homework as well as I should have.

I'm still looking for a decent bread for sandwiches. Any suggestions?
Thanks.........................Judy
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Posted 26 January 2004 - 06:54 PM

Judy, thank you so much for the tip! I just checked out the website for "Mac & Chreese," and it looks like something I will definitely want to try for my kids! I live near Philadelphia, so I expect I should be able to find it somewhere around here. Thank you for the compliment as well--like Mariann just posted in another thread, I absorb medical knowledge like a sponge when the subject interests me. I'm sorry that I don't have any great recommendations in the bread department; I eat very little bread now. I have never been much of a sandwich person (except for peanut butter!), so now I just slather peanut butter on a Lundberg brand rice cake. It's really good--and it sort of reminds me of the flavor of peanut butter on saltines, which was a childhood favorite of mine. I hope you are doing well!
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Posted 26 January 2004 - 07:17 PM

I just wanted to share with you guys that I had a very nice lunch today at Mimi's Cafe restaraunt. I had a tuna and avocado sandwich and had them substitute a bed of lettuce for the bread. I explained that I am gluten intolerant and can't eat any bread at all. They brought it to me and verified that there was absolutely no bread anywhere on my plate. Not even any crumbs! :D It came with a choice of fries, baked potato, mashed potatoes, fresh fruit or muffin. So I had some nice fresh watermelon, cantalope, honeydew and orange slices. It was very nice, and I really enjoyed it. I was a little nervous about going there, since they serve to every table a wonderful bowl of carrot cake slices and french rolls. I was not happy with the thought watching my family eat them, but I wanted a meal that I knew would be gluten-free. When the bread bowl came I sent it to the other end of the table and once my food got there I never thought about it at all. I can only hope my experience on Wednesday is an agreeable one. We have to go out of town almost everyday this week and that means a lot of eating out! But thursday it will be in the evening when we finish the doctors appointment so I can get Outback Steakhouse!

Thanks everyone for their responses.
God bless,
Mariann

Oh and if you think about it tomorrow please keep my son in prayer. He will be having his left sinus operated on around 11am. I know he will be fine, but it is always a good idea to pray! I wonder if the sinus problem is caused by the celiac? Still waiting for the kids test results...
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Posted 27 January 2004 - 04:42 AM

Mariann, your son will be in my prayers :)

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Posted 27 January 2004 - 06:20 AM

Hi everyone,

I eat out everyday for lunch and then Friday and Saturday night for dinner. At P.F. Chang's, you can request a gluten-free menu. Therefore, I am able to enjoy Chinese food once again. With all the new emphasis on Atkins and carbs, you can get hamburgers at Hardees and McDonald's without the bun. The chili at Wendy's is gluten-free. Then, there is always the salad anywhere (carry my own dressing or squueze lemon juice on my salad in a pinch). At Heavenly Ham or Honey-baked Ham, the glaze on the ham has wheat starch on it. However, you can request in advance that they cut you some ham prior to the glazing process. I do this and then ask that they make me a salad from my ham.

Eating out is a social time that I refuse to give up. I enjoy my friends and their company. I am very fortunate to have so many restuarants that are willing to cater to my needs. I am very sensitive to gluten. I was hospitalized for 11 days prior to my diagnosis because I was so sick. My antibody levels were over 200 and now they aer in the normal range (less than 30). This is proof enough for me that I do not have to give up eating out as long as I am careful about my selections. Tip: Be very cautious about steaks. For instance, at Ruby Tuesday's the steaks are received by the restuarant pre-marinated and the marinade includes wheat starch.
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Posted 06 February 2004 - 09:24 AM

I haven't been around much the past few weeks, for a few reasons. I mentioned above that my son was having surgery. His surgery went great, but we have been having to go out of town practically every other day for doctors appointments and have had to eat out a lot. It seems like I get contaminated everytime (except the one time at Mimi's Cafe). I have not got to start feeling better yet, and I just really want to feel good.

I had a bad experience at Outback Steakhouse. I explained to the waiter that I an gluten intolerant and can not have any bread product near my plate! I ordered a steak and a baked potato, and a salad (with no croutons) and they put croutons on my salad. I sent the salad back, but I have a feeling they just picked them off the salad and gave it back, since I did have a reaction. I couldn't really tell, since the restaraunt was so dark I could see my food very well. Then when my steak came (I ordered it cooked medium) it was completely raw inside. I had to send it back. I'm worried about the grill. Maybe the steak was contaminated from the grill?

So the last two times I have packed food for myself. It was a little odd sitting in McDonald's eating homemade veggie beef stew! :rolleyes: But at least I felt like I wasn't getting any gluten. I didn't even touch my kids nuggets.

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Posted 11 February 2004 - 04:42 PM

HI

I've been gluten-free for about 4 years now and no longer eat out. I still enjoy going out to restaurants with friends but eat at home first. I know there are gluten-free restaurants springing up (THANK GOD) on the east coast but are none where I live. I happen to be a restaurant inspector and take advantage of this and read labels, question cooks and waitstaff... please everyone remember to remind the kitchen staff to change their gloves when preparing your food (salads, etc) and make sure they are not frying burgers, steaks and chicken on the same grill as the one they use to toast the buns and cook the items with marinades. I've had some bad experiences with staff that think they are being helpful but just do not understand the extent of the care they must have. I envy those of you that are in areas where they actually HAVE a gluten-free menu or even understand what that means! Someday gluten-free restaurants will be as common as Burger King as more and more people are being diagnosed with CS. I can't wait!
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Posted 12 February 2004 - 06:05 AM

I was just recently diagnosed and went out to eat last night for the second time since I found out. I called beforehand, and spoke to the chef, who informed me that my only option would be to get the baked chicken. So, I went, ordered it and when it came out an onion ring from another person's meal was on the chicken. I panicked, but felt I couldn't send the whole meal back (I was out to dinner with my boyfriend's parents) so I just ate it. Can that onion ring do a lot of harm? What would anyone else do in that sort of situation? This kind of thing makes me think that I can't really enjoy going out to eat anymore, which was one of my favorite things to do. :(
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Posted 13 February 2004 - 12:26 PM

Hi Judy -

I just registered for the forum today and noticed you are looking for a good sandwich bread...the best I have found is a bread mix by "The Gluten Free Pantry," called "Favorite Sandwich Bread." You have to make it yourself but it's the closest thing that I have found to real bread and is really pretty good! :D
I know you posted awhile ago, so I hope it helps!

I'm not sure where you live, but I am able to purchase it at Whole Foods Grocery Store, and I believe they have a website.

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Posted 22 February 2004 - 08:37 AM

Mariann,
Have you received the tests results on your children yet?

Your question about eating out was interesting for me to reflect on. About 6 months after my diagnosis (3 years ago), I completely stopped eating out. I bet I went a year without eating out more than 2 times. Frankly, I was terrified - and was sensitive to so many foods that eating out was simply not pleasurable. I am, however, a very social person. So I started inviting friends over to my house on Friday nights. We had guests every other Friday night for months - and even though I'm a working mom (with a hardly-ever-home spouse), I just made it work.

I look back on those days with fondness. I'm busier and healthier now, and I eat out a couple times a month - always at the same restaurants. My daughter, age 7, almost never eats out, and that's fine with her. We have her friends over here 6 days a week - or we ship her out to their house (w/ a food bag!).

I have a business trip next week to rural, eastern Washington - and it's remarkable to me now how easily I just pack my own food for a 24 hour absence from home (as compared to the panic & stress I would go through a couple years ago). Laurie
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