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Restaurants Gluten Free?
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I was diagnosed with this disease about a year ago.....and I just felt so frustrated about what I could not eat...I never complied with the diet. :unsure: Now, since I have been scared by one of my physicians of being "non-compliant" with the diet..I have now decided to "Just Do It".

I am on the road a lot in sales, and want to know what I can eat "fast food" wise and what restaurants have gluten free menus?

I know PF Changs has a gluten free menu and I can eat the chilie at Wendy's....thats about it........ :blink:

Does any one have some suggestions?

Jenn

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"On the road" or "on travel"? I travel a lot for work, at the moment, but can be in the same place for three or four days, so I just book a room with a kitchenette, and do a bit of grocery shopping when I get there and cook some very simple meals.

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McDonald's Grilled Chicken Salads are OK, and they will also leave the bun off any sandwich (it's fun to see thier expression when you ask) :D

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First I will urge you to try packing your own food if possible. Every time I go on a trip I pack a cooler and have a bag of non-perishable food. This is to give yourself time to heal. I do eat out but every time you do so you take a large chance of cross contamination.

One of the good things about the fast food places these days is that if you go to their web site, most will have wither a list of their gluten-free items, or a list of all ingredients for each item, or a chart showing which foods have any of the top 8 allergens. This is true for McDonald's, Hardees, Burger King, Wendy's and others. So think of a place you might stop and then go to their web site and look. Some places you can forget about eating at include Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC.

Outback, Bonefish Grill, and Carraba's have gluten-free menus you get get online. Don Pablo's, Chilis, Bob Evans, Chipotle, and a whole slew of other restaurants have lists you an get by calling or e-mailing.

Finally, if you go to the site below, there's a large list of restaurants and what they can (or can't in some cases) offer. Can't say how up-to-date all of them are, but you can always contact certain restaurants for the most recent list.

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/SillyYaks/files/

richard

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Do you find that the restaurants that offer a gluten-free menu are really careful when preparing your food as to avoid cross-contamination? I would still be nervous that I would end up sick.

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I think I got glutened at Don Pablos a while back and I was very careful when ordering and asked a bunch of questions. There's always the possibility of contamination anytime you eat something you don't prepare yourself. If in doubt, don't!

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