Get email alerts Get Celiac.com E-mail Alerts  




Celiac.com Sponsor:
Celiac.com Sponsor:




Ads by Google:






   Get email alerts  Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts

Eating Out
0

7 posts in this topic

I am new here, and have only recently decided to try being gluten free (after 6 years of tests and no diagnosis aside from IBS and basically being told I am constipated and to take laxatives, i decided to look at my options diet wise because i have almost every symptom of gluten intolerance...now 2 weeks gluten free and although I don't feel 100% better yet, the debilitating stomach pains are minimal and I have WAY more energy, significatn decrease in gas, and don't have the urge to eat 24/7 to try and mask the stomach pains).

Anyways, I have been doing pretty well and am finding alternatives to most of my favourite foods. My biggest issue is finding something I can eat at a fast food restaurant. I actually very rarely eat at fast food places (aside from Subway or Pita Pit which obviously I will only be able to order salads there now and hope there is no CC) but sometimes I have no choice. For example, last night I left work and had to catch the train to go to a concert in Toronto....well I clearly wasn't planning ahead as I didn't bring dinner to eat at work before I left so i had to find something to eat. I ended up ordering the only salad McDonalds had and luckily it was just greens, chicken, cranberries and Renees dressing (which i checked they are all gluten free). I was nervous because the chicken did have seasoning on it. I think I actually psyched myself out and gave myself a stomach ache after eating it. I was still hungry so i ate a bag of plain potatoe chips. By the time the concert was over i was so hungry my stomach was grumbling and I felt sick.

So I guess my question is how do you deal with those times where you have no choice but to eat out. I am not good with just snacks as a meal replacement so even if i bring gluten free snacks I will still be hungry. It has been easy so far until last night! GAH I am sure there is no easy answer (would be nice though!) but maybe some tips would be greatly appreciated

Thanks

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Ads by Google:

hmmmm. I never eat at fast food places. If I'm stuck without food I'll go to a grocery or convenience store and buy some deli meat and cheese. gluten-free crackers if they have them.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have never eaten out at a fast food restaurant while gluten-free. Actually, I rarely have anyway because we do not have any in this area that have anything truly good and flavourful. I just would not chance it. We have literally NO restaurants in town I can safely eat at so we must drive to the city three hours away to eat out. Like Jestgar, I pack snacks instead including fruit cups, pepperoni sticks, fruit, veg, lactose-free yogurt, homemade muffins or cupcakes or cookies, etc.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So I guess my question is how do you deal with those times where you have no choice but to eat out.

I do my absolute best to NEVER put myself in that situation. Make sure you always have a choice. I keep 2-3 Lara bars in my purse plus a few Sesame snaps and usually and Enjoy Life bar or two as well. In my car I have a survival kit with enough food to feed myself for a day or two. It's nothing fancy and it's certainly not as satisfying as a proper meal but it's better than risking 2 weeks of my life being sick.

Alternately you need to do some research. Keep a list in your purse of exactly what you can eat at various restaurants. If I go to the mall here I know I can have New York Fries, a Booster Juice (I skip the boosters because some of them have wheat and I'm not sure they are kept separate enough to avoid cc) or an Orange Julius. That's it. I don't trust Subway to make a salad and not cc me. There is just so much bread all around and hands in and out of vegetable containers.

In a pinch I'll go to a grocery store and get some fruit, rice crackers and cheese or some sushi and no soy sauce.

If I'm going out for the day I plan on where I am going to eat but I also pack everything I need to eat in case the food I planned on is unavailable.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I agree that eating out is the biggest challenge for dealing with a gluten-free diet. I am a single man who up until less than a month ago ate out most of my meals. While I always had an eat to live mentality I ate out with friends or dates as a social thing. I think there is a difference for those who have a family life in the home and either they or a family member prepares and cooks their own meals and someone like me and maybe you.

I suggest that when eating out that you change the type of places you eat at. Firstly, stay away from fast food places that serve highly processed food and eat at places like Chipolte or similar where they use more whole-type foods. Secondly, when eating at a non-fast food restaurant learn the difference between highly processed bar type food and stick with a place that serves healthier choices that are again whole-type foods. You will always have the chance of CC no matter what but always attack your food choices with the most obvious (whole-foods) first then fine tune your choices to mitigate CC.

Lastly, educate your friends and if they don't work with you when deciding where to eat then get new friends. Surround yourself with a**holes and they will always let you down. A good person/friend will respect your needs.

Wish you luck!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites




Welcome to the board! Big chains I know of are Wendy's and Burger King. Wendy's is celiac heaven because the chili is gluten-free so you can get a filling meal of chili and a baked potato. I'm not crazy about BK, but you can get the chicken salad and usually the french fries are in a dedicated fryer. Boston Market is another chain where we can eat a lot of the food. I also go to Chipotle and In-N-out but I think those are local chains.

Do check those McDonald's salads carefully. It looks like they are in the middle of changing from a gluten-containing to a gluten-free chicken breast recipe.

http://nutrition.mcdonalds.com/nutritionexchange/ingredientslist.pdf I recently was at a McDonalds that had berry smoothies. I imagine they have a gazillion calories but it was a nice treat to find on the road.

I eat McDonald's fries without problems, though I know some celiacs are scared of them. They have a flavoring with a tiny bit of wheat in the oil early in the processing. Independent testing to shows the gluten doesn't make it through to the finished product. Some people steer clear anyway.

After getting a salad with visible crumbs in it, I do NOT eat at Subway.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks everyone!

I am still figuring out how sensitive I am so I guess I will see once I have been gluten-free for a few months!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
0

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      104,657
    • Total Posts
      921,628
  • Topics

  • Posts

    • Hi, you can try reporting your own post.  That should alert the site admin of your request.  I don't think they can delete your posts, but changing your user name may be possible.
    • Hi Pablito, Welcome to the forum! You are right, you should keep eating gluten  until the tests are all done.  The skin problems you describe ma be a condition only celiacs get.  The condition is called dermatitis herpetiformis (DH for short),  DH causes an itchy rash that is usually symetrical on the body.  You get the rash on both arms or legs etc.  It makes little blisters on the skin.  They are caused by IgA antibodies in the skin.  There i a test for DH where they take a small skin sample (biopsy) from the skin next to a blister and check it for IgA antibodies.   If they find DH, then you have celiac disease.  The 2 conditions are never separate.  there is a section of this forum dedicated to dermatitis herpetiformis with lots more information. The usual diagnostic process is to do a celiac antibodies blood test first, and then an endoscopy to test for damage to the gut lining.  But with DH, it is better to get the skin biopsy done instead of the endoscopy. Celiac disease is passed on in genes, so your children should be tested also if you are diagnosed.
    • Research Celiac Ataxia for potential diagnosis. Look at Milk and dairy for potential head and sinus related issues.  I stopped dairy and I can breathe now! Saturated fat may also be a problem, but it's mostly dairy!
    • It is best not to try and do this on your own. Talk to your allergist. Not all will deal with food intolerances but if yours doesn't find one who will.  Mine had me fill out a very detailed diet questionaire and tested for true allergies before he gave me my starting point. I will admit I wasn't real happy with my starting point since none of my usual foods were on it. He said that I was most likely to react to foods I ate the most so most of the 5 I either rarely ate or didn't really like. The prescribed starting point he formulated was designed to make sure I had adaquate nutrition and enough calories.   It took about 2 weeks before a lot of my tummy issues resolved and I was then able to start adding foods in one at a time for a week before moving on to the next.  He said food intolerance reactions can take up to a week to show up so I had to be sure it was a full week between food additions. I did have to call three offices before I found a doctor who could do the formulation of the diet but this guy truely saved my life. Out of all the doctors I had seen, including specialists in big hospitals, he was the one responsible for finally realizing I was celiac. He of course referred me back to my clueless GI doctor who confirmed the diagnosis by almost killing me with a gluten challenge. I should note that some of my intolerance (not gluten of course) did resolve after I had healed. Even dairy which I hadn't been able to have for years! I hope you can get some answers and are able to heal soon.
    • I'm 43 years old. I'm married and have two teen daughters. After all these years it was one of my daughters who tonight said to me: "you probably have Celiac disease" after hearing my wife and I talking about all the pimples I always get on my arms. I never heard of the disease but I have heard about a lot of people having gluten allergies and didn't know they were the same thing. So I started looking it up on the internet. Turns out I have had all the symptoms all my life and no one has ever said anything about it possibly being Celiac disease. When I was a kid my doctor gave me prescriptions to antibacterial soaps to use for the arm pimples. Hibitane I think was one of them. And I've always had swollen looking ankles as long as I can remember. All my life people have noticed it. As a kid and teen I played lot's of sports and have broken my ankles and sprained them so my mom and I brushed it off at that and so did my family doctor when I was young.  But I always thought it was weird that the swelling continued all these years.  I have had a bloated feeling stomach all my life too and chronic diarrhea. My stomach is always hard and swollen feeling. Not ever knowing what that stuff was related too so I have never mentioned the bloat or diarrhea to a doctor. Just kind of embarrassing I guess. As my wife and I were reading about Celiac Disease on the internet together tonight she pointed out to me that that's probably why these symptoms almost all went away when I did a very low carb diet for about a year straight to lose weight a couple years ago. I had solid bowel movements, no bloat, ankle swelling went down but I thought the improvements were from weight loss and just eating healthier . But perhaps in reality it probably had a lot more to do with not eating all the wheat products/gluten products. So tomorrow I will be seeing my doctor to talk to him about it and to ask for the blood tests. I have read that I should continue eating gluten though until my testing is done. So that is crappy but I guess it's better to know for sure. Something else I think I should point out too is that I get headaches quite a bit after having big meals. Now I am thinking that may have something to do with the gluten too. I have read that some people with Celiac also get headaches with the other symptoms. It's great to see there is a forum like this to help people out with these issues. If I test positive for Celiac I will for sure be following this forum closely for advice and diet/nutrition help.
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Entries

  • Recent Status Updates

  • Who's Online (See full list)

  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      61,657
    • Most Online
      3,093

    Newest Member
    pablito
    Joined