My food issues began several years ago. I am a self-diagnosed celiac. I have been tested for allergies and have none. I first discovered gluten was a problem a few years ago then discovered soy, casien, corn, chicken, coffee and even peanuts made me sick as well. The best part is that I feel the best I've ever felt. I know I am finding my health again and I feel normal most of the time. I've learned how to find/cook really well and am happy most of the time.
Here is where I need some help: I really miss eating in restaurants but I am terrified of doing so. Corn is in EVERYTHING. I can tolerate very small amounts (talking vitamins) but I have trouble with things like iodized salt. I am very scared to eat out but I really miss it. I am 28 and live in Chicago. Best city for food ever! I am very happy but it feels fairly isolating not to be able to go out.
How do those of you with similar intolerances do it? Do I just need to wait a couple years for my gut to heal? Do you bring your own food?
I'm feeling hopeful enough to try new things. Help me figure it out?