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Exit Strategy - Eating Out

Celiacs Need An Exit Strategy.

Eating is a very social activity. It plays an important role in cultures word wide. Did you know that Polynesians are more private about dining than about sex?

Last week I listened to one of those provocative obnoxious radio talk show hosts that demonized those who have special diet requirements. He said we should just eat what's being served or stay at home. I let the station manager know how I felt about that!
We will not allow our Celiac diagnosis to turn us into  anti-social stay-at-home solitary diners suffused with self-pity  The success of managing a diet effectively depends on resourceful strategies for eating out especially if your diet is like mine and demands fanatical adherence.

I find coping with eating out less complicated than studying  new dance steps or learning to skate backwards. Sure, it takes practice. Once you master the technique  you will be the one  giving the dinner orders giving meal orders that ensure you will dodge the bullet in the belly from "illegal" foods.

Catered events: I have always been able to phone ahead, explain my restriction
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requirements and get cooperation from the chef. Besides, everyone is on some kind of special diet these days. It's more fashionable than questionable.

Restaurants: Many have websites with menus enabling planning ahead, narrowing down to a few choices and phoning ahead to check ingredients and request adjustments

Invited to friends or family?  It's amazing that they can be less cooperative than the professionals. For all the friendly hosts there is always a sprinkling of saboteurs.

We have options:  Explain this is a health issue and if necessary you can bring some food of your own. I like to bring one large tasty dish  made for my diet to share with everyone. It's usually a big hit.

You can eat something at home before or after and just move the unsuitable food around on your plate

Try not to talk about your disease and diet. Others may seem fascinated, but you will eventually tire of this as a way of connecting or getting attention and start staying home with a boxed TV series on DVD. 

Whether it's a wedding, Christening, Bar Mitzvah, barbecue, shower, brunch or dinner with the Tasmanian Ambassador, learn the drill, take heart, get out--eat smart!


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I didn't read that far. Yikes... A hefty dose of perspective in that one. For anyone reading this is the post:

Hi! I'm new to the Celiac world. I have been gluten free for around seven months, but still seem to get glutened on a regular basis. I have been sick since January '16 and think that is when it triggered, but I didn't realize until October what it was. By that time I was pregnant with my little boy who is due in June. I also have an almost 4 year old daughter. I am really torn and wondering if I need to really be tested? I have very strong suspicions that I am a true celiac because my aunt has been diagnosed. Part of me says it doesn't matter, just live gluten free and assume you are, but the other part says I need to get tested so I know if my kids are at risk. So far my daughter is fine. She was grain free until after her first birthday, I plan on doing the same with my son. But I also don't want them to suffer the way I have. What would you do? The reason I don't want to get tested is I don't want to start eating it again and feel terrible while I have little kids, last year was so hard and I just want to get strong again. I also plan to bf for a few years and don't necessarily think it's a good idea to eat gluten while bf right? Thank you!

Welcome too! Sorry to hear you're suffering now. If you can nail the diet you should improve. You should also think about vitamin supplements. There's a good chance that you're suffering from one or more deficiencies as a result of the affects of celiac on your intestine's capacity to draw nutrients from your food. A good multi vitamin is a must, just make sure its gluten free and see if your doctor can refer you to a dietician as Lochella's has.

Oh I had heard his name and read some stuff about him but hadn't come across this video! Thanks!!