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Eating out, gluten-free – Part 2

As promised, here we continue from our last post….

  • Be sure of your diet: While restaurants might be serving gluten-free food, it is always advisable to be well aware of your dietary restrictions. It is important to be sure which grains or ingredients to avoid so that you can explain the same to the restaurant and make your own permutations and combinations in case there is no official menu designed for celiac patients.

celiac disease for many the reason to change to a gluten free diet.

  • Inform your server about your special diet: While too many restaurants might not serve gluten-free food, however, treating their guests well and catering them to the fullest is always the priority in the hospitality sector. So, do not feel shy and do tell the server about your preferences. Involve the server and ask for his suggestions on the dishes that can be eaten safely.
  • Request the restaurant to avoid cross-contamination: Cross contamination aggravates the risk for celiac patients and the restaurant must be requested to exercise caution against the same. It is always good to categorically ask the chef to ensure certain things such as using a clean grill surface that has not been previously shared with items containing gluten, using a clean bowl while mixing salads, using a separate strainer for pastas, using a sterilized vegetable chopping board and so on.
  • Substitute beer with wine or champagne: While placing an order for alcoholic drinks, switch your preference from beer (as it is made from barley) to champagne or wine, which are made of gluten-free ingredients.
  • Opt for a gluten-free dessert: Cakes and brownies are always the first things to cross someone’s mind while deciding over desserts. However, searching for gluten-free desserts gives you an opportunity to explore other delicious treats like fruit cream, poached pears, coconut rice custards or baked apples.

Even as, switching from your favorites to food devoid of gluten is surely a challenging task, it gives you an opportunity to get creative and break the convention for culinary preferences. So, just taking a few preventive measures can help you to gift your taste buds with something new while enjoy your dining experience in a healthier way.

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How to eat out if you are gluten-intolerant? – Part 1

Hi all! So we start with living gluten free. This post will be divided into two parts and I really hope you guys enjoy the posts.

While Lady Gaga’s announcement to go on a “gluten-free” diet few months back created quite a buzz, there are many others who are still struggling with the idea of ditching cakes, pastries, pizzas, breads and pastas for life. Particularly, when it comes to dining out, the very thought of limiting one’s options in the menu seems to weigh on everybody’s mind. Though apparently difficult, it is definitely not an impossible task to achieve, provided we do not forget that the responsibility of our health lies in our hands.

People diagnosed with celiac disease often shy away from accepting dining offers and avoid eating out. With very few restaurants officially serving “gluten-free” dishes, one does wonder what to eat at restaurants. However, a little research can surely go a long way in ensuring that you are not deprived of the pleasures of eating out and spending quality time with your loved ones over dinner or lunch.

So if you are still unsure about eating out after being diagnosed with celiac disease, here are a few tips to enjoy eating out while maintaining a gluten-free diet.

gluten free food is there a growing need for more gluten free friendly restaurants

  • Look for restaurants that serve gluten-free food: With internet searches opening the world at a click, it is good idea to research and look for restaurants having “gluten-free” food on their menu. Try to download the menu online to decide whether it is really safe. If possible, speak to the manager or Chef in-charge personally, while reserving your table, and let them know about your preferences well in advance.
  • Arrive at off-peak hours: Since you need to explain your special dietary restrictions to the restaurant, it is wise to arrive there during non-peak hours and avoid rush hours especially on weekends, so that they are able to attend to your preferences and requirements in a better way

Want to know more? Stay tuned!