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.

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  • 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!

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