If you have a choice, look for restaurants with gluten free items on the menu. As more people realize the benefits of a gluten free lifestyle, restaurants are responding and offering menu items that fit your needs. If you’re unsure, give the restaurant a call beforehand. Ask if they have gluten free menu items or items that can be made gluten free.
It’s important to know where there may be hidden sources of gluten. For example, salad dressings and sauces often contain gluten. Many foods are dusted with flour before they’re sautéed or fried. In fact, baked potatoes are often coated with flour to make the skins crispier. Ask questions and be prepared to eat the simplest dish on the menu.
Eating Gluten Free at Someone’s Home
When eating at someone’s home, you’re their guest. You can let them know that you are gluten free but don’t expect them to create a menu just for you. Consider making sure you don’t arrive hungry and come prepared. Bring a dish or two that you are sure you can eat. If you aren’t sure if there will be something you can drink, bring that too. It’s also okay to ask the host or hostess a few questions about what’s in the food. If they’ve had it catered, they may not know. Again, the simplest dish is often the safest.
Once you’re comfortable with your new wheat free lifestyle you’ll be more relaxed when you’re eating out or with friends. You’ll feel better and you’ll have confidence in your choices even when other people don’t understand them. And you might be surprised how many people follow your lead and start living gluten free too.
Next time I’d like to talk a little bit about some common questions you might get from people who aren’t familiar with gluten free and wheat free lifestyles. You might have some of the same questions so it’s a good time to explore the answers.