You have to be careful at those restaurants. A lot of Mexican Restaurants use flour in just about all of their sauces. They may not do it in Mexico but they sure do in most restaurants. And Asian restaurants use a lot of soy sauce which contains wheat so again you have to be really careful. As far as I have found Italian restaurants are completely off limits. I have not found one yet that has more then a steak that I can eat.
Of course this is most likely a bit after the fact, but I try to eat as much ethnic food as possible (mexican, indian and most asian are my top three favorites) as those cultures don't rely heavily on wheat and gluten as a mainstay. I also try to eat clean protein and steamed vegetables on the side. Salads are also great. Plain baked potatoes or rice are good bases that you can mix stuff into to make a whole meal. I also love larabars (I buy them at Kroger in the health food section) and always keep one or two or a baggie of homemade trail mix in my purse for emergencies. Those have saved my toosh more than once lately!
I am sorry I did not see this before you left. Eating out is hard but when traveling you really do not have a choice. We do pack a large ice chest with cheese, fruits, vegetables and gf cold cuts. Bottles of water are a good drink so you do not worry about calories. Rice crackers make the base for small little sandwiches for the meat and cheese. Trail mix is good for snacking on. We also take rice milk in the cooler and eat cereal for breakfast along with fruit. Much more economical then eating out every meal. Some restaurants are better then others at being helpful. I have found that even with mentioning that you have Celiac Disease or being gluten intolerant it is best to say you have a severe allergy to wheat (make sure to also say flour because people are just plain ignorant), rye, barley (malt) and oats. Most restaurants can guide you to safe foods. And my saying allergy they seem a lot more responsive. Pay attention to what people get around you. If the bread is served on the plate tell them not to let it touch your plate.
Very few resorts have food that you can eat and are not very accommodating. But usually if you tell them that you are on a restrictive diet and can not eat their food they well break the rules for you and allow you to carry food into the park. Disney is the exception. They are very accommodating as was all ready mentioned.
A lot of Bed and Breakfasts Inns are very accommodating if you notify them in advance.
Disney resort will accommodate many food allergies including gluten-free. And the are very careful not to cross contaminate. Not every kitchen can do this but if you contact Disney before hand they will help you.
My advice would be to eat as "natural" as possible. Nibble on fruit and veg, so you stay full for most the day and not "fall" for the 'niceties' out there. we are thinking of you! good luck and don't give up!
I just got back from a weekend conference, and my best advice would be to pack some gluten-free snacks that are allowed on the airplane. My favorites are Larabars, as they are all natural with a fair amount of both protein and fiber.
My family and I are leaving for disneyland this thursday. How in the world can i stay on my diet and eat gluten free for 4 days??? I'm not completely gluten free, but i try as much as i can. Help, Please!!
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