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Mexican food may be another type of food that is gluten free

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Thank you so much for your words. I know it sounds silly, but seeing someone I don't even know yet worried about me really makes me feel better!!
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I actually have made an agreement with myself recently. My health really is important to me, so why should I damage my health just for fear of making a difficulty or complication for others? I know even when I do, no one seems to complain - quite the opposite, they seem happy to help!

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I understand the desire to be low-key and low-maintenance. Do you have celiac cards (business cards with celiac info and examples of things that will make you sick) you can give instead of having to explain wherever you go? People who eat anything can go anywhere and have an OK meal, but it takes a lot for those meals to be memorable. I think that good kitchen and house staff know this, and also know that they can make your dietarily-restricted meal memorable (and make a loyal customer out of you) simply by being genuinely attentive to your needs and preferences. Please don't be afraid to ask for what you want, because I am so, SO sad thinking about you being in pain because you don't want to -be- a pain!

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Thanks so much for the info!

I guess part of my problem is that I don't really want to bother the waiters/waitresses too much or make a big deal out of my having celiac,,, I hate having attention called to me so much, and being the one to make things complicated or difficult! I just have to learn to put my stomach pain and issues over the thought of making a complication emoticon

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Oh and always ask about the ingera bread. Most American Ethiopian (I can never spell that right. LOL) mix the teff flour with wheat and that would be very bad for you. Make sure that the restaurant you are in make it with 100% teff or boy will your tummy ache. Oh no!

The Potatoes and Peas with tomatoes are usually very mild in Indian dishes and the dahl (lentils) can be both mild and spicy. But ask your waiter. They will be happy to lead you to a mild dish and if you don't want the ghee they can sometimes cook without it. Some dishes are made ahead and some dishes are made to order.


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Oh! and sorry - I missed Rheynklaw's post 'cause I was typing the last reply when she posted!

Those are some great ideas! Thanks so much :)

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Thanks for all of the advice guys! I really had thought about going to more asian food restaurants, I just have a hard time finding them in the little towns I live near!

As for indian food, I generally have to stay away from it because a lot of it is too spicy for my poor sensitive stomach (I really pay for it the next day!!) Are there indian food dishes that are a little less spicy or overpowering? I may have just been getting the wrong dishes so far!



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P.S. There's always the humble baked potato and broccoli combo (oh, and garbanzo beans if there's a salad bar!) It's not winning any culinary awards any time soon, but most chain restaurants have both, and IMHO, the better part of a bottle of hot sauce can make anything taste passable.
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Feeding yourself veg and G-free is definitely a learning curve, but you probably know more about food now than you ever thought you would, right?
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These are all great suggestions for dining out, and I will offer one more (general) piece of advice. If you have a favorite Asian restaurant, talk to the chef/manager/owner about bringing your own Tamari or wheat-free soy sauce for them to cook with. I know a number of people who have this arrangement at different restaurants, and it really expands the possibilities since that is a common ingredient.

Oh, just kidding about having only one more suggestion, because here is another: Ethiopian is a fantastic, delicious choice with tons and tons of options. Injera bread will change your life and possibly haunt your dreams.

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Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese: Rice noodles and veggies, brown rice and veggies, Pad Thai at Thai or Pad Seu at Thai restaurants substitute soy sauce for the fish sauce. They use rice noodles for this that you can have right? I call ahead and find restaurants that serve brown rice. I never order white rice if I can avoid it. You can order veggies and brown rice with a nice sauce at most of these restaurants and have a wonderful meal. One of my favorite Vietnamese meals is their cold rice noodle salad. You get a pile of cold rice noodles and a load of veggies and lettuce with a flavorful sauce and a side of siraracha hot sauce. YUM!

Indian is great as VEGFROG mentioned. I don't eat Paneer but I love dahl (lentils) and soups and rice dishes and always aloo gobi. YUM! You can always find something there.

I have been having a big problem at restaurants lately because I have to give up MSG because of migraines. Try to eat at a restaurant being vegan and no MSG. That is a hard one too! WOW. At least I can have a piece of bread though. Lettuce and bread but no dressing for my salad. LOL


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I find a lot of choices at Indian restaurants. Saag Paneer (sauteed spinach with cheese), aloo gobi (potatoes and cauliflower in a light tomato sauce) and Baingan Bharta (Punjabi style eggplant) are some of my favorites at Indian restaurants. Usually they are served with pappadam, a light wafer/bread made from lentil flour. Also - many Asian restaurants will offer vegetarian selections. Just need to make sure fish sauce or other animal based broths aren't used. Get the rice or bean thread noodles. Ooooops - I just realized one has to ask to get the food prepared without ghee at the Indian restaurant if you're vegan.

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I used to adore going to restaurants. Now it's more of a battle for me, because I found out I have celiac back in 2010, and since February of this year, I've been trying a vegetarian diet. Do you know how many restaurants and diners have almost no dishes that have those two qualities?

It's nearly impossible! I usually end up with a few lettuce leaves on a plate with some terribly oily sauce that's just gross... OR some old, squishy fruit in a cup, that seems like it's rejects from whatever fruit dishes they prepare.
I will say that the only relief from this problem that I've found is at Olive Garden. They offer Gluten-free pasta dishes that are also vegetarian. I thank them from the bottom of my heart for that!

Since I can't have any kind of bread or wheat dishes, and no meat, I sometimes really dread going out to eat with everyone!

Does anyone have some advice? Do you deal with this problem?

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