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Tips for Dining Out With Celiac Disease

By Lana Bandoim

Celiac disease can make dining out a nightmare. You cannot eat gluten and the risk of cross-contamination is high. Sometimes the menus are confusing, and the staff members are not sure if certain dishes include gluten. In addition, gluten-free food can be more expensive than the regular versions. Before dining out, consider these helpful tips for people with celiac disease.

Pick a Location With Gluten-Free Options

Some restaurants and cafes welcome people who cannot eat gluten. They have special menus for gluten-free options and understand celiac disease. You do not have to waste time by educating the staff about celiac disease or gluten. Try to pick a location with multiple gluten-free options that understands diet restrictions.

Call Ahead

It may be helpful to call ahead and ask about the gluten-free menu. You may want to let the managers know about celiac disease and other meal restrictions. They can confirm if the chefs are able to accommodate your needs, so there is less confusion and stress during the ordering process.

Ask Many Questions

Although it can be annoying and embarrassing, ask many questions before placing an order. Try to be polite and understanding but insist on getting the required information from wait staff. People with celiac disease cannot take the risk of eating a meal that has been contaminated with gluten. Restaurants also do not want their customers to have bad experiences and get sick. Complaints and bad reviews will not help anyone.

Stay Flexible

It is important to stay flexible and consider multiple options from the menu that are safe for celiac disease. It can be difficult to watch everyone at the table devouring delicious meals and being forced to eat a boring yet safe salad. However, remembering the damage that gluten can do to the body for a person with celiac disease can help.

Eat at Home and Bring Snacks

Despite your best efforts, some restaurants may not be able to accommodate people with celiac disease, and nothing may be safe on the menu. Make sure you eat at home before going out and ask if it is possible to bring snacks. Although many restaurants and cafes will not allow outside food, some are flexible.

Dining out can be difficult for people with celiac disease. Although it may be easier to cook at home and avoid restaurants, this is not always possible. Consider these tips the next time you have to pick a restaurant.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Wyckoff, N.J.

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