It has happened to most all of us at one time or another. You have just finished a meal at a restaurant when you notice you aren’t quite feeling right. For me, that starts with a stabbing headache and a hot flash. Immediately you know your meal has come into contact with gluten. Now what do you do? How can you turn your negative experience into a positive one? Read More »
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These 5 tips will help you stay gluten-free at the times when it is toughest.
Restaurants: Talk to the Manager.
Restaurants can be a minefield. Talking to the manager before you eat, even before you visit, can guarantee a safe meal. Why the manager? The manager has a vested interest in making sure you have a great experience. He or she often knows what is in the meals, usually understands gluten if the restaurant claims a gluten-free menu, and has quick access to ingredient labels. The other staff, even including cooks, may be new hires or less educated when it comes to gluten.
Family Events: Bring it. Hide it.
Family parties and get togethers are great, fun, boisterous times! Unless you know the host is making a gluten-free meal with lots of options, it is best to bring your food, even if it is “just in case.” Why hide it? When the cousins see your delicious gluten-free cookies or meatballs or bbq chicken, they are going to eat it. All of it. Cross contamination is also an issue. We’ve all seen people use the same spoons to scoop up different dishes. Bring it. Hide it. At least hide some of it.
Grocery Shopping: Choose Whole Foods over Processed.
Most processed foods contain multiple ingredients. Some are easy to figure out. Others might as well be a different language. Choosing whole foods makes it easy to shop gluten-free. Whole foods include eggs, meats, vegetables, nuts, fish, fruits…basically ingredients. While preparation might take a little longer, lots of times the meals we make are more nutritious and delicious. Especially when made with gluten-free love.
Don’t Chance It. When in Doubt, Toss it Out.
I once asked my mother whether a leftover in the refrigerator was still good. “When in doubt, toss it out,” she said. The idea is that it isn’t worth getting sick over. This logic applies to gluten-free. If you’re not sure about a food or meal, don’t risk it. Eating that particular food or dish isn’t worth being sick for hours or days. Also, your instincts are generally right.
“I……am…….starving!” We’ve all been there. Skipped breakfast. Worked through lunch. Whatever the reason, now we are starving and judgment is out the window. This is exactly the situation we want to avoid because being hungry makes it exponentially harder to make good decisions. Carrying snacks is so important and can be a live saver. Find a few shelf stable snacks you like and keep them in your glove compartment or in a desk drawer for those times when you need ANYTHING to eat.
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Eating out can seem like navigating a minefield, with gluten lurking in the least expected places.
How do you protect yourself and avoid gluten when you eat out?
Do you talk to the manager? Do you bring your own food? Do you call ahead? Do you use any Apps?
What mistakes have you made in the past that you want other people to know about so they can avoid doing the same thing?
Answer in the comments below! Thank you!
Woohoo! Chick-Fil-A just announced in a press release that they will be carrying individually wrapped gluten-free buns at their restaurants nationwide. (USA)
In the video, I explain the bun and how it arrives so you don’t get cross contaminated. I also walk you through Chick Fil A’s gluten-free menu on their website.
Over the past few years more & more restaurants have been adding gluten-free menus to their repertoire. This is a much welcomed change to people who have had to follow the diet for any period of time. Simply being able to order off of the menu and not bring food in from the outside is a pleasure.
The French fries and potato cakes are off limits due to cross-contamination issues; sharing the deep fryer with chicken fingers, chicken patties and mozzarella sticks makes them unsafe.
The days of driving past all the fast food joints because NOBODY offers gluten-free buns are over!
Shake Shack just announced they are carrying gluten-free buns at all their locations besides stadiums and ballparks.
We got gluten-free buns, hun! You can now snag your burger with a gluten-free bun at all Shacks 'cept stadiums & ballparks. pic.twitter.com/5ZtrCAlmJi
— SHAKE SHACK (@shakeshack) December 19, 2016
My fiancee and I like to cook. We like being healthy and since we hate unnecessary pain and suffering, we avoid cross contamination. As a result, we tend to eat mostly healthy, tasty, homemade meals.
While we love cooking, we have busy lives and hate cleaning up. Every once in awhile we both wish we could just order a pizza. In fact, we were just talking about it the other day.
Pizza Hut must have heard us talking because they just launched their Udi’s Pizza Sales today! And they deliver!
Here is what Pizza Hut posted on its website today:
For some time, we’ve seen you guys do all sorts of unique and inventive things to eat pizza. From your special homemade version to cauliflower crusts to zucchini pizza boats, we’ve been impressed with your pizza spirit. But we knew you were still missing out on the simple joy of ordering pizza and having it arrive at your door. So we got together with our friends at Pizza Hut and came up with a solution.
Since we’ve shared this announcement, we’ve been listening to all of your feedback. We’re so happy to see your interest and anticipation, but we’ve also been tracking your biggest concerns and questions. Here are answers to some of the most common questions we are seeing.
Q: Are these pizzas baked in a separate oven?
On April 14, Chick-fil-A introduced new and improved grilled chicken breast and nuggets to its lineup. This new grilled chicken is infused with a smoky taste by marinating it in a blend of sea salt, lemon, garlic, and savory herbs. According to the company, this technique creates a tender, juicy filet with just the right amount of smoky flavor.
According to the company, they spent seven years and more than $50 million to reinvent its grilled chicken recipe. The largest portion of the investment came as the company worked with Garland Grills to create a proprietary grill. This new grill sears the chicken on cast-iron grates like it was cooked on a backyard grill, only faster.
“We started with a mission to create a best-in-class grilled sandwich, and after testing 1,200-plus recipes, we landed on a taste so remarkable that we decided to extend the flavor into a full grilled line,” said David Farmer, Chick-fil-A’s vice president of product strategy and development. “Our previous grilled entrees were good, but not remarkable. We wanted a grilled chicken recipe that is just as ‘craveable’ as our original Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich.” Read More »
With Restaurant Week upon us in Washington DC I can’t help but think about how far the restaurant industry has come in the past few years when it comes to serving gluten-free customers! Between the increase in demand for gluten-free products from the celiacs, the gluten intolerant and the fad dieters to the efforts of nonprofits like National Foundation For Celiac Awareness, Celiac Disease Foundation and the Gluten Intolerance Group, people living gluten-free can enjoy the delicious foodie culture that has spread across the country!
Which star chefs and popular restaurants have joined the gluten-free bandwagon? A lot! Read More »