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|Written by feliciav|
|16 August 2010|
Hi Everyone! Here's some info that I recently shared with a newbie to the whole CD issue. These are posts that I sent to her in reply to some questions she had asked. I was asked to post this info in the Articles area so that other newbies can take advantage of the info as well. Most of which I found here from countless friends who pointed me to some very valuable resources. :) Thanks to all!
PS.....no sources were used. This is all just info I've gathered along the way talking to others and finding out what works and what doesn't at restaurants that I like to go to. Hope this helps you out!I think just about every day you go through life with this is a learning curve. Every time you turn around there's another restaurant offering GF foods, there's more GF foods in the markets, better varieties. I think it is getting easier for celiacs to prosper out there but you should pay close attention to the cross contamination factors. You've probably already read some books with the basics:No using the same toaster that gluten rich foods are toasted in. One crumb can throw you for a loop!Don't use the same mayo, mustard, etc. that everyone else uses. If they take a dollop out, wipe their bread, and then put the knife back in the jar, yup. You guessed it! More cross contamination. Simple things like keeping your GF stuff away from gluten rich foods.Making sure you ask lots of questions if you go out to a restaurant that offers GF good. I think personally that most eateries do offer GF in terms of the "ingredients" of the food. But they don't necessarily understand the ins and outs of cross contamination. I experienced that recently at a Pub 99. They say the fries are GF. But at that particular one I went to, they were frying the fries in the same oil that they put fried chicken and haddock in. So....the one crumb can do it to ya theory nabbed me again. It's always going to be a live and learn process. If you can accept that then you'll be fine. Plus there are so many folks here who can share secrets, tips, experiences, you name it. This is the right place to find what you're looking for. And someone will usually be able to respond to you pretty quickly. Within a day or so. And you can "friend" folks here too. Make some special connections. It's great that you're here so soon after being diagnosed. You will find so much helpful info here.And if you have any specific questions make sure you put them out there. Trust me, you'll find answers. I know some of the restaurants around here will let you bring your own GF bread/rolls/buns for a hamburger or something. A lot of places also offer it "protein style." They just plop it in some huge lettuce leaves and you can eat to your heart's content. I mean it's inconvenient at times but it's actually healthier if you eat a burger in a bunch of lettuce vs. chowing on all those carbs in a bun right? There's still a lot out there that we can eat. And yes, you're so right about life not meant to be easy. Sometimes it sure does give you a kick in the pants doesn't it? LOL!
But we keep each other sane here in these forums.
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