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Old 09-03-2014, 17:02   #1
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DH and I travel pretty extensively. Sometimes with friends, sometimes by ourselves. And, when we are home we have access to some very good restaurants.

I try to catch the waiter during the 'what would you like to drink' phase. I explain I am allergic to eggs and peanut butter/peanut oil, and (to keep the dissertation as short as possible) I cannot eat sugar, gluten, grains, flour, potato, or rice. I then either ask the waiter to talk to the chef and tell me what on the menu I can eat, or I ask about two or three dishes - can I eat any of them?

If I can't get all that in early, it really slows the meal ordering phase down.

DH is supportive but rolls his eyes and wishes the show was over. One set of friends no longer goes out to eat with us.

In most of the restaurants we have visited, the wait staff takes my situation very, very seriously. Frequently the chef either comes out to talk to me, or I get a guided tour of the kitchen. Sometimes I end up with a custom meal. Sometimes I cannot eat anything in the restaurant.

All in all, I eat out a lot, and my BG stays where I want it to stay.

How do you handle eating out?

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For me eating out is quite infrequent. The most likely scenario is two or three times a year I go back to the UK for a reunion with some old work colleagues. This involves a lunch time meet up and an evening final meal (usually a curry). The locations we will be using are arranged in advance and a few days beforehand, a bit of serious on line research takes place to see what on the menu might be acceptable.

So, I go there armed with some fairly firm guidelines but even then I double check with the waiter to ensure that there are no hidden extras. Generally I don't have a problem but it does require a deliberate decision to do the homework. I do tend to fight shy of visiting an unknown restaurant entirely on spec since my experience with some has been disappointing as regards their knowledge of the products they offer.

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I generally go to those restaurants that have a gluten-free menu, which narrows the selections considerably. In those few restaurants the wait staff are very accommodating and more than willing to go check on ingredients or ask the chef.

On a trip one time we ate with relatives in a nice Italian restaurant at lunch and not at a busy time (that is key to this kind of thing). I did have the waiter ask the chef what he would recommend given my restrictions (at that time it was more the gluten that I was trying to avoid). He custom made my dish and it was so very good. Better than I would have eaten had I tried to pick and choose.

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I eat out as much as possible as I am widowed and live alone, so eating out with friends is my social life. Since my walking got so limited I've had to curtail many of my outlets I enjoyed prior. The only food I simply cannot tolerate is shrimp because of the side effects it has. I guess I'm lucky that way. I do have other foods I'm allergic to but not serious consequences if I get a bit of them an Allegra tends them. So, the only problem I have to worry about is my LC/HF diet. For that reason I choose if able to eat a restaurant that has steak on the menu.

My mother in her latter years thought she had to have a special diet so I try hard not to ask too much in the way but rather just be picky about what I order. I know about the eye-rolling bit.

John, the only curries I know about include rice, so what are the ones you eat in the UK? I'm really curious about that.




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In the UK, the curry comes with the side dish you chose so I normally order a vegetable dish. There are a few that come with rice as an integral part. They are not an option for me.

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I always avoid the fast food joints. If thats where the family wants to stop when traveling, I have snacks that I can eat if I'm hungry. Usually steak or Mexican food places are good for me. At steak houses, I get just a plain steak and steamed veggies, hold the carrots please. At the Mexican food places they usually have a fajita meat salad that doesn't bother my BG and a large guacamole.

I guess I need to find out if they soak those steaks. At the mexican food franchise we frequent the most, my BG is usually lower when I get home than it was when I left.

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I try to view the menu online ahead of time and look for things I can have, so I know before going in what I will order. If there's something special that I need done (e.g. don't bread the chicken marsala) I will call ahead. We don't go out often (a few times a year), so that's not too burdensome.

The one time I did have trouble is going to a famous SF vegetarian restaurant, Greens. They have a Prix fixe menu based on what's fresh that day on weekends when we went to celebrate my husband's birthday. There's no way to tell what the dinner choices will be in advance, but on the sample recent menus I found lots of things I could eat. I did include a note when I made the reservation that I don't eat grains, and they brought almonds to the table for me instead of bread. BUT. ..

The only thing main course choice without grains was a pepper dish, and I LOATHE peppers. The waiter was sweet and brought me the dish to try, claiming the peppers weren't too prominent, but OMG they were. So for my nearly $50 I had two salad courses (great salad courses, but salads, still) and a lovely dessert (high in carbs but a planned splurge).

I would love to go there again when it's not "pepper season" and I will know to call ahead and actually talk to the chef about whether I'm going to find something to eat.

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Nancy:

I dont go anywhere that I haven't done recon. Even on the road, I stick to the same chains- boring to be sure, but safe. I always stick with steak salads or cobb salads minus a lot, or I order steak, burger or salmon with a side of broccoli awash in butter. That seems to be doable everywhere. Takes spontaneity out of my life, but it keeps me on track.

I love that you are such a traveler! Good for you!

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I eat out a LOT, if you include the cafeteria where I tend to order lunch. I usually resign myself to not getting enough fat at the restaurant, and head for decaf with HWC at a nearby coffee place (there's ALWAYS a nearby coffee place).

Normally I start with picking a place that I SHOULD be able to customize a dish, and proceed to do so. This weekend I ate at Black Bear, and had poached eggs with ham, hollandaise, and BF's dinner salad (hold the tomatoes, onions, and croutons).

My local favorite Indian place I don't order the rice, go home and have the tikka masala over steamed cauliflower. Just had some last night, in fact. Leftovers tonight!

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Oh, yes! Whenever it is possible, I love the online menus. Not only do they give me ideas about what to order, but they are such an enjoyable read!

And, fast food, fergit it. I tried several chains' burger - BG soared to the stratosphere. Turns out many of them use flour as a binder. A small amount, many non-medicated diabetics can handle it. But combine carbs with gluten intolerance, and for me they are just a no-no.

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