Dining Out on a Gluten-Free Diet: 5 Tips for Success

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While the awareness of gluten-free continues to grow, dining out can still be challenging for those on the diet. Here are some suggestions for those on a gluten-free diet to help streamline the processes:

1. Make reservations, in person when possible. Meeting with the chef and restaurant manager ahead of time to discuss your dietary restrictions can be really helpful for everyone involved.

2. Review menus online. Many restaurants now have websites where they post their menus. This will help you to get an idea of what you want to order and prepare questions for the chef should you have them upon arrival.

3. Be polite and informative. Even though celiac disease is becoming more and more common, many people still do not know about it.  Try your best to be patient and understanding with the chefs and waiters serving you.

4. BYOB- Bring Your Own Backup! Call and ask the restaurant if you are permitted to bring your own bread, pasta, crackers, etc. to help them accommodate your needs. And just in case, pack a small emergency gluten-free snack stash (prepackaged nuts, crackers, or cookies) to prevent you from going hungry!

5. Have fun! Celiac disease is not the end of social dining.  It may seem like a burden and an inconvenience at first, but once you get the hang of it, you will be eating out in better style than you ever were before.

Additional Help and Dining Out Tips
The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) offers a host of resources for celiac patients and families, as well as information on managing a healthy and happy gluten-free life! NFCA also provides a listing of restaurants trained through their Gluten-Free Resource Education Awareness Training (GREAT) program, and are equipped to provide safe and delicious gluten-free options!

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