Once you begin to reap the physical rewards of living gluten-free on the home front, the dining scene may beckon. The last thing you want is to temporarily erase your hard work in avoiding gluten with an unsafe, mistake-prone experience at a restaurant that leaves you feeling ill. Im the beginning, being fearful of dining out is a natural response. But always remember, you are in the driver’s seat and it begins with forethought and double-checking the service staff’s knowledge.
Dining out gets easier the more you do it, but keeping the following tips in mind can lessen your fear of eating in restaurants.
• Call restaurants ahead to inquire about gluten-free menus. These are obviously safer places to start and can be a good way to ease back into the dining scene.
• Even if a restaurant does not have a gluten-free menu, if they are aware of the diet and are happy to accommodate your needs, this can put your mind at ease. Restaurant staffs who are genuinely interested in going the extra mile to render good service can lessen your fear.
• Despite finding a good level of awareness at a restaurant, it never hurts to double-check or test their knowledge against your own. The answers the staff provides you will either boost your confidence or rattle it. Dine at the restaurants that boost your confidence! Leave those that rattle it.
• Do your homework and avoid dining establishments that you know can be a cause for fear either because of the menu or possibilities of cross-contamination in what they serve.