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Celiac Disease 107: Additional Support

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Dining Out Gluten-Free

Celiac disease should not stop you from eating out. There are more new gluten-free choices each day, so start exploring! Here are a few tips to keep in mind when eating out:

  • Know the gluten-free diet (GFD)!
    • Be sure you have solid knowledge of labels and what you can safely eat.
    • Don’t forget about hidden gluten in salad dressings, soups and marinades.
  • Let your server (or host) know about your allergy.
    • Speak up! Make sure they know you cannot have items with gluten or that have been contaminated with gluten.
    • Ask questions.
    • Not sure how a menu item is made? Ask your server to ask the kitchen staff. Better safe than sorry!
    • Don’t see a gluten-free menu right away? Try asking! They may have one that you need to request.
  • Send it back (if you need to).
    • Mistakes happen and that is OK. However, if the staff makes a mistake and adds gluten to your dish (such as putting croutons in your salad), you need to ask for it to be fixed.
  • Say thank you.
    • Needing to change something is nothing to feel guilty about. Showing your thanks and kindness goes a long way.
  • Do your research.
    • With so many restaurants having gluten-free menus, try a quick Internet search to find new places.

Religious Practices

There are a few religious customs that call for products with gluten. Below is a table of the most common customs and solutions if you have celiac disease. 

 

Books

Real Life with Celiac Disease: Troubleshooting and Thriving Gluten Free by Daniel A. Leffler and Melinda Dennis

Support Groups

There are a number of support groups for caregivers and patients with celiac disease. Reach out to your gastroenterologist, dietitian, local hospital or community center for more details.

Trusted Websites

Celiac Disease – What to Know:
  • Celiac disease is a health issue in which people cannot handle a protein called gluten.
  • Celiac disease causes many GI issues, among other things.
  • The treatment for celiac disease is to cut out gluten and eat a gluten-free diet (GFD).
  • Do not get rid of gluten in your diet until you have been tested by a doctor and then only if he or she tells you to.
  • If you still have celiac symptoms after going gluten-free or would like more information, talk to your gastroenterologist.

 

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