Many of us enjoy dining out with friends or family, but for those who have food allergies or intolerances, it may not be that much fun.
When you do not control the ingredients in your food, this can expose you to an intolerance and thereby trigger a reaction such as bloating, nausea, or bloating. Most restaurants can be quite flexible, and with enough advance notice before your reservation, they can prepare your food properly. However, many restaurants are unable to do this – so it’s best to check this out in advance.
Here are some great tips for enjoying eating out without worrying about your intolerances:
In recent years, there has been a slight “increase” in intolerances and allergies, which has since become a dietary trend excluding food with gluten and dairy foods from the diet. So many restaurants now offer gluten-free, lactose-free, and vegan menus. Check the restaurants website to see if there are good menu options for you and, if necessary, call ahead of your reservation to ensure that the restaurant can provide you with what you want.
Do not be afraid to ask questions
Many people suffer in silence because they feel ashamed of their intolerances. Do not be afraid to ask the head chef how the various dishes are prepared; for example, “What kind of oil do you use to fry ?!”
Make simple choices, and restrict to “clean” foods that have not been processed.
Check your food
Even after receiving your meal, make sure you confirm that this is the meal you ordered, without food to which you are intolerant. See if any of your allergens are present – for example, if you are gluten intolerant and there is bread on your plate, ask the person who served you: “Does not this bread have gluten?”
Know your body!
If you have symptoms such as nausea, tiredness, headaches, skin problems, or bloating whenever you eat a certain type of food, be sure to test to see if you are intolerant of something. A self-diagnosis can lead to an incorrect diagnosis, and therefore may not be enjoying certain foods. We will test 600 food and non-food items and provide a complete detailed report of your results, highlighting exactly which foods are intolerant, so you can get to know your body better.