“Let them eat cake…” Huh?!
Historically speaking, Marie Antoinette, reputed for having said this, did not say it exactly, but the attitude was clear, and actions can speak more loudly than words!
Sadly, while many may understand the effects of extremely visible illnesses, they may not understand those whose symptoms that remain unseen…. Guilty!
I have been pouring over various posts and blogs throughout the web over the past week trying to educate myself before seeing a nutritionist, and many writers of gluten free posts have expressed the embarrassment, frustration and disappointment at the reaction of others to their dietary plight. For their hurt and frustration I am sorry!!
Having gone through extreme dietary changes in junior high school, (one of those humiliating times in every person’s life), I learned very quickly to leave the lunch room to eat my rice cakes and peanut butter to avoid mockery.
Later in life, it was also experienced when having to go “red-meat free” and eventually vegetarian for a while only to be told by others… “Meat is for the belly and the belly is for meat.” Yes, they were adults. There’s no point in getting angry at ignorance. Should they, those who say such things, ever come to deal with such restrictions, they will face their own frustrations and then will also understand… Ignorance is not bliss.
So, as an adult, is your best idea to lock yourself away from the living? NO!!! 🙂
Your best attitude is to Arm yourself with knowledge and know the ramifications of physical discomfort should you cave!! JUST DON’T DO IT! In a momentary lapse of judgment, you may be tempted to succumb to peer pressure, but DON’T DO IT!!!
Remember what you went through to get where you are… gluten free… and how much better you are starting to feel… If you’ve past the wheat and dairy “D.T.s” (yes, there are withdrawl symptoms), think about going through them again or worse, how bad you felt before giving them up! Mine have been pretty yucky. I don’t recommend dropping Gluten/wheat, dairy, eggs, and caffeine all at once if you can help it.
Time for the Illustrative, Dramatic, Theatrical Scene:
A bunch of friends are getting together from work, and you are invited… you are now gluten free… What do you do?…
What DO you do?
The clouds part…
The pigeons are loosed…
Low and behold, a list inscribed by the gods is now placed in your hands… Ting!!
A list of fast food restaurant and links to their gluten free sections. YOU ARE SAVED!!! ( Just kidding… after all, it’s just fast food, but it’s a start).
REMEMBER!!!! Just because these say that they are gluten free, mistakes do happen , so don’t go into things blindly, research… research… research! After a while, it will become second nature and you won’t really even have to think about it anymore. 🙂
So anyway, here we go. Some of these are in pdf form while others are an actual app you can use on the website or smart phone. I’ve also included another link to a page that has an in depth listing of various websites! I suggest that you keep a ready planned meal list for each restaurant for fast and easy (and hopefully embarrassment free) ordering.
Bon Appetit mes amis!
Wendy’s – http://www.wendys.com/redesign/wendys/pdf/en_US_gluten_free_list.pdf
McDonalds – http://nutrition.mcdonalds.com/getnutrition/ingredientslist.pdf this is a little complicated and you must read each item’s ingredients, but it does tell you what allergens they contain. Make your meal plan before going.
Arby’s – http://cds.arbys.com/pdfs/nutrition/gluten-free-menu.pdf
Burger King- http://www.bk.com/cms/en/us/cms_out/digital_assets/files/pages/MenuGlutenFree.pdf
Red Robin is the best! They provide an actual app on their website under the menu section that lets you chose the allergens that you’d like to avoid! FABULOUS!!
You can avoid wheat/gluten, soy, eggs, and much more! The link is displayed in the picture below, but if you have difficulty, here is the pdf. https://www.redrobin.com/pdf/Wheat_Gluten_Allergen_Menu.pdf
For assistance with more restaurants such as Chipotle and others, please see this link!
Stay warm, stay safe, and Enjoy Reading and Eating!!