I Hate these Glutened Days

Restaurants claiming GF on their menu’s can be very deceiving, just because they say gluten free, doesn’t necessarily mean it is.  Staff members may not fully appreciate the complexity of Celiac Disease when it comes to cross contamination or understanding ingredients, even after you explain it to them.

Some tips for eating out:

  • Call ahead to restaurant and talk to the manager or chef
  • Test them on their gluten free knowledge
  • Ask how they handle cross contamination in the kitchen with ovens, pans, utensils
  • Don’t ever assume something is GF because in your mind it ‘normally’ is
  • Don’t ever be embarrassed for being who you are and asking for what you need
  • Check on Yelp or Google for reviews on eateries with GF items
  • Be aware that fried foods are usually cooked in the same oil, the temperature does not cook the gluten out of the food
  • Be aware of your cocktails, bloody mary mix a lot of the time has wheat or barley or malt as an ingredient
  • Pizza places usually use the same pans and share oven space or prepare in a cross contaminated wheat area

Always, always ask questions, if you do not get an answer you feel comfortable with than do not eat it.  Especially in the beginning when you are learning about gluten free, what that is and what foods you can eat; this is when it is the most dangerous.  If you are still learning about your disease and the requirements, don’t assume that the people preparing and serving your food who are not gluten free, know anything either.

Make sure to do your homework beforehand so the whole day or evening is not ruined by getting accidentally glutened.  This is frustrating, annoying and a downright pain in the arse.  But and this is a big but, at least with this autoimmune disease called Celiac we have a pseudo cure, all the other autoimmune’s are still waiting.

Keep fighting the good fight.




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  1. Reply

    I was diagnosed in 2009. CDSucks

  2. Reply

    So true and the real deal!

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Hi, I’m Kirsten

Kirsten is a Registered Dietician in training and a Gluten Free Nutrition Consultant. She has a Bachelors from Illinois State and is working on her Masters in Nutrition at Metropolitan State University in Denver, CO. After graduation she will continue her clinical training and Registered Dietician certification.

Her goal is to provide a path for healthy living to individuals who are seeking a tailored made lifestyle specific to them another needs. Kirsten believes that everyone is different and no one diet can work for everyone, which is why fad diets rarely work for the long haul.

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Living the gluten free lifestyle is not an easy one and can be very overwhelming: from testing to grocery shopping, to eating out and deglutening your own household, I am here to walk you through the process from beginning to end. With tips, tricks, humor, healthy recipes and sometimes just an understanding ear, I will guide you seamlessly through.

I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2010, so I understand completely the trials and tribulations of living the gluten free lifestyle. Please contact me for more information @ glutenfreegal1@gmail.com



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