I think one of the hardest things about living gluten free is when you really need or want to eat out. Like when you’re in the midst of moving, as we are. It’s so hard because you can’t easily just run by somewhere and pick something up. It’s a major ordeal to just go and eat, asking so many questions, checking a website (if possible) for allergen information. It’s just easier, not mention, cheaper and healthier, to eat at home. However, there are times when you just can’t face making a meal or you haven’t been to the store. So, I will share a couple of my fast food experiences.
Salad – check about the dressing
Hamburger/Cheeseburger – no bun
Chili (I haven’t eaten it but my friend who is Celiac has)
They have a dedicated french fry fryer at some locations
Cheeseburger no bun
Chick Fil A:
Grilled Chicken no bun
These are the places and items we have frequented usually without incident. Though today, I think we have gotten contaminated with gluten.
Explaining to, preferably, the manager, the importance of the handling of your food and also checking the website or asking if they have a gluten free menu. Telling them all the important stuff – no bread/breaded items can touch my food, or be cooked where these items have touched. Please change your gloves so that the gluten on your gloves don’t contaminate my food.
Sadly, though, even when you take all these measure, it’s possible that you may still get contaminated. That is always a chance you take when you don’t eat at home or make the food yourself.