Alright, it’s time to start sharing my gluten free life hacks. So “let’s start at the very beginning…” (if the answering phrase didn’t immediate come to mind it’s time to rewatch “The Sound of Music”!)
#1 Don’t Be Afraid to Ask-if you have a sense of shame it’s time to lose it or you are going to miss out on some amazing food and experiences!
I have a prime example from last night!! My family is currently traveling to our favorite destination- Disneyland! It’s a two day car trip which means possibly problematic eating situations for me. We’ve done this drive enough that we have some usual stops but this time with the way kids were sleeping we opted to keep driving and passed by those spots. So last night we stopped in an unfamiliar town with fast food places we knew couldn’t accommodate me- so we tried a Mexican restaurant since I can usually find something that is inherently gluten free. We followed the directions to the spot and almost turned around. It looked a little sketchy but it was late and we were all starving. At some of our Mexican restaurants in town I have a few favorite dishes that they substitute corn tortillas for me, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to do that last night. First the chips came out and they looked different from what I’m served in town. When I was originally diagnosed I just would’ve sat there letting my family enjoy the chips and not asking if I could have them. This time, however, I asked and was rewarded. Not only could I eat them, but they were delicious!
Next I asked and decided to try their chicken tacos. I was a little trepidatious but again thankfully surprised! It was some of the best we’ve ever had. So thank you Sal’s Mexican Restaurant in Madera, California!
So moral of the story- you can’t live your life (or your dining) in fear! Either way, it’s better to know if you can’t eat- like today our stop for lunch at a food court means I’m eating some of the food I packed in the car when we get back to it, but that meant I could share my experiences with you. Or you can find a diamond in the rough- and have a new opportunity to enjoy something new!