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New Survey Findings Reveal Dangers of Dining Out With Food Allergies

Last month, our friends at Snack Safely reported the findings of a survey representing 1,000 food-allergic individuals in the UK. The survey was carried out by the law firm...
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Ming Tsai's Food For Thought

Ming Tsai's Food For Thought
My journey with food allergies began when I opened my first restaurant, Blue Ginger, in 1998. I felt it was important that our kitchen be mindful...
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Everything's Coming Up... Rotten

Everything's Coming Up... Rotten
Something in our world is changing. Our bodies are rejecting the food we eat. Even the experts don’t really know why. In January, Netflix debuted...
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Do Waitstaff Create a False Sense of Security?

Do Waitstaff Create a False Sense of Security?
I’m often asked whether a consumer device that tests for unwanted ingredients in foods will give those with food allergies a false sense of security when...
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Questions to Ask When Dining Out with Food Allergies

Questions to Ask When Dining Out with Food Allergies
We strongly believe that a dialogue between restaurant staff and food-allergic guests is essential to a comfortable dining experience. Simply telling a wait staff member that...
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Top 10 Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurants 2017

Top 10 Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurants 2017
AllergyEats, the leading guide to allergy-friendly restaurants in the United States, has just released its 2017 list of the Top 10 Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains nationwide. https://www.allergyeats.com/2017-list-of-top-10-allergy-friendly-restaurant-chains/
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Empowering Food-Allergic Teens to Dine Out

For those of you who are parents of teens with food allergies or other dietary restrictions, the fear of letting go and allowing our kids to...
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Refused Service bc of Food Allergy?

Refused Service bc of Food Allergy?
Have you ever been refused service due to food allergies?  I'm not sure if this was a positive, or negative experience.  Can you help? Read the...
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Summer Filled Food Allergy Stories

Summer Filled Food Allergy Stories
What makes some people want to be helpful and others not?  Here's an accumulation of food allergy stories from summer:  http://wp.me/p5Xjxg-8v 
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Food Allergies and Vegetable Oil: What You Need to Know

Near our home in Colorado Springs is a Mexican restaurant called Carlos Miguel's that people rave about. So last Friday evening, when the streets were icy...
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Adventures in Austin, Celiac-Safe Eateries for a Custom Eater

Adventures in Austin, Celiac-Safe Eateries for a Custom Eater
Trying to adventure while carrying allergies or autoimmune food issues?  Sometimes you just need to know there's a safe eatery to drop in on.There’s a terror...
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The Allergic Foodie Rap

The Allergic Foodie Rap
See those  girls at the bar banning bread to look fit?They've got no clue how rye and wheat make a celiac sick.They sip their Skinny Girl...
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An Allergic Foodie Does NOT Live on Lettuce Alone

An Allergic Foodie and her husband don't always agree on where to eatWe'd been driving for a day and a half and were only halfway home. The high winds across the Kansas plains and the oversized trucks creeping...
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Denial, or Why I Ate That Damn Pizza

Denial, or Why I Ate That Damn Pizza
I never eat something I know I shouldn't. This, folks, is called being in denial. Denial is when you pretend something that happened didn't really happen....
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Why I Don't Eat Out (Much) Anymore

Why I Don't Eat Out (Much) Anymore


Prior to my diagnosis with celiac, I was a restaurant and junk food fiend. My favorite food was fried and I would never say no to a dessert or other carb (and gluten) laden treat. So you can imagine my devastation when I found out that basically all of my favorite foods were off limits after finding out I could no longer eat gluten. 

 

Despite feeling like I was given a death sentence by having to go gluten free, I was completely fed up with being in pain all the time and constantly feeling exhausted and bloated. Solely because I wanted to feel better, I dove right into a GF diet. And to my amazement, I felt so much better even within the first week. I vowed that I would never eat gluten again - besides the fact that it was slowly killing me. 


After being on the GF diet for a couple months though, I really started to miss eating out. It wasn't just the delicious foods served at restaurants I missed, it was the whole fun and excitement of it. I started looking up restaurants who could accommodate a GF diet and began checking them out. I had a few mishaps with getting glutened, but being not so far from going GF, I suffered the pain and moved on. I had no hesitation to try other restaurants. 

 

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