How to Order at a Restaurant if You’re Dairy-Free

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If you have any dietary restrictions – whether due to food allergies, intolerances, or just strong preferences – it can be challenging to eat out and be safe, let alone relax and enjoy the experience. A bit of a foodie myself, I love to eat out and discover new flavors and places. But being gluten- and dairy-free, I know what I have to do to take care of myself and I take full responsibility for doing it in a way that is as unobtrusive as possible. Below are my tips for planning your meal out that will make it worth it. Much of it is in your expectations and attitude, the rest comes with a little bit of preparation and planning.

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10 Reasons Grapefruit is my Favorite Fruit

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About 6 months ago, I made the decision to cut out as much sugar as possible from my diet, and it’s made a world of difference to my taste buds and to my digestive issues. I really didn’t realize how much sugar I had been consuming, between all the fruit, granola, and smoothies and snacks, not to mention outright sweets like ice cream (non-dairy of course) and gluten-free cookies. On the whole, I probably was still not eating as much sugar as the average American, but for someone with digestive issues like mine, I was eating way too much, as I soon discovered. I embarked on a 2-month journey to cut it all out as part of a strict anti-candidata diet. I even cut out Thai food and all fruits except grapefruit, raspberries and blueberries. As difficult as the first two weeks of withdrawal were, I discovered a really helpful fact – that sugar aggravates my digestive symptoms, namely the extreme bloating and lethargy – even when I’m being strict with avoiding my intolerances of gluten and dairy.

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My Favorite Dairy-Free Alternatives

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I’ve been gluten-free and dairy-free for about 8 years, and if you ask me which one I miss more, hands down the answer is dairy. The gluten-free “movement”, if you want to call it that, has been around for at least a decade now, and in that time has ballooned to a huge industry, with new gluten-free substitutes emerging every time I visit the grocery store. Each year, gluten-free bread, pasta, pizza dough, and sweets get better and better, so much so that many of them are pretty close to the real thing.

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