Gluten Free Glut: Eliminating gluten or eating around allergies poses plenty of hurdles

01/28/14 by Vanessa Evans

Your allergies to certain foods is unfortunate but necessary.
If gluten gives you a hard time, then living life gluten free is allowing you to feel fantastic.
The hardest part of eating around certain foods regardless of the reason comes not so much when your making lunch or dinner at home but rather finding restaurants that accommodate your dietary restrictions or perhaps even a grocery store that gives you realistic options.
The latter dilemma has given rise to plenty of products with the "gluten free" label, along with stores dubbed as "whole foods" or "organic." What some may scoff off as a gimmick or another means to cultivate revenue and create a demographic of new food buyers and diners, others hold this new found eating habit close to their heart, and stomach, and swear by the effectiveness of a gluten free diet and how it makes them feel.
As far as eating at home and carefully selecting ingredients and snacking, the selections can be sparse and most of the foods you love to eat most likely might be off limits if you're gluten free. Just the idea of snagging a small bag of pretzels or a quick early morning bagel is quickly bagged and the search for something specific begins.

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The aforementioned organic and whole foods shops showcase most of what you'll need for the most part but they haven't reached mainstream status just yet as far as having one on every corner of every neighborhood.
If that's the case, plenty of online companies have created a simple stream to supply those who suffer from allergies or are gluten free with plenty of applicable products that they simply can't find in stores. Take those pesky pretzels for example.
Few of them are gluten free, and the ones that are leave a lot to be desired from a taste standpoint. That isn't the case with Pretzel Perfection and their twice baked snacks. Not only are they gluten free but taste tremendous and actually are available in a myriad of flavors.
Once you take your allergy and gluten free needs on the road and away from the friendly confines of the home is where some experience plenty of frustration.
You peanut allergy won't appreciate that peanut oil the chef is cooking with, and not every fine dining establishment is on the cusp of the gluten free movement. That translates into some tentative restaurant reservations or calling ahead to ensure your trip isn't futile when you arrive to find you can't eat anything on the menu.
A tremendous guide in this instance is the appropriately titled book, "Let's Eat Out Around the World Gluten Free and Allergy Free." The title of this book is a mouthful, but its benefits will keep you from going hungry when you're trying to adapt to a certain diet. The book is adept at guiding you through making pertinent decisions about your food choices and giving you much needed information on exactly how a particular ethnicity prepares its food, and subsequently how it affects you.
What food book would be complete without plenty of colorful pictures, along with specific examples of how to eat around your favorite foods like pasta and pizza. "Let's Eat Out Around the World Gluten Free and Allergy Free" goes above and beyond just the day to day rigors and actually will set you on the right path as far as traveling and planning a vacation around your eating habits.
This book, along with a growing awareness and slow build to a better understanding of specialty diets, gives a renewed sense of optimism to those who have allergies or wheat aversions when it comes to eating.

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