Maintaining a lectin-free diet while eating out can be a HASSLE! It’s hard to find restaurant staff that is knowledgable on lectin-free eating, so its paramount that you come prepared. Here are three tips to survive your next restaurant outing.
1. You Pick the Restaurant
If you’re able to, try to be the one that picks the restaurant. While this may not always be possible, it is definitely the easiest way to stick to the foods you can eat. Try to have a few options lined up to suggest when making plans. Make sure to study the menu beforehand so you know exactly what you’ll be having for lunch.
2. Have a List Ready
If you will be visiting a restaurant you’ve never eaten at, it’s best to have in mind what you’ve been able to eat at other restaurants. Keep a list of the items you’ve had at other restaurants handy in your phone, and look at it when you’re somewhere new. Chances are you’ll be able to find something similar. It can be hard to get the attention you need from staff when asking questions about the menu if it’s during a rush, so try to plan your visit when the restaurant might be a bit slower.
3. Pick a Basic
Every restaurant has a basic lectin-free option, they just don’t realize it’s lectin-free! Instead of asking your server, “what do you have that’s lectin-free?” Ask for something specific like salmon! This also becomes easier if you have a list of basic items you are able to eat available. Know what veggies you can have at the top of your head so you’re able to ask quickly.
Lectin-free eating out is manageable as long as you come prepared! But if you need a quick snack to get through the day without eating out, try one of these MariGold Bars!