Going gluten-free - whether for medical reasons or a change in lifestyle - is a pretty overwhelming decision. Especially if you don't like feeling like the oddball when eating out with friends or colleagues.

Fortunately, most societies are catching up with this diet and have made several adjustments, so you don't have to feel like a picky eater. Here are a few ideas on where to find gluten-free food in your city.

1. Supermarkets - some of the stores with the best marketing strategies have special shelves or whole sections dedicated to gluten-free products. And even though certain whole foods like fish count as gluten-free, these supermarkets take the extra time to include signs that specifically indicate products that have been underprocessed to preserve their gluten-free nature.

2. Join a Club - just as book clubs are made of like-minded readers, so should the gluten-free club you join to be. Find a network of gluten-free individuals in your city whose tastes run similar to yours, and recommend foods to one another.

The benefits of being in a club are two-fold. First, businesses are always springing up in pockets of the city, so even if you don't learn about new gluten-free stores, one of your club members might have. Second, you'll get to share new cooking recipes with one another, as opposed to making your diet routine and boring.

You know how it's always better to have a reference for a meal, your club can be that for you. A gluten-free diet really doesn't have to be boring, tiring, or solitary. Having a support group can give you a safe haven - where you feel comfortable discussing your food concerns without worrying about judgment from those who don't understand.

3. Make Gluten-free friends - if joining what's essentially a food club seems too much of a hassle for you, perhaps you have a very busy schedule and can't attend meetings, try making new friends. It'll be even better if your new friend's part of a club, and you can benefit from the knowledge without really sacrificing your time.

If you have just the phone number or email of a person, you can use Spokeo - database heaven - for a reverse phone lookup. With the help of phone number search, you can find and learn their social media profiles, see if you have similar tastes and even take the initiative to invite them to gluten-free cafes.

Making new gluten-free friends using phone number lookup is one of the best ways stay updated on the recipe ends of things, especially if you live outside New York and Los Angeles - two of the most gluten-free friendly cities.

4. Gluten-free Restaurants - one of the benefits of society adapting to the gluten-free diet is that more and more restaurants serve gluten-free meals. But if you've ever gotten a weird vibe or look from the hostess when you ask for a gluten-free menu, perhaps try finding a suitable restaurant on EatApp, before you leave your home.

Because no matter how great your culinary skills are, at some point, you'll want to eat out.

EatApp was created for restaurants that want to use only the best restaurant marketing strategies for their place. It allows users to find restaurants that cater to their specific needs, like those serving gluten-free meals, make reservations online, and even shows the prices of the meals. Also, it gives the restaurateurs an opportunity to learn how to make the restaurant layout much better.

Basically, if you want to make dining out while on a restricted diet a breeze, check it out.

5. Order Online - ahh the internet of things! Even if your city's not accommodating to the gluten-free diet, chances are, you'll have restaurants and stores online that are willing to deliver gluten-free food and groceries to your zip code.

Everything from gluten-free pizza, cake, and even beer can be gotten online if you do your due diligence. Delivery giant, GrubHub, ensures meals get delivered on time - when they're still hot, so check them out, plus other similar sites. Because of the partnerships, they have with many restaurants, food delivery sites are probably your best bet of finding gluten-free meals without much hassle.

Conclusion

Regardless of why you make the decision to quit gluten, don't be afraid to tell your waiter/waitress you're gluten-free. Ask questions, because even if a restaurant isn't officially gluten-free, most chefs know what items are restricted, and can make a few modifications for you. Also, look for gluten-free friends online - they will help you to find products easily. Ordering online is also a good idea for your diet.

Hope, these ideas will be useful.

 

Published by Peter Garlow