Posted 28 November 2012 - 07:05 AM
Posted 28 November 2012 - 11:52 AM
Close friends and some family members I am comfortable telling about my issues. But I find the best tactic is middle of the road: tell people just enough to let them know that if you told them any more they wouldn't want to hear it. In other words stop just short of grossing them out while making them feel glad you aren't going into detail. Once you hint at digestive problems most people really DON'T want more info.
When trying to pick a restaurant I do my best to steer toward Asian food--Japanese or Vietnamese where wheat is not king and the food is often not deep fried or cheesy. One way I cope with explaining that I can't eat fried or rich buttery food is that I tell people I am trying to lower my cholesterol as per my doc's recommendation. It happens to be true, and it is easier for people to grasp.
If I find myself faced with a menu of southern food I order grits, and specify not cheesy grits, or get some kind of shrimp served over rice. No way you can totally avoid butterfat at a down-home diner. Just remember you are doing yourself a favor no matter what diet you are on when you avoid fried chicken and waffles!
Posted 28 November 2012 - 12:39 PM
Just print it off for them:
When at a restaurant try salads or order things baked as opposed to fried... if you can. If the everything on the menu is fried... that would be an ideal time to use one of your bars and just order some tea.
Posted 11 December 2012 - 11:51 PM