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First of all let me say that I did not eat out for a whole year when I first started having symptoms. That was 6 years ago and now have pretty much learned how to live with ibs. I have family and during good spells we venture out to dinner and they always leave the"where" up to me. They always ask "can you find something to eat there?" Does this sound familiar to any of you? I was wondering where any of you went and what you ordered. I would be willing to bet that we all eat at the closest restaurants to our homes!!! That's usually what I do.
 

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Denny's (or other American restaurant chains): grilled salmon meal, or grilled chicken meal, senior/child size if I can get it (I'm 31).Mexican chains: chicken fajitas... no beans or cheeseJapanese restaurants: kappa maki or california rolls or "cascade rolls" (spinach, avocado, cucumber), teriyaki chicken or salmon, miso soup. Japanese is one of the easiest "out" foods for me.Chinese/other Asian: rice or noodles, chicken or shrimp, grilled. Sometimes it's hard to get stuff that's not soaked in MSG. Everywhere: I always avoid dairy, sulfites, beef, pork, and anything I haven't tested on my own yet. I always eat very little, compared to at home, and take the bulk of it home with me. Today we went to Izzy's Pizza for lunch and I got the salad bar.------------------JennT
 
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Ha Ha Skinnyme!I know that feeling... I don't know about your lifestyle and environment but I work ectic hours (in the film industry) and eventhough I am trying the best I can to cook in advance and bring my lunch to work, there are times where either I just don't feel like cooking or just can't. And besides, it's always good to go out and share a meal with friends...I don't know where you live, but in Montreal, we now live in a "great era" where you can either eat real healthy food for a few bucks or even have a fancy (healthy) meal delivered to your door ( this is a cie that takes orders from dozen of good restaurants and deliver it to customers).
 
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I don't go out often, but I always let my hubby or whoever were going with pick and then I get something small off the appetizer section, or soup and a small salad. Then they can get what they want and most places have soup, salad, and maybe some kind of bread.------------------debbie g
 
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Oddly enough I don't seem to have too much trouble ordering stuff at restaurants. Usually I'll get a chicken caesar salad with no dressing or dressing on the side, or they have these chicken rice bowls here..just rice in a bowl with steamed veggies and grilled chicken. Note: Whenever I get a salad or something that comes with a sauce I always get the sauce on the side. That way I can taste it first and control how much I put on my food. I find that sauces usually are the part of the meal that gives me trouble when I eat out. It also reduces the amt. of fat and calories you consume!At a place like Taco Bell I just get the plain bean burrito or a chicken soft taco. No extra hot sauces.If I go to Wendy's I order the grilled chicken salad or garden salad. Ocassionally I will get a chicken pita or grilled chicken sandwich but that's infrequent. I NEVER go to: Arby's, McD's, Burger King, KFC, etc. Never. Never. NEVER. Food from these chains sends me running to the bowl. Just keep it simple..get pastas, salads and steamed veggies. THose are the most healthy options anyway. As a rule, if something tastes too spicy or tangy, it usually will have an effect on your bowels so play it safe and order things mild and get sauces on the side. Good luck!
 

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Chinese - if we order in, I can eat anything (especially love General's chicken and sesame chicken). BUT the couple of times we've eaten out at a Chinese place, I've gotten D from it. Must be more relaxed at home knowing that the porcelein god is only steps away.Haven't eaten Mickey D's or Toxic Hell in ages.When we went to se Aida last winter, we ate at one of these really trendy places in the Loop. Tons of unusual food that I would have loved to try, but ended up with grilled chicken and mashed taters. Oh well, dress me up, but you can't take me out
I stay away from red meat in general, but especially in restaurants. What I wouldn't give for a greasy cheeseburger from a diner. I find that eating breakfast out is the safest meal for me to have in a restaurant.
 

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I live on grilled chicken.I don't bother with Italian food. Between the cream sauces, tomato sauces, and cheese, I end up eating breadsticks.I can eat a grilled steak or fish, but stay away from hamburgers. No salads at all, a big trigger for me.AZ
 

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Ironically, I just got in from eating out....I live off grilled chicken and fish. For some reason I can have a Monte Cristo at Moxie's, it doesn't bother me there but elsewhere it will. No salads for me either. I get iced tea for a drink
 

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Oh, and on those rare occasions that I have to eat in a fast food place, I usually get a child-sized chicken nugget/strip meal and bbq sauce and water. This has happened once I think, since we were on a road trip and ran out of car food. I did okay, probably because we didn't stop for food until I knew we were going to be in a populated area for a while. When it's blood sugar or bowels, I have to take blood sugar, at least if there are bathrooms nearby!------------------JennT
 
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