The Risks of Going Out to Eat

As summer vacation is coming to a close, I am spending more and more time with my family before I have to go back to school. Since my dad works every day during the summer, I don’t get to see him as often as I would like. Every Wednesday, he and his friends eat lunch at a Chinese Buffet, and today my brother and I decided to join him.

Yes, I would love to try everything available at the buffet, including the pizza, but with so many fried foods and contaminants in the restaurant I am forced to choose from only a few options. Eating at a place like this comes with a great risk. It is also extremely difficult trying to explain to the staff what wheat actually is (we were told several time after asking that yes the sushi has seaweed in it).

After several trips to this particular restaurant I have learned what I can eat through the process of trial and error. If it looked gluten free, I would eat it. If I felt sick afterward I was able to decide what might have been made with gluten. After familiarizing myself with these foods, I settled on a few. I chose to eat plain salmon, crab meat topped with cheese, most everything on the salad bar (excluding croutons), and a type of crab coleslaw. To finish off my meal, I tried a delicious bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream. The crab topped with cheese can be seen below:

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My experience there today was a success! While it is frustrating to not be able to eat sushi or any of the fried foods, it is nice to be able to experience a meal that was not made at home.

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There is a lot going on in my mind.

While I would like to make this blog about my senior year in high school, I’d also like to share about my life without gluten. It is getting easier and easier to deal with this life altering disease, but their are also many challenges I have to face. Eating at restaurants is frustrating, special arrangements have to be made on trips just to meet my needs, and I’m always craving what I can’t have.

What I want right this moment: A Chick-fil-a chicken biscuit.

As my senior year is approaching quickly, seven days away to be exact, I’m getting super stressed out about school. I have SEVEN days to finish my summer work. Of the five college level classes I am taking this year, I was lucky enough to only have work for two of them. With history not being my strong suit, I was not thrilled to hear about the 15 page worksheet due on the first day of class.

Aside from school activities, I very much enjoy a few programs on TV. Although none of it is truly educational and it is probably rotting my brain, it is a great escape from the daily stresses of life. That being said, here is my weekly television schedule.

Monday: Teen Wolf at 10 PM
Tuesday: Dance Moms at 9 PM
Wednesday: The Soup at 10 PM
Thursday: Ridiculousness at 10 PM

As of right now, my favorite show in the world, Psych, is in between seasons. Nevertheless, I’m quite sure this show will appear in many posts in the future.

To finish off my first post, I’d like to share a few facts about myself:

1. I’m left handed
2. I play tennis
3. My favorite color is green
4. I started eating gluten free on July 4, 2011 at Disney World
5. I have two dogs named Maggie and Bella

~Katie