Eating out with the Endo diet

no eats copySo tonight my beau and I went out for dinner & date night.  For any of you with Endometriosis who have decided to try the “Endo Diet“, you understand how difficult this feat could be.

W tried a new place : Peri Peri, a small restaurant that specializes in South African food.  It was our first time there and I was eager to try new food.  Their online menu boasted of gluten free recipes, which made my stomach growl! After glancing at the menu, and skimming passed their beef dishes, I called the waitress over to ask if they had any gluten free breads (there were a couple of “non-beef burgers” I had my eye on).  Alas, no gluten free breads.  The typical response, “But, you can order it without the bread!”  No, thank you.  I then asked what the soup of the day was.  “Unfortunately, it’s bean and barley, so it’s bad for you since it has gluten.”  Props to our waitress for knowing that and pointing it out, though. 🙂  I still enjoyed a lovely meal of these apricot chicken skewers.

The dreaded dessert menu came around. Ice cream, ice cream, and more ice cream.  And then…magic…coconut panna cotta. Panna whatta? Our wonderful waitress came up to explain it was a coconut milk based dish with a mango sauce.  It was AMAZING.  No dairy.  No gluten.  And it was incredible.  Sort of like a creme brulee meets flan, but with an amazing coconut/vanilla/mango flavor.

The things I miss ordering at restaurants since I’ve changed diets: cheese, beef, pasta, pizza, ice cream, pie…the list goes on and on and on.

It does make “going out” a bit of a challenge.  I stick to the diet as much as I can. There are times I’ll have regular bread on a sandwich or turkey burger, but not often. I’ve learned to look for sorbets versus ice creams.  And almost always drink water at restaurants now, as opposed to cocktails or sodas. It has taken some time to get used to, but it is well worth it…And I’ve learned that there are some incredible dishes out there, and recipes, that follow the new diet to a T. Delicious.

What’s been your favorite dining out experience since you learned of your Endo? Have you found any amazing “alternatives” to your favorite, well-missed foods?

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