We eat out on a fairly regular basis. It is more than I like to, but our lives have been pretty busy the past 6 months and we end up picking up carryout 1-2 nights/week. Unless we choose restaurants that are 100% gluten-free, there is always a chance of cross-contamination or gluten ingestion.
I have to admit that I think that we have been very fortunate, as it had been a long time since either Jon or I had gotten sick from gluten. Unfortunately, that streak has come to an end, for both of us, in the past 2 weeks. Jon’s case happened when he ate candied walnuts from McDonald’s, not knowing that they were dusted with wheat starch. There is no doubt that he should have double checked, because wheat starch is clearly listed on the ingredients. He is now aware that nuts aren’t always gluten-free.
My case was a little different. I got my normal burrito bowl from Chipotle. I had the person making my bowl change their gloves and everything. I ate the bowl and I was not feeling well within a matter of 30 minutes. By the time I was home, I was ready to spend some time in the bathroom = several hours. While I was sick, I was cursing myself for eating out. As I began to feel better, my tone changed a bit. For as often as we eat out, I have been really lucky. I know that eating out is risky and it is a risk I choose to take. Being sick is no fun and if it were to happen more often, I would definitely be re-evaluating my food choices.
I nursed myself back to health with Gatorade, Rice Chex, plain mashed potatoes and ham. I was super hungry, but knew that I had to choose carefully. No dairy, no fresh fruit or veggies and no fiber. Hopefully continuing to eat blandly over the next 12-24 hours will have me back at 100% in no time.
***I want to make it clear that I am not blaming Chipotle or McDonald’s for either of the incidents mentioned in this post. Jon clearly didn’t read the ingredients on the walnuts. Regardless of whether nuts should contain gluten, it wasn’t hidden, and he should have paid closer attention. We have all been there. With Chipotle, they serve gluten-containing flour tortillas and I am well aware of this. They take great care to change gloves & keep things separate, but accidents happen; we are all human. I frequent this same location weekly and have never had an issue before this.