Hiya peeps. I can’t believe it’s almost April! Sheesh, March went by in a flash. This month was filled with travel, birthday’s, friends and family events. These weekend activities required me bringing a very special supplement to make dining out a little less stressful.
Even when I’m not traveling, I reserve the weekends for going out and enjoying myself. During the week I cook all of my own food. The weekends are usually spent in restaurants.
I’ve been slowly letting go of living a SUPER restricted lifestyle now that my health is stable. And by letting go, I mean allowing myself to dine out, be social and occasionally indulge in a margarita with salt. After all, life is to be enjoyed.
I still avoid any food restrictions and often choose restaurants that are allergen friendly or have easily modifiable dishes. I make sure to give the server all of my food sensitivities and consult them on the best meal options.
Even with the restaurants best intentions, allergens can end up on your plate.
I don’t want to live my life in a complete bubble so instead…
Drum roll, please!
I always keep a bottle of Similase Gluten and Casein Digestive Enzymes in my bag. This supplement contains enzymes that specifically break down gluten and casein. When I dine out, I take 1-2 capsules 10 minutes before each meal to prevent adverse reactions from accidental allergens or cross-contamination.
Dr. Amy Myers explains:
“Digestive enzymes help speed up the breakdown and absorption of macronutrients. Be sure to take an enzyme that includes dipeptidyl peptidase (DPP-IV), which helps break down gluten specifically” (source).
I am by no means a doctor. I’m just a gal with food sensitivities sharing any resources I come across in the natural health world.
From my experience, these enzyme supplements don’t remove the reaction completely but lessen the intensity and duration of the reaction significantly.
A few months ago, I was at a wedding and the food looked questionable. I asked if there was gluten in the food and was told no. I took a few enzymes as a precaution. Within seconds of my first bite, I noticed the reaction immediately. The brain fog took over and I felt as if I were a little drunk. I was “glutened.” Since I took the enzymes before-hand, the reaction passed way quicker. I felt better within a few hours versus a few days.
Let me be clear, this is NOT an excuse to start indulging in gluten and dairy if you have sensitivities. If you are Celiac, you should refrain from eating gluten at all costs.
Use this as your backup plan just in case something ends up in your food to help ease the reaction. There is always a bottle in my bag so I never forget to bring them out.
If you feel sick when you eat out and want to uncover your hidden sensitivities check out this post: 4 Necessary Ways to Heal Your Gut.
Have you used these supplements before? What is your experience?