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   Posted 3/14/2010 1:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Sunday is our day to offer tips and helpful ideas to others who live with the challenges that we do too. So today let's share ideas on going out with friends and family, like going out to dinner or a movie. What tips and ideas can you share about making the trip easier for you and for the rest of us?

I try to make sure we're going at a time when life isn't overwhelming. I plan ahead and know that we'll be going so I can maybe rest up a bit earlier in the day. I also want to know where we're going in advance so I don't have to worry about waiting for an hour to get a table at a popular restaurant. We don't go out often and mostly go to a favorite place we love but I certainly don't want to get out to a fun supper and be miserable by the time we just sit down.

What ideas can you share?
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   Posted 3/14/2010 2:17 AM (GMT -6)   
We don't go anywhere very often anymore, but if we're going out to eat, because of my wheelchair and my entire family's need for a safe, gluten-free meal, we try to go to a place that:

1. we're familiar with
2. is handicapped accessible
3. has gluten-free menus

Plus we go early (4:45 - 5pm) when it's practically empty, so that we can get an appropriate seating arrangement for the wheelchair.....that way, if the kids end up being noisy, very few other people will be annoyed because there's practically no one there.

Chutz is right, planning in advance is the key.

We took a trip to Oregon in our car last August (from Southern CA). We had to eat out at restaurants a lot, even though I packed tons of gluten free food to take along. It was extremely challenging; I really had to plan in advance. I called restaurants along our route and spoke to the managers. Generally they were very helpful if I just explained our issues and asked if they would be able to accommodate us for dinner or for breakfast.
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   Posted 3/14/2010 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I always eat a little something before I go out to eat so I'm not ravenous by the time I sit down to order. I also like to give plenty of time to get to where we are going so we are not in a rush. It's no fun if you can't make it a relaxing experience. If not, then why go out in the first place??

I also follow weight watchers, so I like to know where we are going so I can look up the foods on the menus beforehand in my bood and make selections --smart choices--before I go.

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