Eating out with PKU
Going out for food can be another struggle with PKU – trying to manage your exchanges but also suit the needs of others you are with and ultimately what food you desire. However, it can be made a lot easier with a few simple steps and hopefully this article will guide you to show you how.
Over the years I have been lucky to eat out at a range of places all over the world. When I was younger the choices were very limited (usually salad and chips) and often I would just have to bring my own e.g., pasta – and this takes the fun out of eating out! However, with the increasing understanding of different dietary requirements and veganism the variety has MASSIVELY changed over the years. I can now go to certain restaurants and NOT have to take any food with me and still have a nice meal. Yes, it still requires planning and is not always easy, but I am grateful for how much it has changed for the better.
MY FAVOURITE RESTAURANTS:
- The Alchemist (GF fajitas are amazing!)
- Pizza Express (GF options are low in protein)
- Revs de Cuba (avocado brunch & salad bowls)
- Las Iguanas (Fajitas & salad bowls)
- Tapas places (they are usually really accommodating too)
- Banyan (salad bowls)
- Carvery’s (veg carvery’s)
- Buffets (pick your own foods! – these are great abroad)
MY TOP TIPS:
- PLAN AHEAD: if you know you are going out for dinner then save some exchanges during the day so you can use them on different foods when you are out.
- RING AHEAD: get in contact with the restaurant beforehand to see if they can accommodate, maybe modifying the menu or certain dishes etc – usually they are great!
- FOCUS ON PLANT-BASED/GF/VEGGIE OPTIONS: choosing restaurants with a wide variety of plant-based, gluten free and veggie options can be great to keep exchanges down but still have a tasty meal (Spanish/Mexicans are great for this!)
- TRY NOT TO WORRY: at the end of the day most places will try their best to be accommodating and usually if you explain they will be very understanding. Also, a few exchanges over won’t harm you for one day, so just try your best follow these tips & ultimately ENJOY going out!
I hope this helps you next time you are going out with your friends and family, making it a more enjoyable and stress-free time!
By Annie Skidmore