Thursday, January 27, 2011

Dilemma

We have been casein free (no dairy) since just after Christmas. It has been working pretty well, once everyone made it though the "I want to gnaw off my own hand" craving stage. We have diligently removed all the milk products. This has been somewhat of a challenge as milk is in a LOT of bread, besides all the obvious culprits of cheese, sour cream, and butter. Now this has worked out, the kids are doing better and Marc too, but then today we, he and I, have been faced with a dilemma.

We want to go out on a date tomorrow night. You wouldn't think that that in and of itself would be an issue. It is the typical date fare consisting of dinner and a movie. The movie isn't to much of an issue but dinner has been presenting some ... how shall we say it? ... Challenges. How the heck are you supposed to go out and not eat dairy?!? 

It is in everything! We have been looking up different establishments and looking at the pictures on the menus and just sigh .... We can eat meat and veggies, but so much is cooked in butter, seasoned with butter or smothered in cheese. How the heck are we supposed to eat out on a date and not eat stuff we have cut out?

We considered cheating and just eating the one meal but that puts us back at the whole hand gnawing phase, so what to do? I want to go out but we just aren't sure we are up to the temptations. Or I should say that I don't think I am up to the temptation. So how does one have a date without all the date trappings? Especially when what you really want is to go out with all the date trappings.

7 comments:

Heavenly said...

Look up Vegan restaurants in our area. No dairy.

Brenna Stanfield said...

Not particularly romantic...but Wendy's is pretty dairy free :) good luck!!! Oh, and if you google dairy free resturants (or something along those lines) a website will pop up that goes thru alot of popular resturants item by item for their dairy content. take care :) b.

Wendy said...

Just ask them not to cook in butter and not to smother it in cheese, you are paying them for the food so they can cook it the way you want. And if something is wrong don't be afraid to send it back!! If you ask nicely and stay polite they will do what you want :)

Cheryl said...

You could ask for an allergy menu for dairy. Red Robin is good about having the info you need. It is hard to eat out when you have limitations!

Jenn said...

I think it just comes down to ( like verything else!) choice! You chose to cut this thing out of your lives for the better, and now in order to keep up with that choice the consequence is doing things a little differently then you normally would. Perhaps it might just be easier to make your own food and find a nice, quite place where you can have an "Indoor picnic" ( winter brrrr!) and eat food that is on your approved list. There by removing the temptation completely but still enjoying the quality time that dinner and a date brings. :)

Good luck!!

AJ said...

I've faced the same with gluten-free. The safest way I've found is a good salad bar with lots of fresh fruits and veggies. Then I don't eat anything that has been prepared or processed in any way. If you're in doubt about the salad dressing you could take some of your own or ask if they have balsamic vinegar. It's kind of a hard mind switch from eating what we used to eat to eating the way we need to eat. Hang in there and good luck.

Krista said...

Ditto to what's been said - look for salads and (I think) grilled things; they're more likely to be drenched in juice/marinade than butter.

Salads and soups are good; if you have a "Souper Salad" restaurant near you, that's an awesome place! Vegan veggie soup is practically dessert! :)