So you’ve just been invited to your friend’s birthday dinner at an amazing restaurant. For most people, this sounds fantastic, but if you’re FODMAP intolerant, this may sound like a nightmare. Even just thinking about it is stressful – feeling awkward ordering a “special meal”, unable to partake in the shared dishes, or accidentally consuming FODMAPs purely because the restaurant has no idea what the heck they are. This could result in an emergency bathroom disaster, tossing and turning in bed all night, and just feeling like sh*t the next day.
I get it, I’ve been there. But one thing I’ve learned is that these dinners are rarely as bad as I build them up to be and stressing about them only makes it worse (literally, stress is a big contributing factor to IBS).
Here are a few tips to make dining out a more enjoyable experience. I hope they help!