Talk to me About Dining With Food Issues - Low FODMAP

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Talk to me About Dining With Food Issues - Low FODMAP

Talk to me about dining with food allergies and special diets. My husband has recently been put on a Low FODMAP diet by his doctor, which means pretty much has to completely change his eating habits. Most of his favorite foods are now taboo, and the gigantic list of "no-nos" is particularly finicky.

Has anyone here traveled with someone who has this diet? Do you have have any tips for me? If you don't have this specific diet, but do have experience with another problem I would like to hear from you as well. Have you ever had any problems at Disney? I know that everyone says it's the best place in the world for dealing with food allergies and the like, but I have very limited experience.

Tell me what you know!

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Kristen, it just so happens I'm an R.D. although my practice has been primarily in dialysis & nephrology for the past 20 yrs. I hate to say it but this is probably going to be a fairly difficult diet to follow depending on your hubby's level of compliance. I suspect his Dr. told him to follow a FODMAP diet and maybe gave him a list of foods to avoid. I recommend you find a Registered Dietitian (not a nutritionist) that has experience with this type of diet, otherwise you'll be flying blind and guessing a lot. You may have to get a diet Rx from your Dr. & be referred to an R.D. This is the kind of diet that you have to commit to 100% or it doesn't do much good. I hope he does well, be patient with him.

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wdwizbest wrote:
This is the kind of diet that you have to commit to 100% or it doesn't do much good. I hope he does well, be patient with him.

I almost hate to say it, but the diet is really working for him. While I am thrilled that he's feeling better, it's difficult because I have to find all new recipes and ways to cook. I'm trying to be patient and get with the learning curve. Like it or not the whole family will be changing their diets, because I'm not down for making two meals every night.

I've been going through the menus at the Disney restaurants we want to eat at and trying to find things that will be tasty but fairly safe for him. We know that we can talk to the Chef and he'll create a special meal, but the list of can'ts is so huge. If we can tell them "make this, but without onions and garlic" it will be easier than giving the chef a list of the things he can't have. We're trying to reintroduce small things to pinpoint the biggest triggers right now. Hopefully by our trip we'll have a better idea of what he can and can't tolerate.

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Disney IS great with food allergies (we've experienced it twice with Liv's allergies). Boma is AMAZING - the chef came out to the table, spoke directly to Olivia, walked her through the buffet, and came out to check on her several times. (Our worst experience was at Ohana. Never going back there when food allergies are involved). Be Our Guest is also great.

[I'll have a better report after our next trip - two kids with food allergies, including one who is also gluten free.]

Honestly, for the most part the table service restaurants do a great job - the chef will come to your table and discuss what is off limits and they will make special dishes for guests. The quick service spots are a bit more complicated but a manager will come out and speak to you and you can ask to see the allergen binder. Even the kiosks should have allergy binders.

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Traci C wrote:

[I'll have a better report after our next trip - two kids with food allergies, including one who is also gluten free.]

Honestly, for the most part the table service restaurants do a great job - the chef will come to your table and discuss what is off limits and they will make special dishes for guests. The quick service spots are a bit more complicated but a manager will come out and speak to you and you can ask to see the allergen binder. Even the kiosks should have allergy binders.

Awesome! We're staying at AKL so BOMA and Jiko are on our to eat at list for the trip. Gluten is one of the things that Geordon can't eat anymore so I'll be interested in hearing more about your experience with that. Garlic & Onions are also on his list of no-nos, and I feel like the Chefs are going to be all "No flavor, got it." *sigh*

Ask for the allergen binder - got it! awesome

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