Last August, I started becoming sick much more frequently than I should have. I had to miss class constantly, go to countless doctors and get many tests done to try to figure out what was wrong with me.
Long story short (and if you want to read the long story you can here) they never actually figured it out. So, as a last resort, I went to a nutritionist who helped me revamp my diet to see if that could have something to do with why I was becoming sick. While I had been tested for allergies and it had all come back negative, my nutritionist told me that certain foods are not good for us to begin with, and my body could still be rejecting them.
Now, I have stopped eating dairy, gluten, corn or soy completely, and I can’t tell you enough how much it has helped me. I have stopped getting sick every other week, and I feel a million times better. However, having dietary restrictions is not easy, especially if you are at somewhere like Disneyland. I have a lot of empathy for people who choose to or cannot eat certain things, so I plan to continually post about this topic with my suggestions.
1. Disney dining is super accommodating
The first piece of good news is Disneyland is probably the most accommodating place in the world! Here is where you can read their information about food allergies, and almost any Disney restaurant will probably have an option for you! No matter what restaurant you go to, ask if they have an allergy friendly menu, and chances are they will.
2. Go to Bengal Barbecue
Bengal Barbecue is located by Indiana Jones and their selection of food includes meat and vegetable skewers making it perfect for anyone who is gluten-free. Also, they have an allergy-friendly menu available if you ask.
3. Grab a turkey leg!
Located throughout Disneyland park, these turkey legs are big enough to make a meal for more than one person, and they are entirely gluten free!
4. Cafe Orleans might be your new favorite
This restaurant has lots of soups and entrees that do not contain gluten. While you might not be able to enjoy their famous Monte Cristo sandwich, there are plenty of other fantastic options. They also have an allergy-friendly menu upon request.
5. Bring your own lunch
Not only will this save you money, but it is one more meal you won’t have to worry about trying to find somewhere to eat at. Disney lets you bring food into the parks, so you should take advantage of that opportunity!
4. Go to a nicer sit-down restaurant
Oftentimes these are the restaurants with more options available for those with dietary restrictions.
5. Wine Country Trattoria*
I say this with caution because I don’t know for sure, but I have heard that this place means gluten-free pasta lovers can enjoy a hearty Italian meal without getting sick. Ask for their allergy-friendly menu to look at next time you are there.
6. Craving Mexican food? Try Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante
Their menu has plenty of things that do not involve tortillas, and they have an allergy-friendly menu upon request.
7. Try Asian cuisine at the Lucky Fortune Cookery
Asian food has been kind of my go to since I have cut out all those foods from my diet. With coconut curry and rice, this should be a great place to eat at! It is located in the Pacific Wharf in California Adventure, and has an allergy-friendly menu as well.
Don’t despair if there are things you can’t eat. You can still have an amazing dining experience during your Disneyland trip despite any allergies or dietary restrictions!