One frequent question I get from low-histamine vegans is whether or not you can eat this way at restaurants. While it’s common for most vegans to primarily eat at home, depending on their location and schedule, eating out is something we all do, at least every once in a while.
So is it possible to get your food low-histamine AND cruelty-free?
The not-so-easy answer is…yes…and no.
I’ve found, as a vegan myself, that vegan-friendly options tend to exist primarily in urbanized areas. The closer you travel to major cities, the more likely you’ll find the word “vegan” on the menu OR stand-alone vegan restaurants (a highlight of any day). Unfortunately, the more rural you get, the less likely you are to find a something that is completely meat-free, dairy-free, and egg-free.
Which is why, when I know I’m going to the country, I always bring backups.
Taking all of this into consideration, if you are going vegan AND low-histamine at the same time, you may start to freak out a little when going to your favorite local restaurants for the first time since “the switch”. Plus, the waiter may think you are absolutely bonkers when you order the salad with no dressing, no tomatoes, no spinach, and no croutons.
“Sooooo….lettuce then? That will be $7.50.” Exactly.
And truly, finding vegan options for me is like a sport, as well as a learned skill.
For example, I know which mexican restaurants in my area have vegetarian options (easily made vegan) and are a snap to order from, and which mexican restaurants I should avoid at all costs because they can’t manage to bring me a bean burrito WITHOUT. CHEESE. I know where to order an Italian dinner without freaking out (too much) about the possibility of dairy in it, and how to get a vegan pizza on the fly. And, like most people, I also know all the restaurants that have let me down in the past, which I’ll never return to…because they are just jerks. Am I right?
This type of thing naturally takes time…and a little patience.
And so, if you’re trying to throw low-histamine into the mix, I’m going to tell you the honest truth: if you SERIOUSLY have histamine intolerance, complete with flair ups/rashes/crippled with a stomach-ache for days because you ate one. wrong. thing. then please remember that anytime you eat out, you are essentially playing with fire.
Yup, you’re leaving your fate up to your waiter, Anthony.
Or Sandra, whichever.
I mean YES, I think if you played your cards right, went to a flexible restaurant that you are familiar with, and ordered something simple, I’m sure you could manage to pull off low-histamine and vegan. However, please remember that you are always running the risk that there has been a cross-contamination, potentially throwing your system out of whack.
That being said, as a vegan, I know that I am always at a risk when eating at non-vegan restaurants. Unbeknownst to me, there could always be dairy or egg or something else in said dish that I’m unaware of (soilent green anyone?). BUT, I also remember that I need to live a little too, and that TRUST is part of the process. So I do my best and try to not sweat it (too much).
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