1. You will need to ask questions about HOW some of the foods were prepared. What thickening and breading agent was used — corn starch or wheat? Are any spices, sugars, or food additives added that you should avoid?
2. Choose a restaurant with a large variety of foods so you will have many choices. Call before going, and ask about the food and preparation methods.
3. You may need to bring your own salad dressing, crackers or bread.
4. Fast food restaurants need to be chosen carefully to avoid hidden additives and hidden sources of ingredients as well. It is difficult to get them to reveal a list of ingredients for the prepared dishes you choose.
5. Cafeterias may be a solution to eating out, but they may use sulfating agents, sugar, and MSG on the foods to improve taste.
6. A la carte eating can give flexibility in choosing the items of food to eat.
7. Select meats, fish, and poultry cooked simply, accompanied by steamed vegetables to be safe. A salad bar allows you to select the foods you can eat. Ask about sulfating agents.
8. When going out to a cocktail or a dinner party, contact your host and ask what’s being served. You may need to bring some munchies of your own. This is especially important for children’s birthday parties. Make a small cake or suitable treat with a candle in it for your child to bring along.
Eric R. Braverman, M.D.
Dr. Braverman is a Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brandeis University and NYU Medical School, did brain research at Harvard Medical School, and trained at an affiliate of Yale Medical School. He is acknowledged worldwide as an expert in brain-based diagnosis and treatment, and he lectures to and trains doctors in anti-aging medicine.