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Catered lunches are killing me

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 06, 2013 at 11:26 PM

I'm in a new job that involves a lot of all-day meetings with catered lunches. I'm new to the role and it's a corporate environment so I'm trying to 'fit in'. But I am really sensitive to, well, everything, but especially garlic & onion, and it seems like I end up doubled over with gas pain after every one of these lunches. I try to be so careful but I suspect the buffet standards like chicken and salmon are usually seasoned with garlic. And then I'm sitting in meetings the rest of the afternoon, so the gas just doesn't pass. I have not passed any gas in the last 8 hours since I ate lunch and I am not having fun.

I chew fennel seeds after I eat (keep in my purse, don't seem to do a thing) and drink peppermint tea. I never noticed much of a difference Beano but thinking I should just buy it again and take it anyway. Is there any brand of digestive enzyme that really helps with FODMAPS? It's one thing to avoid eating them when I'm cooking for myself, but I don't how to avoid these corporate lunches and they are killing me, man.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on June 07, 2013
at 03:48 AM

I still don't see the big deal. Just say you have allergies or are on a diet. Could you even eat in your office before/after the actual lunch outing so you wouldn't even have to discuss your lunch at all?

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on June 07, 2013
at 12:57 AM

It's not like an "allowed" thing. It's like going to a restaurant and bringing your food. No one else is doing it. These are very nicely catered events - linens, etc.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on June 07, 2013
at 12:56 AM

Well, the lunches are not in my office. So it would mean packing stuff - and I generally eat a hot lunch - meat and cooked veg - since everything gives me gas, salads, eggs etc. I guess I could just eat my hot lunch cold. It's more the social awkwarness of me pulling out my tupperware at a table of male lawyers 20 years my senior. I'm already self-conscious and anxious as it is.

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on June 07, 2013
at 12:52 AM

i never eat the catered lunch and no one bats an eyelash.

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on June 07, 2013
at 03:32 AM

Pack bacon in a ziplock baggie. Eat a +50gm Protein + LOTS of quality fat so that you are not hungry. (I routinely go 12 hours w/out food.) Explain that you have "food allergies, like 70% of the US population". Hang out, drink water, eat your bacon...let them look at you like you have 3 heads.

It's OK. They'll (eventually) understand.

Marie

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on June 07, 2013
at 05:57 AM

When I was at the university I also brought my Tupperware as well as some snacks where most of my mates would just have the restaurant menu. You'll become the weird one no doubt about it but that does not necessarily mean it has to be bad, if you feel ok and are proud of yourself and show it to others they will eventually come to understand, if fact they might even come to value you more. If they were to know that you're feeling bad on that food and still taking it because you want to fit in, I think it's probable that they'd even come to see this with worse eyes. People respects and rely more on other people that has strong resolution and put themselves in the first place, not the ones that sacrifice themselves for the sake of others... seems counter-intuitive but that's what I have come to find out... so whatever you find is better for you, go that route.

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on June 07, 2013
at 03:35 AM

No digestive enzyme that I know of. I have the same issue!

Just bring your lunch and relax.

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on June 07, 2013
at 01:54 AM

I have a problem with FODMAPs too but I seem to do okay with garlic and onions. Fructose is my major gas-trigger. I find drinking or eating fermented foods around the time I eat something high in fructose helps a lot. I like drinking water kefir or kombucha. Maybe try a probiotic supplement? I think having bacteria that break that stuff down around, even in the upper digestive track does something. Maybe it's worth a shot? I also take NOW super enzymes when I eat anything I'm unsure about and it seems to help.

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on June 07, 2013
at 12:43 AM

Arent you allowed to bring your own lunch? I assume you're a grown woman. Why subject yourself to gut troubles when you can easily avoid it?

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on June 07, 2013
at 12:57 AM

It's not like an "allowed" thing. It's like going to a restaurant and bringing your food. No one else is doing it. These are very nicely catered events - linens, etc.

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on June 07, 2013
at 12:52 AM

i never eat the catered lunch and no one bats an eyelash.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on June 07, 2013
at 12:56 AM

Well, the lunches are not in my office. So it would mean packing stuff - and I generally eat a hot lunch - meat and cooked veg - since everything gives me gas, salads, eggs etc. I guess I could just eat my hot lunch cold. It's more the social awkwarness of me pulling out my tupperware at a table of male lawyers 20 years my senior. I'm already self-conscious and anxious as it is.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on June 07, 2013
at 03:48 AM

I still don't see the big deal. Just say you have allergies or are on a diet. Could you even eat in your office before/after the actual lunch outing so you wouldn't even have to discuss your lunch at all?

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