How You Can Help Make Your Workplace Gluten-Free Friendly
By: Suzanne Wolke – Udi’s Social Media Manager
If you have Celiac Disease or a severe gluten intolerance your home kitchen is probably already completely gluten free or any possible cross-contamination is prevented.
But what about when you head to work? Most likely, not everyone in your office or workplace is gluten free and the communal fridge, microwave, and toaster are a high risk areas for cross contamination.
Here are 5 tips to help you enjoy your weekly meals worry-free:
- First and foremost, let your office management and co-workers know about your dietary needs. This will ensure that they can make proper accommodations for team meetings and other meal related situations
- Have dedicated gluten free food storage and prep. Ask you office to provide a dedicated gluten-free toaster oven. Clearly label it “Gluten-Free” and educate your coworkers that only gluten free items are allowed. You may also want to ask for a mini-fridge to keep your food separate from all the gluten filled items.
- Can’t get your office to get you a dedicated toaster? Try using toaster bags to avoid cross contamination. You can read more about them on Gluten Free Explorer’s blog here.
- Bring your own snacks, lunch, drinks, etc. This way you’ll never be without a safe option to eat. Even if there’s a company lunch meeting, you’ll be able to have some gluten-free options at the office if you don’t trust the restaurant. Dedicate a drawer to these non-perishable snacks, this way you can build up your own “mock gluten-free pantry” at work.
- If there is a business lunch approaching, see if you can help pick the restaurant. Call in ahead of time and inquire of their gluten free options and make sure to ask how everything is prepared. This way once the lunch meeting starts, your food will be the last thing you have to worry about.
Do you have any other advice to make your work day a gluten free breeze?