Traveling with Fructose Malabsorption: Las Vegas Day 5

The last day of our vacation.  As I said in my initial post, I did not do very well following the rules.  I could feel myself becoming more fatigued each day, but at least no stomach issues.

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We went to lunch at The Society Cafe at the Encore.  I chose this one because it had Society Cafe2__No Sugarless Gumallergy menus available.  It was a really cute place, too!  It was decorated in black and white with pink accents in a Frenchy decor.
I ordered a burger and fries which was good, but at this point I was getting sick of red meat.

I was really looking forward to our dinner this night, but unfortunately it turned into kind of a mess.  We were going to Tender at the Luxor and there was a dish on the menu that was a wild game tasting from the Broken Arrow Ranch, which was featured on the first Bizarre Foods show I ever edited.  I thought it would be so cool to get to try food from a place I had a special connection with.

I had called ahead to talk to someone about my “special needs” and they said just to talk to someone when I got there and that they didn’t marinate their meats or anything.  I even brought my list of foods I could eat along!  So I talked to the waiter about it and showed him the list and he looks at it and then says “wow, that’s a long list.”  Um…what?  There are like, fifteen things on there that I can eat!  But then I realized: he thinks those are my allergies.  Because how is it possible that someone could eat so few foods, right?  My husband and I both tried to explain: “what I CAN eat.  CAN!  AM ABLE TO EAT!!!!”  But he just couldn’t grasp it (“can’t with a ‘T? Cannot eat?”)  We actually had two waiters, so the other came over and seemed to understand and I thought I was in good hands.  I said if it’s not on the list, I can’t have it.  Can’t with a ‘T.’

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I was supposed to get three different meats, but it turned out one of them was marinated after all, so I got an extra piece of venison in its place.  But look at the rest of this dish: pearl onions by the venison; up in the left square is some kind of fig chutney; and then under the other meat (I can’t remember if that’s the antelope or wild boar) is something the waiter told me is “just a grain, don’t worry.”  That’s not on the list, guy.

So I just ate the meats, and the venison really needed the sauce that I couldn’t have.  At least the antelope/boar was OK.  But that was overall a pretty frustrating experience.  And one of the waiters stole my list!!!

Traveling with Fructose Malabsorption: Las Vegas Day 4

Hot Dog and Fries__No Sugarless Gum

If this picture doesn’t scream “classy” then I don’t know what does.  This was the lunch we settled on because we didn’t plan anything for this day.  We wandered around quite a bit and this was the best we could do.  I’ll never complain about eating McDonald’s french fries, though.  The hot dog was from Nathan’s World Famous Hot Dogs, and it was quite good, but I’m pretty sure I got fructosed from it.

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My husband and I always have at least one night on vacation when we order room service.  No matter what it’s my favorite meal because I get to be ultra lazy.  We stayed at the Cosmopolitan, and their in-room dining menu was only so so.  (Last year we stayed at the Vdara and theirs was pretty impressive–they even had gluten-free options!)  I ordered their Free Range Brick Half Chicken, and it was great: very tender and flavorful even while meeting my Fructose-Malabsorption diet standards.  The fries were pretty stellar too.

Traveling with Fructose Malabsorption: Las Vegas Day 3

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I only have one picture for today and it’s really crappy, so here’s one of the view from our hotel room!

I did something risky today: after coming off a high from a sale at Zara in the Fashion Show Mall, I went to Wendy’s and ordered some fries and chicken nuggets.  Now, the fries I’m pretty confident about being appropriate for my diet, but the nuggets were a gamble.  But I wanted them so bad!!!  I didn’t even get the 4-piece, I went right for 6.  As soon as I bit into the first one I KNEW there was onion powder in the breading (I looked it up, there isn’t), not to mention the wheat.  They were so good though!  I just love those nasty things.
And I’m glad to say nothing really happened.  Now I will probably eat them every day and become the fattest person in the world.

For dinner we went to a steak house that people there seem to hold in high regard.  It’s at the Circus Circus hotel.  That’s right, the hotel with the creepy clown on the sign with carpet that is probably covered in snot and pee from all the kids that are there.
But it was a classy joint!  It was super dark (that’s why my picture is so terrible) and it looked like a place you would go in the ’50s if you were in the mob or something.

The Steak House__No Sugarless Gum

I ordered a steak and potato, which is pretty fail-safe since usually only butter, salt, and pepper are used in cooking steaks.  This was, I think, the second best steak I ever had.  (First best was one I had in Tacoma, WA.)

Traveling with Fructose Malabsorption: Las Vegas Day 2

Fleur__No Sugarless Gum

Don’t worry, I didn’t eat the ketchup. I just left it in for the picture. 

This was my favorite food day of the whole trip.  For lunch we went to Fleur which is in the Mandalay Bay hotel.  We had gone there last year because my husband wanted to try their $65 Fleur Burger that comes topped with truffles and foie gras.  I went with a regular burger, which was very good (and cheaper).  Fluer2__No Sugarless Gum

So we decided to go again this year.  I figure it’s hard to go wrong with a burger and fries, so I didn’t call ahead or tell the waitress that I have Fructose Malabsorption.  Which was dumb, because about halfway through eating the french fries, I realized they were breaded.  I don’t think it really mattered, since it was just a little wheat, but I wish I would have just freaking asked!

Then came my favorite meal of the trip and by far my best experience eating out since my diagnosis.
We were going to see the Cirque du Soleil show Zarkana at the Aria tonight, so I found a restaurant called Sage that looked like it might have a few options for me.  I called ahead and talked to someone and they eventually put me on with the chef who was very friendly and listened patiently while I explained my dietary restrictions.  He even said “we look forward to having you dine with us,” or something.  We’ll see about that, Chef…
Our reservation was at 5:00 so we could eat before the show.  When we arrived, they had already made a note about my FM next to our reservation, so I didn’t even have to explain again that I was “special.”  The waiter asked me a few questions about what I could and couldn’t eat and eventually the chef himself came out to talk to me.  He was really interested in making something I could eat!
He came up with this bacon wrapped pork loin with buttery mashed potatoes.  It was SO GOOD!

Sage__No Sugarless Gum

This looked better when it was first served, but I was so excited to eat it that I forgot to take a picture and had to reassemble it.

And even more than that, it was so nice talking directly with the person who was making my food, and he wasn’t interested in trying to decode my diet, he just wanted to know the specific things I could eat.

I should give myself partial credit for this one.  I actually followed some of my rules for traveling with FM: I planned this on my itinerary, called ahead, and went early.

So if you end up in Las Vegas, definitely dine at Sage.  Chef Scott will take care of you.

 

Traveling with Fructose Malabsorption: Las Vegas Day 1

Quesadilla__No Sugarless Gum

The first thing I ate this day was actually white rice from the Panda Express.  I hadn’t had lunch on the plane and I was starving.  It was so undercooked I couldn’t even eat it.  Quesadilla2__No Sugarless Gum

By the time we got settled in our hotel we were hungry again (well, I was hungry still).  I hadn’t made an itinerary like I should have, so we went to the concierge where we were staying and they suggested a Mexican/Chinese place called China Poblano.  I went through the rigamarole with the poor waiter (who really was trying to understand) and ordered the quesadilla de chicharron, which had just about the only meat that wasn’t marinated overnight.

Waiting for my new order.  Thankfully my husband's two tongue tacos didn't tempt me!

Waiting for my new order. Thankfully my husband’s two tongue tacos didn’t tempt me!

 

It looked so good!  I was so excited to eat it!  And my first bite…had an onion in it!!!  What the hell?!!!  Thankfully I had taken two Digest Spectrum beforehand and suffered no repercussions.

Of course it was my fault because I didn’t follow any of my rules.

I did order a new quesadilla, and it was delicious.

 

7 Rules for Traveling with Fructose Malabsorption

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It’s not impossible to go on a trip when you have Fructose Malabsorption, but it makes it very difficult.  My husband and I went to Las Vegas last week for our 1-year anniversary (yay!) and I came up with some rules to follow to help stay feeling well.

Vacation, for me, used to be a lot about all the great food I would get to try–especially dessert.  Hopefully it will be able to be that way again one day, but now, it’s more like trying to survive and not get sick. Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption: Fructose in Foods

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There is a lot of conflicting information out there about which fruits and vegetables are safe to eat for those of us with Fructose Malabsorption.  I’ve looked a quite a few different charts and compiled my own using the most common fructose amount attributed to each food.  Use this chart as a guide–only you can figure out what your body will tolerate on your Elimination Diet.
I’ve also whipped up a sugar chart that indicated which sugars are OK for us to have, and which we should avoid.
These are not exhaustive: let me know if I left off one of your favorite fruits or vegetables! Continue reading

How the iPhone Can Benefit Your Digestive Health

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The answer is…apps!!!  Duh.  Getting a handle on your Fructose Malabsorption (FM) is a challenge, and personally I need all the help I can get.  So I downloaded a bunch of apps on my iPhone to see which ones might make life easier for an FMer, and here are my picks! (I found Android versions of all except the Kitchen Dial.) Continue reading

The Elimination Diet

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Update: After taking the Mediator Release Test, I have found some of the foods I was eating during the elimination diet were making me sick.  This is most likely a personal thing since those particular foods don’t contain fructose, but if you are concerned with any of the foods listed below, please look into the Mediator Release Test!

The Elimination Diet: “Blech”–need I say more?  I suppose I should.

The Reason

The purpose of an elimination diet is to cleanse your system of the fructose that is causing you harm and let your body heal so you can identify exactly what foods affect you.

How To Do It Continue reading