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When dietary downers ruin perfectly good summer cookouts




Visitors sit eating vegan food during the
Visitors sit eating vegan food during the "Vegan Fest" fair in 2014 in the Israeli city of Ramat Gan. Like vegetarians, vegans do not eat meat but they also eschew all animal products -- including milk, eggs and honey -- with some refusing to wear leather or use cosmetics tested on animals.
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Vegan. Gluten-free. Cleanse. Hosts dread these words.

Ever-changing dietary trends can make it nearly impossible to please everyone when throwing a get-together. And with summer in full swing, a simple barbecue can turn into a nightmare between sending out a group text and receiving a slew of replies with sentences that harbor the word “vegetarian” or “allergic.”

But have food restrictions escalated over the years? With the low-carb, no meat, kale-obsessed Los Angeles culture, food trends can be hard to keep up with, especially if you’re an omnivore. And let’s be real, what’s the fun of a wine and cheese party (the simplest of all gatherings) when neither will work for your finicky work buddy?

Do dietary restrictions put a damper on your get-togethers? How do you host with so many changing guest food guidelines? When attending a gathering, how do you approach eating within your own dietary restrictions?

This segment was inspired by Robin Rauzi's Op-Ed piece in the Los Angeles Times. Read the full story here: "How vegetarians, gluten-frees, grain-frees and other L.A. food tribes ruined my BBQ tradition."