I agree, most times I feel so much better by avoiding gluten (and dairy and eggs, in my case) and avoiding these foods is well worth it, but it is hard at times and can be frustrating when you can't eat what you'd really like to. Think... being at an Italian or other favorite bakery and not being able to pick anything to eat...so sad. On the other hand I can almost re-create any food at this point to satisfy a craving, it's not a perfect recreation...my pizza is delicious, but it is NOT NY delicious thick crust cheesy pizza. Also it is VERY frustrating to not be able to get foods on the run, when hungry, and that I have to cook/prepare so much of the foods that my family and I eat. It's lots of work.
My daughter and I were just making a list of places we can eat with no issues. They include
Cornucopia health food store Sayville, Babycakes Bakery in NYC, Live Island Cafe (raw food) in Huntington. We need to avoid gluten dairy and eggs so it is a little harder for us.