Gluten Free Travel Survival Tips
Don’t go hungry just because you can’t tolerant gluten
When I learned that I was gluten intolerant I was scared. I went from being able to eat everything to questioning everything that I ate. I spent hours on the internet learning everything I could about wheat. I spoke to friends who also had the same gluten issues. It came as a shock to learn that wheat is in just about everything. It’s in salad dressings, sushi and soups. It sucked. At first, I was wrongly focused on what I could no longer eat. Once I got over the initial shock that my diet was going to be different, I started to focus on what I could eat. And there is plenty. My gluten intolerance also meant that I had to really think about what I was going to eat during my travel days.
Pack gluten free snacks
I travel a lot, so I had to figure out gluten free options quickly. The easiest thing for me at first, was to simply pack my own snacks. I was frightened to trust anything else. My go to items include bananas, apples and berries. Other good choices include gluten free granola and energy bars, nuts, and gluten free chocolate bars. Thank God, I can still eat chocolate. My favorite is Seattle’s Best chocolate bars. I was amazed to learn how many snacks are gluten free, making it so much easier to make the right choices.
Ask about gluten free menus
There are a lot of safe bets at airport restaurants. Salads and baked potatoes are two items that are on most menus. Avoid issues with salad dressing by requesting oil and vinegar. Also, I have learned that many restaurants, even airport restaurants, have gluten free menus. One simply has to ask. And even if they don’t have a gluten free menu, my experience has been that many servers know which items are safe. Or better yet, often they can make adjustments to meals, to accommodate your gluten issues. Be warned that most airport restaurants prepare food in kitchens that have wheat products.
Airline special meals is another option for gluten free travel
Most airlines provide limited gluten free options. In general, these meals are made available if you are traveling in First and Business class. Additionally, gluten free meals are available on longer flights, like trans-continental and international flights. Once you have figured out your travel arrangements, most airlines require at least 24 hours notice to schedule a meal.
Happily traveling gluten free
It has been 6 months now since my diagnosis. The good news is that I have dropped 10 pounds simply by eliminating wheat from my diet. My cholesterol is lower too. I am feeling better now than I have felt in a while. So what seemed like a terrible turn of events has actually turned out to be ok. I am not going to lie, it is hard sometimes to pass up warm Italian bread. Warning, many gluten free breads are just terrible. They taste like cardboard. And most times the only way I can eat gluten free bread is to toast the hell of it.
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