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Gluten-Free Traveling Problems

Since becoming gluten-free we have noticed many changes. First up, we all see a difference in my son’s behavior and learning. We also experienced some weight loss and the feeling that we do not need caffeine all day. I remember I used to have so many cravings like chocolate and snacks; this is not the case anymore.

It is hard to find gluten-free products, though. You have to make sure that you identify what’s truly gluten-free. We have put together a list of favorite items that we buy weekly now. Sticking to real goods (meat, fruits, and vegetables) helps when shopping. We still enjoy snacks, so we have to be careful with what we purchase.

More importantly, it is hard to be gluten-free when you are traveling. We try to take trips as often as we can. Throw that diet away when you go places. Let’s see… people aren’t considerate at parties. You also have to find specific restaurants that cater to gluten-free eating and hope that they have good food.

When we came home from a recent visit, we noticed a significant difference. We had stomach aches and were bloated. You know, all the pains. We felt down and super tired. It took me about three full days before I got my food back on track.

What do you do when you go on trips? Do you take a lot of snacks with you and look at restaurants before you travel? We are starting to research more ahead of time since we haven’t had the best of luck. We do not use fast food when traveling and try to pack our own food. We also make sure we have our own kitchen area in the hotel so we can shop/bring gluten free items with us. There is so much more than going gluten free (bread).. so much more than it. 


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  1. We have to do aaaaallllll the research before we travel to find places that could be safe to eat at. If we’re driving and not flying I usually bring a cooler with my own food in it and that helps a lot 🙂

  2. It must be really hard to find foods that suit the needs of your family members. Although, saying that, here in the UK, I see more and more gluten free foods in the supermarket, as well as other foods that cater for different dietary requirements.
    I also prefer to choose self catering facilities when we travel, so that we can prepare what we know is best for us.
    All the very best to you, for your blog, business and family.

  3. Going gluten free is super hard. I did it 10 years ago, and I failed miserably. I think now it’s much better. I’m glad you’re seeing improvements in your sons health!

  4. So it’s been about 2 weeks since I found out I have celiac. So I am brand new to the gluten free thing, granted I was already eating a high protein diet but completely gluten free is a different thing. One thing I was told to do is get the app that scans barcode at the store, it automatically tells me if gluten is in it in the majority of things. I’ve already realized eating out will be a challenge but in the grand scheme if it helps my plethora of symptoms it will be worth it!!

  5. I was JUST thinking about this. We’re going on a cruise in a couple months, and my niece is gluten free. I’ve already started thinking about how hard it will be for her to have to find foods that will not make her sick. I can only imagine the struggle!

  6. Travelling definitely makes dietary restraints really difficult to stick to! At home when you eat out, you are more familiar with ingredients where as it’s harder to navigate that in a different country for sure.

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