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Being gluten-free, one of my challenges has been travel. Finding restaurants where I can eat a whole nutritious meal that is truly gluten-free. For the first few years after my diet change, I was quite hesitant to travel, as it worried me not being able to find the foods I needed in my daily diet. The reason why it worried me so much was as it comes to cooking it is quite amazing how much fillers or flour will be used in preparing food. On top of all this I am hypoglycemic, so not being able to have the proper diet for me can get critical, as my blood sugar could drop dramatically. To me, there is a lot to think about for when I do go on a trip. Today I must say I have pretty much conquered my challenges, but as I have learned over the years and the trips I have taken, I cannot take things such as food being served to me for granted in the ways I expect it to be.

 

I have since found two different apps on my phone called “Find me gluten-free” and “Dine GF”. These apps give me the name, location and website of restaurants and stores that carry and serve gluten-free foods near me or a town I will be traveling in, in the future. Sometimes it has happened that the restaurants have been selected as gluten-free, but the awareness was not too impressive or vise versa. My biggest challenge is still to find the high-quality food that I feel should be served as gluten-free, such as farm to table local ingredients. A combination of the two could make a cool app.

 

My first big trip since I have become gluten-free was to the Bahamas. Before our departure, we did lots of research for gluten-free availability on the island of Spanish Wells. The island was about 2 miles from one end to the other, it had one grocery store and about 6 restaurants. Once a week the grocery store would get a delivery, so being at the store on the right day was kind of a necessity, as things moved quickly and once, they were gone they were gone. The restaurants did not have gluten-free menus, but the education and knowledge were there, which was great, as I was able to work my way around most obstacles and have a good gluten-free diet while we were on the island.

 

To my surprise when we went to Oregon the knowledge throughout most of my trip was almost non-existent, which I must admit was kind of disappointing. We traveled around the state from Mount Hood to Bend to Crater Lake to the Pacific coast to Eugene and back to Portland. Portland, Eugene and Bend had gluten awareness in restaurants, cafés and stores. The rest of the state was quite behind in their education about gluten-free foods, so being prepared during travel was very necessary. Finding things such as gluten-free bread, pasta, high-quality organic foods was more difficult than I expected.

 

These are just a couple of examples of travel and gluten-free food, but if you are in the same shoes as I am, I’m sure you know what I am talking about. It makes me nervous traveling and not knowing if the food I need in my life is available to me. Just because I am traveling within the United States does not necessarily mean that every state has gluten awareness as I would expect it to.

 

Even though Living in the tri-state corner of Connecticut has been an ongoing challenge for me in finding restaurants that serve high-quality gluten-free options on their menu.

The awareness is present but the knowledge depending on where I go could be better. I have managed to find a small number of places to eat near my home town that serve gluten-free and high-quality food, so that’s good.

 

I guess it’s not just traveling that’s a challenge but going out to eat in general. So, on Friday actually as you are reading this blog I will be in Colorado, and my mission will be to report my experiences with high-quality gluten-free foods during my stay. So, when any of you will come to Colorado you can have a reference to where to go and enjoy a good meal.

 

I would say the moral of my story is that the challenges I have had to face over the past ten years have hindered me in the past on doing the things I have been wanting to do, just because of a challenging sensitivity. I know there are many people with food allergies in this world, so I guess I am surprised that so few restaurants, bars and cafes don’t have greater awareness towards allergies or sensitives, the awareness towards certain fad diets I find is almost greater than allergies. I believe that you and I deserve to live a great life beyond our comfort zones at home, go out to eat, travel and feel well doing so. After all, we did not choose to have a sensitivity or allergy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Being gluten-free, one of my challenges has been travel. Finding restaurants where I can eat a whole nutritious meal that is truly gluten-free. For the first few years after my diet change, I was quite hesitant to travel, as it worried me not being able to find the foods I needed in my daily diet. The reason why it worried me so much was as it comes to cooking it is quite amazing how much fillers or flour will be used in preparing food. On top of all this I am hypoglycemic, so not being able to have the proper diet for me can get critical as my blood sugar could drop dramatically. To me there is a lot to think about for when I do go on a trip. Today I must say I have pretty much conquered my challenges, but as I have learned over the years and the trips I have taken, I cannot take things such as food being served to me for granted in the ways I expect it to be.

 

I have since found two different apps on my phone called “Find me gluten-free” and “Dine GF”. These apps give me the name, location and website of restaurants and stores that carry and serve gluten free foods near me or a town I will be traveling in in the future. Sometimes it has happened that the restaurants have been selected as gluten-free, but the awareness was not too impressive or vise versa. My biggest challenge is still to find the high-quality food that I feel should be served as gluten-free, such as farm to table local ingredients. A combination of the two could make a cool app.

 

My first big trip since I have become gluten-free was to the Bahamas. Before our departure we did lots of research for gluten-free availability on the island of Spanish wells. The island was about 2 miles from one end to the other, it had one grocery store and about 6 restaurants. Once a week the grocery store would get a delivery, so being at the store on the right day was kind of a necessity, as things moved quickly and once, they were gone they were gone. The restaurants did not have gluten-free menus, but the education and knowledge were there, which was great, as I was able to work my way around most obstacles and have a good gluten-free diet while we were on the island.

 

To my surprise when we went to Oregon the knowledge throughout most of my trip was almost non-existent, which I must admit was kind of disappointing. We traveled around the state from Mount Hood to Bend to Crater Lake to the Pacific coast to Eugene and back to Portland. Portland, Eugene and Bend had gluten awareness in restaurants, cafés and stores. The rest of the state was quite behind in their education about gluten free foods, so being prepared during travel was very necessary. Finding things such as gluten-free bread, pasta, high quality organic foods was more difficult than I expected.

 

These are just a couple of examples of travel and gluten-free food, but if you are in the same shoes as I am, I’m sure you know what I am talking about. It makes me nervous traveling and not knowing if the food I need in my life is available to me. Just because I am traveling within the United States does not necessarily mean that every state has the gluten awareness as I would expect it to.

 

Even though Living in the tri-state corner of Connecticut has been an ongoing challenge for me in finding restaurants that serve high quality gluten-free options on their menu.

The awareness is present but the knowledge depending on where I go could be better. I have managed to find a small number of places to eat near my home town that serve gluten-free and high-quality food, so that’s good.

 

I guess it’s not just traveling that’s a challenge but going out to eat in general. So, on Friday actually as you are reading this blog I will be in Colorado, and my mission will be to report my experiences with high quality gluten-free foods during my stay. So, when any of you will come to Colorado you can have a refence to where to go and enjoy a good meal.

 

I would say the moral of my story is that the challenges I have had to face over the past ten years have hindered me in the past on doing the things I have been wanting to do, just because of a challenging sensitivity. I know there are many people with food allergies in this world, so I guess I am surprised that so few restaurants, bars and cafes don’t have greater awareness towards allergies or sensitives, the awareness towards certain fad diets I find is almost greater than allergies. I believe that you and I deserve to live a great life beyond our comfort zones at home, go out to eat, travel and feel well doing so. After all we did not choose to have a sensitivity or allergy.