Travelling Gluten Free
When you're travelling abroad the last thing you want to worry about is your diet. This can be even more significant if your diet needs to be gluten free. Worrying about where or what you are going to eat can be a real kill joy, and eating the wrong type of foods can be even worse.
You may be on a gluten free diet for medical reason, or simply because you are sensitive to products containing gluten. Either way you will naturally want your diet to give you a healthier lifestyle, free from unwelcome symptoms that you would rather avoid. These symptoms can include stomach pains, bloating, osteoporosis, sever exhaustion, joint pains and even hair loss to name but a few. The good news is it's easy to keep these symptoms under control even whilst you are away from home. Most symptoms are easily treated. If you are experiencing discomfort your doctor should be your first port of call as they can prescribe any necessary prescriptions or treatment before you travel. Thankfully many people who suffer from Coeliac disease find that once they receive suitable treatment their symptoms usually subside. It would be advisable to take any prescribed medication with you when you travel. Keep it in its original container and check with customs before you go.
Your diet shouldn't dictate which part of the world you can or can't travel to. In fact the world is your oyster as long as you do some ground work before you go. Once you have chosen your destination you should consider your method of travel. If this is by road or train, you can simply pack suitable snacks for the journey. However, if travelling by boat or plane, a little more thinking may be required. You will want to consider the foods available during your flight as well as luggage restrictions. Some foods, especially if supplied to you on prescription, can be taken with you when you travel but check first with your airline or customs.
Choosing the right hotel
In the Gluten Free Hotels Guide you will find a large number of hotels around the world which will meet your dietary requirements. Many hotels can and will cater for gluten free diets. If the information is not published on their website you may need to contact them individually. A simple email or phone call can sort things out easily and quickly.
The good thing about self catering is that you are relatively in control of your diet. However the downside can be finding good healthy food in a tourist resort. Think about where you are going. Look at travel guides and do as much research on the area as you possibly can. Being gluten intolerant is not the end as we know it. It just means that you need to be aware of your surroundings and make any necessary changes to your lifestyle.
How to find gluten free foods
Finding gluten free foods can be challenging at times. In addition to being away from home, you may feel out of your depth or overwhelmed because of the language barrier. Quite often there will be no product labels to tell you exactly what ingredients are in the foods you are buying. If this is the case then it might make things easier if you stick to food in its most basic form. Choose natural foods that are in season and sold without packaging.
Depending on what country you are visiting there will always be various options for you to consider. Think about what you would normally eat at home, is there something similar on the menu? For instance, if you usually avoid pasta at home avoid choosing the same abroad. Focusing on foods you can eat. If you usually have polenta or risotto, then go for that.
Learn the lingo.
Whilst abroad don't just use your mouth to eat everything in sight. Remember to communicate. It could save you a lot of time and anxiety if you simply learn a few choice words which will help you get by. You may look silly with a language book stuck to the end of your nose, but if the alternative is seeing the resort from a hotel bathroom, then this is a no brainer. Learning a few key phrases will not only help you to decipher what's on the menu, but it may also allow you to communicate with your waiter so that he can understand your dietary needs.
Now that all of the ground work has been done you can enjoy you holiday.
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