I just joined. I'm in the process of being diagnosed and after my last test I will be on the gluten-free diet/lifestyle.
My question or my appeal for advice is that I will be traveling for business not even a month into my new lifestyle change and I'm afraid that going away on business will make what is already a hard task (finding things to eat that are safe/allowed) will be even harder.
Does anyone have any suggestions for flying/traveling gluten free? I figured I can bring some snacks for the plane they are offering food service. I also notified the hosts of the conference and they are aware of my special dietary needs for the few meals they will be providing.
What do people suggest? I just read that carrying a card with what I'm "allergic" to is helpful (different forum). I feel like when I ask people about food prep and other things they look at me like I've grown two heads even if they are like ... ah, yeah gluten free.
Thanks in advance!
No need to worry if you are prepared, it takes some planning and knowledge (comes with time and experience) as it will not be as easy as before going gluten free. It also depends on your comfort level of eating out. When I travel I carry safe gluten free food with me on my carry on (Laura bars, almonds...etc and twice as much as I'll need just in case there is a delay). I will book hotels that I will have access to a microwave and fridge (either a room with a kitchenette or a hotel that will deliver a small fridge and microwave to the room). I look for a wholefoods (usually book a hotel near one) and swing by a get food for my stay. Note: you can find gluten-free food at almost all stores now (not a huge variety,but it is getting better)...I just prefer wholefoods.
Another very helpful thing to do is contact the local GIG/Celiac support group prior to going, so you are armed with information from people that know the gluten free diet and the local area. Most if not all are more than willing to help a fellow Celiac/GInC. Awesome folks.
Contact me if you ever travel to the Twin Cities and I'll give you a list places to eat and where to get gluten-free food.
Cheers and goodluck!