I ended up bringing a bunch of food that i knew i could eat (tuna pouches, PB, nuts mixes, KIND bars) and figured i would hope for the best. i knew that i would be with a large group of cousins, and didn't want to be the 'whiner'. so, i went out and figured i would eat what i could, and know that i had stuff in my room if i needed it.
well, i had no issues at all!
we arrived in the afternoon, and i ate some tuna/nuts. then we went out for a late dinner at the Renaissance hotel. i asked the hostess if they had a gluten-free menu. they did not, but the chef was happy to make me something (both gluten and dairy free). he made me a delicious plate of zucchini, summer squash, fingerling potatoes, and onion - it was fantastic!. then next morning i was able to grab some hard boiled eggs and fruit from the hotel breakfast bar. for dinner the next night, we went to a restaurant in the french quarter. they did not have a printed gluten-free menu, but they had a list of items that i could order (mostly grilled thing). again, another delicious meal.
i would definitely go back to NO, and not worry about food.
i began my journey in february (diagnosed with celiac, and trying new diet to improve seasonal allergies), and had to give up gluten/oats, dairy, yeast (which is in more things that you might realize, including anything with vinegar), yogurt, and oranges for two months. i completely understand how overwhelming this can be. i find that going back to the basics, and eating more whole foods makes things much easier. i have not had to deal with eliminating all grains, corn, and soy, so bear with me if some of these foods don't fit your needs...
in order to maintain fullness, i find that eating protein is super important! i have also found that it is nice to cook a lot of one meal over the weekend that i can use for lunch most of the week. this makes it so you don't HAVE to cook something big every night. if i don't have leftovers, i can make a lunch out of veggies and meat (gluten-free deli meat or tuna fish) - i don't like to have this all of the time, but it is good to have a fallback so you don't have to worry about always having to cook.
the other stuggle, is making sure you plan ahead. i always bring my lunch to work now, and if we are going to a social gathering, i need to make sure i have time to make something that i can eat to bring with us.
1. if you can eat quinoa or buckwheat, then you can cook them advance, and then prepare like you might oatmeal (and just warm in microwave each morning). i add almond milk, fruit (berries, apples w/cinnamon, pumpkin w/spices, etc), and ground flaxseeds. i sometimes add maple syrup as well, but not sure if you can have that.
[if you have a rice cooker, you can use it to make the quinoa while you are showering in the morning, so you don't have to set aside time to cook it]
2. eggs. by themselves, or make omelet or frittata with meat/veggies
1. instead of sandwiches, replace bread with lettuce and make wraps
2. i keep the meats simple, and season with spices (cayenne pepper is my favorite) and have been mostly cooking on the grill. i pair them with some veggies, and maybe some broiled potatoes with olive oil, onions, and garlic (these potatoes makes great leftovers with eggs for breakfast). i also make quinoa or buckwheat as a side sometimes.
3. homemade soups are easy to assemble, and then you just wait for them to cook. i use whatever veggies i have in house and usually add some beef.
4. a crockpot is also great for stews and roasts. again, you get everything cut up, and then just wait.
1. hummus and veggies
2. nuts/seeds with fruit
3. chips - ok, i know that they are bad for me, but the way i look at it, if i am giving up everything else, i get to keep one vice
4. lara bars - mostly dates, nuts, and sometimes fruit. good snack to keep in your pocketbook for emergencies...
5. banana w/ peanut or almond butter
6. the "so delicious" brand makes ice cream from soy milk, but also has varieties made with coconut milk or almond milk. i prefer the almond milk, but they are all good. they also make coconut milk kefir, which is tasty and has probiotics...
there really are plenty of good things to eat - the big thing is going to be staying away from processed foods.
Today I tried my first attempt at gluten-free baking from scratch. I have been reluctant to try with all of the bad things I have heard about gluten-free flour (I realize that it has come a long way, so I had high hopes). I was able to substitute all-purpose gluten-free flour + xantham gum into my old recipe for double chocolate zucchini bread. I also substituted gluten/dairy free choc chips. Recipe can be found here: http://www.cooks.com...-252206,00.html
The result was much better than I expected. It was a little less sweet than I remember - which is kind of a good thing. Overall, I would call it a success! Yay me!!
(I needed to share with someone, and most gluten-folks just wouldn't appreciate how exciting this is...)