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My husband was just diagnosed with gluten allergies after 29 years of many tests that didn't lead to the culprit. We are thankful it wasn't a stomach tumor, cancer etc. We will be leaving for FL next week and driving from Massachusetts. Breakfast on the road seems like it might be a problem. Does anyone know of a list from Mc Donald's that would list any gluten free products they might have. Thanks in advance and I hope everyone has a nice holiday.

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First, I would urge you to carry whatever foods you can. I fill a large cooler whenever I travel. For breakfast I hardboil eggs ahead, take O'bertos beef jerky (read ingredients; two flavors have wheat), yogurt, cheese sticks, ham slices, and even cook sausage ahead and heat it up in the motel microwave.

I don't know how sick your husband has been but eating at fast-food places is very risky because of contamination, and even more so when you're trying to heal. However, if you need to, just about every fast food place I know of has either a gluten-free list or a site where you can read EVERY ingredient of every food. McDonald's has both. Usually you look under "menu" or "nutrition." Beware of the McDonald's bacon; it is NOT gluten-free. Also beware of omelets at IHOP; they have pancake batter in them. Denny's has a list behind the counter that shows the top eight allergens in each dish.

As strange is it sounds, one of my top places for breakfast is the Waffle House. The omelets or eggs are cooked right there in front of you and they use Jimmy Dean sausage, which is gluten-free.

richard

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I'm sure others will chime in, but wanted to note that you can bring food with you (what I do on long car trips and business travel). I'll pack things like dried fruits and nuts, rice cakes, fruit, raw veggies, and the like. (I'd pack cheese in a little lunch cooler, but I'm dairy-intolerant as well, so I can't do that any more.)

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McDonald's gluten-free list--for the USA is here: http://www.mcdonalds.com/app_controller.nu...uten.index.html

Many chains have gluten-free menus for us....i don't eat out or travel much so i don't remember many, but if you look around, you're sure to find five or six.

I prefer to bring a lot of my own food, cause I'd rather not put my intestinal health in the hands of a stranger. When we travel by car, we usually have a cooler in the trunk, as well as a toaster oven and george foreman grill--all for use in a hotel room. Our oven literally melted and nearly exploded a couple weeks ago, so while we wait for the company to give a replacement for the faulty oven, we got a hotplate...two burners.... B) . With those three things...and perhaps a mini fridge in the hotel room, you can eat nearly everything you'd have at home....even w/o a hotplate, you can have meat, potatoes, Ore Ida french fries, and even heat up any leftovers you may have brought in tin foil....

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Thanks to all of you for helping me with the traveling question. My husband is doing so well on this new diet. He had cut out most food except crackers and bread, thinking they were bland and wouldn't upset his stomach. Just shows how wrong you can be. After 29 years and 6 colonoscopys plus numerous other tests we find out this. A new Dr. couldn't believe he hadn't been check for allergies. The endoscopy plus he had the test where he swallowed the camera confirmed it. He's adjusting to the diet nicely while we are at home but eating out will be a slight problem. This is a man that ate at least one whole sleeve of Ritz crackers with peanut butter every day. We will take most food along but have to make coffee stops. Our van is packed to the hilt as we do antique shows in FL so don't have a lot of room to carry much extra equipment. We're okay once we get there as we have a travel trailer in FL. with oven, fridge etc. Marry Christmas to all and thanks for the information. So glad I found this site.

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