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Any advice?? I am not sure what the best way to explain the situation is?? We are going to try to hit gluten free friendly restraunts, but with 3 young kiddos you never know.

Just give me your best advice when eating out. I am pretty nervous about it, don't want to be sick the whole trip :(.

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Any advice?? I am not sure what the best way to explain the situation is?? We are going to try to hit gluten free friendly restraunts, but with 3 young kiddos you never know.

Just give me your best advice when eating out. I am pretty nervous about it, don't want to be sick the whole trip :(.

Try to Google the city that you will be traveling to and then - gluten free restaurants. For instance, "Boston- Gluten Free Restaurants:

http://www.urbanspoon.com/t/4/1/Boston/Gluten-Free-Friendly-restaurants

Most will be Gluten Free Friends, and knowledgeable about gluten-free dining.

Pack lots of snacks.

Here is a good guide to dining out:

http://celiacdisease.about.com/od/socializingwithoutgluten/a/DiningOutTips.htm

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I still find traveling a bit daunting, but doable. I always look to see if there is a Celiac Support Group in the area where we are traveling, and if they do, I contact them to find out their list of gluten free resturants. I find this really helpful. We also always look for the standard chain resturants that do a good job of gluten free...PFChangs and Outback. For fastfood, we really enjoy ChickFilA. They have a gluten free list on their website and I always ask to talk to the manager. My kids enjoy it and there are many ChickFilAs around the country. We love their grilled chicken and fries, fresh fruit cup and ice cream. They are always really good at going out of their way to make fresh new food to help insure no CC, but still that is always a concern no matter where you eat out. Also IN and Out chains you can order the fries and protein style burgers. Very kid friendly.

Sometimes I pack a suitcase of food and take on the plane. I put frozen bread in (and it thaws nicely on the trip) like Udi's whole grain bread and the Udi's Blueberry muffins. I pack the individual Jif Peanut Butters so we can always make a sandwhich if needed. I pack homemade trail mix and fruit and veggies. If we are staying at a motel that has a kitchen, than I pack gluten free pasta and the Mrs. Leepers boxed meals with cans of chicken or tuna fish to add to it. I also google the city where we are traveling to and see if their is a WHole Foods or similar store where I can stock up on food while I am gone.

The main thing is to do a lot of preplanning, maping out where the gluten free resturants are in the area prior to going on the trip. Good luck. I would really recommend a hotel with a kitchen. We just got back from a 4 day stay and our motel had no microwave or fridge and it made the trip more difficult than when we stay at a Residence Inn or something similar.

Have fun!

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