Hello from Oregon, USA. Just returned from my first trip downunder. Toured both Islands of New Zealand. What a wonderful surprise to find gluten-free menus in nearly all restaurants, both large and small, even in those fast foodie places at the gas fill-up the auto places. Amazing! That is not the case here in Oregon, or indeed the USA.
While in NZ we found a wonderful gluten-free soda pop. It was a GINGER BEER, the name starts with an A, think it originaled in Austraila, most delicious and not found everywhere. When we found some in south island, NZ, we would buy a cooler-full and drink it all day while driving. I was especially pleased that it came in diet style, also. I am an extremely sensitized Celiac, diagnosed in 1995 after 19 years of dashing to the throne room 8 to 20 times per day. I am a diet controlled Celiac, with 58 family members both alive and deceased, with this condition. I now, also have become diabetic, the challenge continues.
Due to my research, many local doctors consult with me and request that I mentor their patients. I can only make suggestions and offer encouragement, of course, not being a professional. I have relatives who are in denial, big time.
About alcoholic beverages----as I understand it, those liquors with flavorings are not for us, Celiacs. We can have tequilla, rum, potato vodka, and gin. I make my own coffee flavored liquor from vodka and coffee beans. Then cook with it. Have many great recipes. Wine only if it is not fortified.
Pasta---the greatest product I have found is Quinoa, which comes in many forms, will not clump us like rice pasta does and does not break apart as corn pasta does. They flavor and texture is better in my opinion then wheat pasta. It gently absorbs the sauce. Left-overs keep well!
Ready made sweets----Hershey candy bars are gluten-free They do not use flour on the conveyor belts in manufacturing. They use cocoa powder on the belt. These bars, plus nuts go into my emergency pouch when I leave home, even for a few hours.
Now that I am on the gluten-free diet, I find I am lactose tolerant. However, there are those dairy products that do contain gluten, as in many brands of sour cream, cottage cheese, ice cream and even yogurt, so do watch your products. I find shopping takes 6 times longer when reading labels. Also be aware that products can sometimes change before they correct the labels.
The world is becoming more and more aware of the Celiac condition, what a fortunate happen-stance.
Every day is an adventure!
Allergic to soy, peanuts and almonds, as well as, perfumes
Have PMR for the past 10 years which put me in a wheelchair for 6 years. Now,
being on my feet with a cane I am able to walk 2 to 4 miles a day. I am back to being a world traveler. It has been a bit of a challenge. But, I am game! I do believe the PMR is an off-shoot from being Gluten Intolerant, but one can never really know.