10 Quick Gluten Free Travel Tips

The one thing you want to do when on vacation is enjoy and not get sick, frustrated, put out or annoyed; being prepared is the key to vacation bliss.  Enjoy these tips and feel free to comment and share your own.

Travel Tips

1. Pre-packing & carrying your own snacks is a must. Great for the airport, car rides, sightseeing, etc. This way you’re not forced to go hungry or eat something questionable because your tummy is growling.

Also, if you plan on having a kitchen to use, pack GF foods like pasta, breakfast cereal and GF bread.

2. If you’re a beer drinker, think about packing your fave GF beer to make your vacation that much more enjoyable.

3. Do a search ahead of time for restaurants in the area that have GF options

4. Be leery of your average diner. Even though the waiter may try his best, there are many different types of food made on the same grill & crumbs (cross contamination) everywhere. So even your basic fruit bowl may not be safe.

5. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. I know it can seem like we’re being a pain in the arse to the waiter, but asking now is better than paying later.

6. Never assume something is GlutenFree, always always read labels & ask questions. Things like hash browns at breakfast, may contain wheat, so don’t necessarily take the waiters word w/out checking first.

7. Stick w/whole foods as much as possible. Be leery of sauces & salad dressings. When I’m traveling I usually will just use olive oil & lemon for my dressing.

8. I generally will start my day off w/a yogurt in the morn and/or ramp up on probiotics as a just in case so my intestines are a little more prepared.

9. If you are even slightly unsure of a food, don’t eat it. It’s better to be safe than sorry and not ruin your trip.

10. Stick w/Alcohol that you know are GF like: Chopan, Tito’s, or Ciroq vodka, 100% agave Tequila, & Rum – but stay away from premixed bottle stuff because the flavoring can have hidden wheat.

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Hi, I’m Kirsten

Kirsten is a Registered Dietician in training and a Gluten Free Nutrition Consultant. She has a Bachelors of Science from Illinois State and is working on her second degree at Metropolitan State University in Denver, in the Nutrition & Dietetics program. After graduation, she will pursue certification towards becoming a Registered Dietitian.

Kirsten was diagnosed w/ Celiac disease in 2010, her goal is to provide a path for healthy living to individuals who are seeking a tailored made lifestyle specific to them and their needs.

Kirsten believes that “everyone is different, there’s not one diet that can work for everyone. “Diet to me means short-term, so let’s change diet into ‘lifestyle change’ instead and think long-term. Make healthier decisions not just today but for the years ahead of us as well.”

Living the gluten free lifestyle is not an easy one and can be very overwhelming: from grocery shopping and social events, to deglutening your own household. Kirsten will help you walk you navigate the gluten-free maze with tips, tricks, humor, healthy recipes and more.

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