Since I realized that I was gluten intolerant I knew that I needed to get better at planning ahead when travelling. I have been doing a lot of travelling this year, and when you are in a new place, it can be hard to figure out the best places to eat. Below are my tips for sticking to your gluten-free diet when travelling.
Ways to Eat gluten-free when travelling
- If I am going to be out for the day, or if I am on a long car ride or flight, I like to pack myself a little lunch complete with snacks. This way I know that I am sure that the foods I am eating are gluten-free and I won’t feel hungry and eat something I shouldn’t.
- I always pack extra snacks in my bag incase where I am staying provides a meal that doesn’t have gluten-free alternatives. Some of my retreats have provided plenty of gluten-free alternatives, but sometimes I have been caught out at something that served food and they didn’t have anything without gluten. I try to make the best of it in these situations and making sure I have something to nosh on until I can find an alternative is key. I basically always have a gluten-free granola bar in my purse at all times just in case.
- It’s important to research the restaurants in the area where you are staying. A simple search on your phones map should be able to help you find some place that you can eat. When I stayed in Chicago I pulled up the map on my phone and typed in gluten-free in the search area and used the location services to find restaurants next to my hotel where I could eat.
Where to eat Gluten-free in Chicago
Right next to my hotel was LYFE Kitchen which serves gluten-free and vegan options. I had the gluten-free margherita flatbread and I ordered some grilled chicken to be added on top for some protein. Since I try to make sure I am always getting my green veggies I also had a Kale and Banana smoothie. Let me tell you, this meal was de-licious!!
It was so good that I went back on Sunday and picked up an order to take with me as I headed out to the airport for my flight home. Since my flight back to Toronto was so short, they only served snacks, no meals so I knew that I would need to pick something up. I figured, there probably were very few places at the airport that provided gluten-free options and since I wouldn’t have much time before my flight it just made sense to bring something with me. Especially since I knew that it tasted good and that it wouldn’t result in an unfortunate reaction.
Sticking to a gluten-free diet can be challenging because gluten can be found in so many items!! You really need to make an effort when you are away from home and can’t control the kitchen. Hopefully some of these tips will help you the next time you travel.
Note: I am gluten intolerant which means that if I eat gluten accidentally it won’t cause a reaction immediately. It might be a few days later if at all depending on the amount. Someone who has a gluten allergy would need to be a lot more careful when eating out. I would suggest calling ahead to make sure that their gluten-free options are prepared in a way where they will not come in contact with gluten.