hemhawseesaw

The ups, downs, and runarounds of Celiac Disease and food sensitivities

Travel… oh boy

Let’s just start with this little fact: I bought baby food. Not for a baby. For me. While this might sound super depressing, I am LOOKING FORWARD to eating vegetables on the go that I didn’t have to peel, slice, and cook until soft (or puree) myself (as I do on most days). I was alarmed to see the fruitlessness of a Google search for “Celiac baby food” and “certified gluten-free baby food,” so I’ve got my fingers and villi crossed that cross-contamination won’t be a factor. Ingredients are typically “carrots, water,” so can’t go wrong there. So, why did I buy baby food? Well, when you’re traveling as a tourist with food restrictions, there really aren’t a whole lot of options for on-the-go meals. Most granola bars are out due to dried fruit and nuts. Can’t do raw vegetables. I will be floored if I can eat 25% of the gluten-free meal on the plane (did you know that you can only place one dietary preference request on airplanes? So it’s either gluten-free or vegan, and with the utterly random list of foods I avoid I am keeping expectations low). However. Some fresh fruits can be purchased and peeled! I’m packing packets of sardines, salmon and tuna in water. Rice cakes, of course. Seaweed snacks made with olive oil. I’m getting used to eating steamed vegetables cold, but I’d rather do baby food than carry mushy cooked vegetables in my backpack while sight-seeing. I may even pack a loaf of gluten- (et al.) free bread and veggie latkes in my carry-on luggage to throw in the freezer for the week. I’m a bit paranoid about fixing food in a shared kitchen, so my spatula, cutting board, and colander get to cross the ocean blue, too. Packing Herbamare (lovely salt/seasoning blend) and a few other dried herbs/spice blends. I’ve asked my host to purchase foil, parchment paper, plastic wrap, and disinfecting wipes. Oh and I invested in some Gluten Defense digestive enzymes (BTW be very careful with digestive enzymes- lots have barley!), which I will take at every meal. A member of the Celiac ranks gave me some Alka Seltzer and charcoal tablets for relief in the case of glutening. Trying not to think of pots and pans… How to avoid making oneself sick by freaking out about getting sick?? I may eat out while overseas, which is a bit of an oddity since I categorically do not eat out on the home turf anymore. I found an exclusively paleo restaurant at my destination, so no gluten would even enter the premises; my only concerns are eggs/nuts/raw veg, but it seems like the appropriate place to ask for a plain slab of meat and a side of cooked spinach. There’s also a little chain that makes onigiri, or Japanese triangular rice packs stuffed in seaweed; they are certified gluten-free by the German equivalent of GIG. I believe I may be able to avoid other food allergens with this chain as well, as the ingredient lists seem very succinct and made up of whole foods. Traveling in Germany with Celiac Disease sans other food issues looks to be pretty doable, as many stores carry brands like Schar. I don’t mean to be all my-fate-is-so-much-worse-than-yours, so I’ve strapped on my big girl panties and… bought baby food. DO WHAT ONE’S GOTTA DO, AMIRIGHT?

Clarification: If you have Celiac Disease and plan to travel, you do NOT need to resort to eating baby food. I have intolerances to corn, soy, casein, eggs, nuts, tomatoes, beans, etc…. as well as major digestive issues with any food that is not soft.

Advertisements

Single Post Navigation

One thought on “Travel… oh boy

  1. Cathleen smith on said:

    You crack me up! You will love Germany. Having traveled Europe, the only place easier to travel with celiac is Australia. Next trip is Down Under for you!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Undomondo

The ups, downs, and runarounds of Celiac Disease and food sensitivities

Forbes - Science

The ups, downs, and runarounds of Celiac Disease and food sensitivities

Forbes - Opinion

The ups, downs, and runarounds of Celiac Disease and food sensitivities

Forbes - Tech

The ups, downs, and runarounds of Celiac Disease and food sensitivities

Forbes - Health

The ups, downs, and runarounds of Celiac Disease and food sensitivities

New Scientist - Home

The ups, downs, and runarounds of Celiac Disease and food sensitivities

Conditionally Accepted

a space for scholars on the margins of academia

A Year of Living Academically

Another Academic Blog

Science-Based Medicine

Exploring issues and controversies in the relationship between science and medicine

Blog RSS

The ups, downs, and runarounds of Celiac Disease and food sensitivities

Sciencehound

The ups, downs, and runarounds of Celiac Disease and food sensitivities

Scientific American Blog: Guest Blog

The ups, downs, and runarounds of Celiac Disease and food sensitivities

More Science from Scientific American

The ups, downs, and runarounds of Celiac Disease and food sensitivities

Scientific American Content: Global

The ups, downs, and runarounds of Celiac Disease and food sensitivities

NIH Extramural Nexus

NIH Extramural Nexus

Datahound

Just another Scientopia site

Drugmonkey

Grants, research and drugs

WFMU's Beware of the Blog

The ups, downs, and runarounds of Celiac Disease and food sensitivities

let's go burn down the disco

The ups, downs, and runarounds of Celiac Disease and food sensitivities

motel de moka

Indie MP3 blog mostly rock, pop, folks and electronic

Nourishing Meals®

The ups, downs, and runarounds of Celiac Disease and food sensitivities

%d bloggers like this: