#36: How To Eat Gluten-Free While TravelingMay 16, 2023
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Are you tired of returning from vacations feeling bloated and regretful due to unhealthy eating choices? The culprit might just be gluten.
Whether you are gluten intolerant or not, consuming gluten can lead to inflammation in your body, leaving you feeling less than your best. But fear not, friend! In this episode, we explore how you can successfully maintain a gluten-free lifestyle while traveling, allowing you to indulge in your adventures without sacrificing your health.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat. I discovered my severe allergy through a blood test when trying to conceive, and I’ve been gluten-free for many years with no intention of returning to it.
Let’s dig in with my favorite tips (that have worked!)
Researching Your Destination:
Before embarking on your trip, it's crucial to conduct a little research. Start by familiarizing yourself with the language spoken in the country you are visiting. Knowing how to say "no gluten, please" in the local language can be immensely helpful when communicating with chefs and restaurant staff. Online translation tools, like Google Translate, can assist you in learning the necessary phrases.
Where You Are Staying:
Additionally, consider the accommodations where you will be staying. Vacation rentals, such as Airbnb, often provide kitchen facilities, allowing you more control over your meals. Even if you don't want to cook during your vacation, having access to fresh fruits, vegetables, and gluten-free snacks can make a significant difference in maintaining a healthy diet.
In this day and age, most restaurants are going to be online, so you can call ahead, let them know what you're looking for, and see if they can accommodate you. Easy breezy!
Snacks and Supplementation:
To ensure you have gluten-free options readily available, pack a variety of travel-friendly snacks. I typically pack two to three hard-boiled eggs that I'll peel ahead of time, and put in little baggies and they make excellent, easy snacks.
Baby carrots, gluten-free crackers, and gluten-free pretzels can keep you satiated between meals. You can also consider packing meat sticks and Resist protein bars, which are not only delicious but also gluten-free and offer a nutritional boost.
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Supplementation can be beneficial while traveling. Digestive enzymes can help break down foods, aiding digestion when your body might be under stress due to a change in diet. Magnesium supplements can support healthy bowel movements and promote better sleep. Additionally, peppermint tea, ginger tea, or capsules can help soothe your stomach and improve digestion.
Most airlines today are sensitive to dietary restrictions and offer gluten-free meal options. All the airlines I have traveled to thus far have been absolutely accommodating to the gluten-free lifestyle. Japan Airlines have actually been the most comprehensive. They literally overfed me on my way to Bali.
When booking your flight, make sure to request a gluten-free meal in advance. This ensures that you'll have a suitable meal on board, and it reduces the risk of accidentally consuming gluten during your journey.
Communicating with Restaurants:
When dining out, be proactive in communicating your dietary needs to the restaurant staff. Calling ahead and informing them about your gluten-free requirements can help them prepare and accommodate your preferences. Many restaurants have online menus, making it easier to identify gluten-free options. Remember, it's your health and well-being, so please advocate for yourself.
Embracing Local Cuisine:
Traveling is an opportunity to experience different cultures and try new foods. While staying gluten-free, it's essential to keep an open mind and be willing to explore local cuisine. Researching traditional dishes of the region can give you an idea of what to expect and help you identify gluten-free options. Many destinations now offer a wide range of gluten-free alternatives and cater to various dietary needs.
To wrap it up:
By conducting some research, planning ahead, and communicating your dietary needs, you can enjoy your journey while nourishing your body. Remember, you deserve to prioritize your health, even when you're away from home. So pack those gluten-free snacks, embrace the local cuisine, and embark on your next adventure with confidence and vitality!
Speaking of travel…
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- First retreat: September 8th and 9th in my home, Denver.
- Second retreat: October 18th in the Dominican Republic with Dr. TJ.
- Third retreat: February 28th, 2024, an intimate international women's retreat.
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Highlights of this episode:
- How to maintain a gluten-free diet while traveling and the challenges and potential consequences of consuming gluten while on vacation
- Importance of research and planning when traveling to ensure access to gluten-free options.
- Practical tips for packing gluten-free snacks, including hard-boiled eggs, baby carrots, meat sticks, gluten-free crackers, pretzels, and nuts or seeds.
- Potential benefits of digestive enzymes, magnesium supplementation, and herbal teas like peppermint, ginger, and chamomile for supporting digestion and easing digestive discomfort while traveling.
- The 2023/2024 Retreat calendar is out!
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Learn more on living gluten-free from these past episodes:
- #31: Healing Menopause Through The Power of Nutrition, Part 1
- #32: Healing Menopause Through The Power of Nutrition, Part 2
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