How to Travel with Disabilities Such as Celiac Disease or Another Auto-Immune Condition
If you have a loved one, friend, or relative that you enjoy spending time with but they don't quite understand the challenges of traveling gluten-free, forward them this article. I decided to write this blog post to give insight to those who don't live with a chronic illness to better understand what life is like when you live with an auto-immune disease or another chronic disease, syndrome, or disability.
Did you know that having an auto-immune disease such as Celiac, Hashimoto’s or Rheumatoid Arthritis equates to having a disability? Many people usually picture a person in a wheelchair or someone who has lost their vision, however; disabilities don’t always show up on the outside!
Traveling with a disability can be difficult and needs more preparation and consideration when creating travel plans. There are many details to consider before you go on your trip to have a great travel experience. Here is what you want to think when traveling with disabilities.
Support Local Gluten Free Bakeries During COVID Pandemic!
Delectable Gluten Free Desserts Ready to Go!
COVID-19 situation is stressful to say the least. When I’m stressed I know that having a sweet dessert is a good temporary solution to feeling good. Make sure its a small serving, though, as you don’t want to add gaining weight to the list of activities you’re doing during the COVID lockdown!
Share your favorite gluten-free desserts with your family members who aren’t gluten-free, with a friend by dropping off a gluten-free treat on their porch to show that you are thinking about them, or to a co-worker who has celiacs disease that you haven’t seen face to face in a few months. Whatever way you send, drop-off or ship your gift, the celiac or gluten-free friend on the receiving end will sure appreciate your thoughtfulness!
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Schar Bakery has so many good delicious gluten-free snacks and desserts! I love their saltine crackers, puff pastry, Schnack Cakes and their graham crackers. I’ve been able to find and purchase Schar products on Walmart Grocery online and in the store.
Kinnikinnick Gluten Free with my favorite vanilla wafers, I can now safely eat banana pudding again! They also have great hot dog buns, hamburger buns and cinnamon raisin bagels. They also have great baking products including cookie crumbles for pie crust, angel food cake mix, doughnuts, and sugar cookie mix. When you sign up for their newsletter, they’ll send you a 10% off coupon!
When Do You Need a COVID Vaccine to Travel?
Even though 3.1 million people across the United States alone follow a gluten-free diet, traveling with celiac disease or related conditions can often cause worry. After all, nobody wants to feel sick when traveling - as it is an easy way to turn a great trip into the worst week of your life stuck in a hotel bathroom that you can’t wait to escape from. Whether you are heading out on a family road trip or planning a luxury hotel visit for yourself and your family, one of the easiest ways to go on a gluten-free travel adventure is to head to a destination that will be gluten-free friendly!
With that in mind, here are some of the best travel destinations for Gluten-Free travelers and, of course, fun things to do in each destination! Remember that you can listen to the Travel Gluten Free podcast to find specific episodes on many of these top gluten-free destinations.
Insist on Your Choice of Restaurant
Do you really need to be selfish when it comes to eating out? YES, mainly if you have limited choices because of your dietary restrictions. Feeling bad because you think others are loosing out? Drop that feeling of guilt because that other person wouldn't feel the same about the situation if they were in your shoes.
People who aren't GF don't understand what we go through, they think it's silly or our digestive discomfort isn't that bad, and we should just put up with it. Seriously? When is the last time anyone enjoyed having pain and stomach cramps for three days because they ate a doughnut? Maybe some twisted masochist, but for the rest of the living comfortably crowd, we would instead feel good and eat good food, just like everyone else.
Take that gluten-free app, your restaurant guide, or your friend's advice and insist you eat at the restaurant which you CAN eat. The person that says "Well, hey, they have salads!", tell them the last time you checked you were not a manatee.
Be your gluten-free selfie-and own your GF status! Be bold, fearless and insist on your choice of eating establishment because, after all, your tastebuds need to be satisfied just like everyone else!
For great advice on how to travel gluten-free, grab my Guide to Traveling Gluten-Free on Amazon today!
#2 Find a Gluten-Free Restaurant
Finding a GF restaurant may not sound hard, until you try to look for one, especially in a rural area. Cities have more food choices, and you can easily find a gluten-free option in a town, but what about less populated areas?
One of my favorite tools to find gf restaurants is Find Me Gluten Free App. Jason Elmore, creator of this app, is celiac. He decided to make the app after being frustrated about the difficulty of finding food that is safe to eat when you are eating out.
To find out more about Jason and how he created the Find Me Gluten Free App,
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