Organic & Gluten-Free Foods: Traveling Gluten-Free

How do you feed yourself, when you travel, if your diet demands Gluten-Free Foods?

Traveling with a gluten intolerance is not easy. Most people, when on the road, rely on restaurants, gas stations & hotel menus to keep them happy & well-fed. On a gluten free diet, this won’t work. Unless you’re visiting a city, like Raleigh, with a number of gluten free restaurants, you’ll be desperately short on options.

According to “Gluten-Free Cooking“,  “Gluten-free living is challenging & gluten-free travel is challenge squared!  The cardinal rule for safe & healthy gluten-free travel is to plan ahead.  Whether by foot, bike, car, boat, train or plane stay nourished all day long with healthy gluten-free foods & resources.”

What are some options, to make life easier, when on the road?

1. Always Keep Travel Foods on Hand

Keep a stash of foods on hand that you can down in a pinch. If you’re out sightseeing & cannot find a place to eat but your family can’t wait any longer, these foods, which you can stock up on at Harmony Farms, will hold you over until you find a gluten free alternative.

  • Larabars
  • Trail Mix
  • Candy Bars (yup, most of them are gluten free – but check the packaging!)

    Lots of delicious varieties of flavors!

    Lots of delicious varieties of flavors!

  • Chips or Crackers
  • Single Serving Hummus
  • Vegetables & Fruit
Healthy Chips!

Healthy Chips!

It’s not a meal but if you have a good stash on hand you will never go hungry. It’s not as exciting as eating in new restaurants, but it’s better than going hungry.

2. Stay in a Cooking Friendly Hotel

The Extended Stay America hotel chain offers a full kitchen with every hotel room, a huge plus for someone with a gluten intolerance who cannot eat out very often. When booking hotels, look for ones with at least a kitchenette – a single burner at the very minimum to make meals on. If you are staying for more than 2 weeks, consider renting a house or apartment to ensure you have full access to a kitchen.

3. Download the Gluten Free Registry App for Your Phone 

The Gluten Free Registry is a website devoted to compiling a list of gluten free friendly bakeries, restaurants, grocers & caterers around the United States. They currently have more than 25,000 listings in their database & it is being updated constantly by users. The iPhone & Android apps are an absolute must while traveling. They will show all gluten-free locations near you on a map or in list format, including both grocery stores with gluten free options & restaurants. Recently, they added an “I want pizza!” button too, a nice touch.

Gluten free traveling is not ideal. You can’t eat your way through a new city like you would before you were diagnosed, but you can pursue a semblance of normalcy by doing your research in advance & preparing for your trip.

Harmony Farms endeavors to bring you the very best Wheat & Gluten-Free Products made.  At Harmony Farms, we create an environment friendly to all Celiac Disease Experiences & will help in any way that we can.  Celiac Disease Foundation & Support Groups are critical in maintaining a solid network for successful Gluten-Free living.  Print your own, free Harmony Farms Gluten-Free List to keep abreast of the Gluten-Free Products that we offer.  Contact us at Harmony-Farms.net; 919-782-0064 or harmonyf@bellsouth.net for questions, consultations or food products!

Organic & Gluten-Free Foods: Raising Children Gluten-Free

Convincing a child to eat much of anything is a chore, so how do you handle a child that has been diagnosed with a gluten intolerance?

It isn’t easy, but there are ways to convince them that it is not only best for their health but an enjoyable way to eat.

What are some tips for raising a child on a gluten free diet?

**Always Be Educating

Don’t simply tell your child “you can’t have gluten”. Many adults have a hard time understanding gluten and what foods it is in, so it’s unrealistic to expect a child to do any better. Spend time showing your child what gluten is in, how it appears on labels and how to avoid it.

Certified Gluten-Free Label

Certified Gluten-Free Label

 

More importantly, explain to them the reason why they need to be careful!

 

What exactly will happen to them when they eat gluten containing foods? They may experience allergic reactions, damage their digestive system, or suffer from numerous other medical conditions!  Consequences speak volumes for children.

To drive this home, create a notebook that your child can carry with them containing a list of foods they cannot have and a list of foods they can have. This will help when they go to a friend’s house or are in school where boundaries are often broken without your knowledge.

How do you find foods that your children like?

The real issue with gluten free diets for children is finding foods the child will like. Especially if they were previously allowed to eat things like cake and bread, changing to gluten free variations can be very hard.

Begin by  printing your own, free HARMONY GF LIST to keep abreast of the Gluten-Free Products that we offer.

It’s important to find and develop gluten free variations on kid favorites like macaroni and cheese, pizza, spaghetti, cookies and other sweets. Almost anything you can think of that contains gluten can be made without gluten in some form or another. Don’t allow yourself to think that they need to eat different foods – just different ingredients. At the same time, don’t pour money into processed gluten free foods which can be prohibitively expensive.

Gluten-Free Cookies

Gluten-Free Cookies

 

How do you communicate with other adults?

Once your child is out of sight, it’s very likely they will be presented with gluten-containing foods. While your efforts to educate them on the risks of eating gluten will certainly help, you must also talk to the adults they are with. Teachers, parents of their friends and family members must all understand the extreme health risk of eating gluten. Make sure they understand the severity (comparisons to diabetes or peanut allergies often get the point across) and ensure your child always has gluten free snacks on hand so they don’t get left out of class activities.

Gluten-Free Snacks

Gluten-Free Snacks

 

With the right level of communication and preparation, you can ensure your child is never left out because of their gluten intolerance – life can be normal even if it is a little more complicated.  Please contact Harmony Farms to access the largest Gluten-Free product & supplement selection along with a highly trained & helpful staff ready to serve you!  Contact us here or email harmonyf@bellsouth.net or 919-782-0064.