4 Tips for Easy Gluten Free Travel – Hindustan Times | Gmx Pharm

Travel can bring a lot of uncertainty and concern for people on a gluten-free diet. From arriving at the airport, to boarding a plane, to arriving in a new city, there is always a worry that there are no diet options for you.

However, there are some simple steps to ensure traveling for gluten free food is easy and hassle free. Health coach Erika Schlick, who creates gluten-free dining guides, says it’s all about research and preparation to make traveling hassle-free.

“Travelling as a celiac or as someone with dietary restrictions can be a little tricky,” she says, “but luckily, it becomes a lot easier when you plan ahead and know what snacks to bring and pack.” Below, she outlines her top -Tips.

Bring your own snacks

“A quick snack can be a lifesaver on long days of travel or sightseeing,” says Schlick. Energy bars are one of their top picks, which can be carried in a backpack or purse and serve as a filling snack to keep you going until you can sit down for a proper meal.

“I especially love blueberries, chocolate or lemon poppy seeds,” she says. “They can be a perfect on-the-go breakfast with some coffee or a snack for a day of exploring.” Her next choice is chocolate-dipped nuts — specifically almonds — which she describes as her “guilty treat.” “Almonds are the perfect craving when you want something sweet but want a healthier protein.”

If you like something savory, Schlick recommends a collagen bar, which can help quell hunger. “They are small but mighty,” she adds. “One of these bars can satisfy hunger for hours. They usually keep even better if you put them in the fridge or freezer. I always keep one in my purse when I feel like I’m going to fall and need a snack.”

Register your dietary needs

This is an absolute must for long-haul flights. It might be the last thing on your mind when getting ready for a trip, but nothing ruins that holiday anticipation than finding out that there’s literally nothing on board for you to eat. The “hang-up” will kick in and you’ll be off to a bad start before you know it.

“Always make sure you communicate your dietary needs to your airline so you have a meal on board when you’re thousands of feet in the air and have no other options,” says Schlick. She also recommends planning as far in advance as possible. “If you are staying at a hotel call them to see if there are any options or request that arrangements be made for your stay.” If you have planned day trips or tours that include food, let them know in advance as well.

Explore the area

“One of the most frustrating things about traveling as a gluten-free foodie is parading up and down the streets of restaurants looking for something with options and ones that fit your cravings,” says Schlick. Despite this, she’s become something of an expert when it comes to finding the best gluten-free spots in cities across the United States and beyond in Europe. She has an entire section on her blog dedicated to gluten-free diet guides, covering cities like Los Angeles, Portland, and Chicago. It is a good idea to take some time before your trip to look around your hotel and the sights you plan to visit. “By finding restaurants for every day and booking them in advance, it will not only add a little more structure to your days, but it will also take away the stress and uncertainty of finding something to eat every day.”

Consider self-catering accommodation

“Having a dietary requirement is always a learning process, and eating out can be a bit stressful for some people,” says Schlick. “You might feel better if you cook your own food and stick to your own routine.”

Celiacs can also be sensitive to food in general, and drastic dietary changes can be uncomfortable and cause bloating. Self-catering accommodation is a great option for people who don’t want to disrupt their diet routine or eating habits too much, whether it’s an Airbnb, a resort apartment, or something more unusual like a glamping pod.

Spend a little extra time planning to save yourself a lot of hassle when traveling and enjoy all the gluten-free indulgence your heart desires.

You can find more gluten-free travel tips on Erika Schlick’s blog, path to health.

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