If you have Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity you have probably skipped a meal or two. Why? You may have been too embarrassed or shy to request your gluten-free food, you may have been in a rush and forgot to pack a snack, or you may have been stuck in the airport with nothing to eat. How can you prevent your hunger pains from returning? Never leave home without these three things:
- A snack: Protein bars and gluten-free trail mix are easy to pack and can hold you over when gluten-free options are not otherwise available. Nogii bars are gluten-free, high in protein, contain no high fructose corn syrup, and can hold you over for a few hours.
- Your smart phone: When you are unsure of the gluten free status of restaurants, ingredients, and food products, your smart phone can save the day. Searching the Web can save your stomach. CanIEatHere.com is an allergy friendly restaurant and recipe guide that can help you as you travel.
- Your confidence: It can be difficult to be the only at the table who follows a gluten-free diet. It takes confidence to be able to put your health first. Telling your grandma you cannot eat the cookies she made with love is not fun, but the consequences of eating them are worse. If you are attending a dinner party, call the host(ess) ahead of time and inform her of your dietary restrictions. Most people will do their best to accommodate you. If they can’t? That’s why you packed your snack.
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