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Just explain to them that if your children get gluten that it damages their intestines and that they will have a hard time growing up without the proper nutrient that other children get. If they can't understand that then you may have to find another place to stay where you can use the food that you brought or buy for them.
When we travel I try to take everything with me as well and check ahead with where we are going for gluten free restaurant choices. If staying with family and friends I try to plan meals with my hosts and shop and prepare meals together. Planning ahead and communication seems to have worked the best. Also letting others know foods that are safe for you...Plain meats, veggies, fruit and rice are helpful and bringing along your own gluten free bread, cereal, pasta, baking mix and snacks to help add to meals will help. My biggest concern about our travel plans this year are related to planning for daily exercise. I can't take along my exercise bike on our camping trip. We do stay at an RV resort with a pool so am thinking about taking a "kick board" and swimming laps and we are taking our bikes and spending time at the beach. Hope to get to ride and walk lots at the beach. Vacations are fun but being out of the routine I have established to get healthy will be a little challenging. One note for you as your travel...Shari's restaurant pack all of their meats in a solution that contains wheat and Black Angus restaurants also do not guarantee any of there meals are gluten free. Applebees and Outback have gluten free menus though. Smiles Barb
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We're going across country this summer, and my daughter and I are a bit concerned. So, we're using the atlas and the Internet to see where there are healthy places to eat as we go. I do know that Denny's and IHOP are not good places for somone who is GF.
I think we'll mostly stop at supermarkets and buy things, and perhaps just have salads any time we need to be at a restaurant.
At my in-laws, I provide my own cereal, and Rudy's bread for sandwiches. I also buy some of the groceries, so I know I have what I need. Is your destination in a small town? That can be harder, but not impossible.
I hope lots of people will post their experiences. I do know that Carl's JR. has a lettuce wrapped burger, and their fries are safe.
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So... we're planning a few road trips this summer to visit relatives and I'm wondering how difficult this is going to be. We always try to pack healthy foods for our family on the road so we don't do fast foods much, but occassionally it's just necessary. Also, we'll be staying with family and friends and I"m pretty paranoid right now (I don't even use regular flour in my house any more for fear of it hanging around and dropping on surfaces - not even when I bake goodies for my kids and others) and I don't want to come into someone else's house toting all my groceries with me. Our family/friends are very concerned about me, so I'm not worried about stepping on toes - I just wonder if there are some tricks that some of you long-time gluten-free folks have learned that could make this easier on me, my family and our hosts....
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