Since I was diagnosed with gluten, dairy and soy allergies seventeen years ago I have found traveling to not only be stressful but challenging when visiting new cities. When I found out I was also severely allergic to eggs, goat’s milk and corn last October I haven’t traveled at all because of so many limitations. I went on a 180 day elimination diet because eggs, goat’s milk and corn showed up later in life and was told that if I healed my gut that I might be able to re-introduce those three. I ended my eliminationdiet on May 30th and have had no issues with any of them.
I’m currently attending BlogWorld Expo in New York City and have made it an extended trip because I was born here and still have lots of friends and family here. I packed a sandwich, an apple, muffins and crackers for my five hour flight out because airlines and airports don’t have options that I feel safe with. Bringing food with you is my biggest recommendation for traveling because planning ahead is key.
I’ve been in New York for three days now and I immediately went to the store to stock up on snacks throughout the day and have found it relatively easy to find gluten-free options in the city. I currently use two apps on a regular basis which are Find Me Gluten Free and Shop Well. Find Me Gluten Free has helped me find gluten-free restaurants because it’s a location based mobile app. I also love Shop Well because it allows you to create a profile of your food allergies and you can scan bar codes on the packages of food in stores which will then let you know if it’s safe to eat or not.
As of now I’ve eaten at four different restaurants and the knowledge and options has been phenomenal. I feel extremely safe because the staff has been trained. When I return from my trip I will do a complete review of the restaurants that I’ve eaten at in hopes that if your travels take you here, then you will have some options to choose from.