Traveling with Celiac
First, pull a squirrel and over pack. As I cram yet another snack inside my shoulder bag, sometimes I let self consciousness overwhelm me. Once again, I'll be the weirdo dragging three day's worth of noms to a one day event.
Second, don't cave to peer pressure or taste-bud temptation. It's hard being the only person with food limitations - especially if others have them, but bend the rules. In the moment, it might seem easier to just eat that dessert your friend swears is gluten free - even if gluten-eaters have already taken a few bites - but it isn't worth it. Trust me.
|Glutening > wisdom teeth|
The fact is, it just isn't worth it - socially or medically. So instead of going for the cool points, dig into those chipmunk cheeks for a safe snack substitute. Your tummy will thank you later!
What has worked for me? Number one, tell your friends about your food needs and worries! At first, I downplayed my celiac diagnosis because I didn't want to sound needy or high maintenance. Now, I spell out explicitly what celiac is (glutening effects and all!), what I can eat, and that I will bring my own food to most activities.
But the one question a celiac should really ask themselves? Do I really want my diagnosis to keep me from the fun?
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