Prepping for a gluten free holiday

Hooray! the holidays are here – well my holidays are anyway! I carried lots of annual leave over from last year so conscious I need to get using them pretty soon. So we have got a fortnight off snowboarding. That’s right… A WHOLE FORTNIGHT in the mountains!

I’m excited.

I’m also making sure that I am well covered with gluten free treats to take with me to keep me on the straight and narrow. Keep me away from the muffins… the croissants and the beer at the end of the day. We decided to go self catering so it should be easy enough to control and for the next 2 days my to do list looks a little like this:-

  • Check-in online and print boarding passes
  • Print details for accommodation, insurance and airport parking
  • Pack cases and all equipment
  • Charge Kindle
  • Handover at work (no one wants the stress of work on hols)
  • Go to the shops and get what I can for Gluten free goodies!
  • Take dogs to kennels

And the other thing to note is – we are on a budget. We do not have hundreds of euros per day allocated for spending money… so any nuggets of info will have a pretty tight bank account in mind!

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Gluten Free Holiday!

Hola!

After a good 2 weeks off on holiday I am back in the (not so sunny) UK, and already back in the swing of things. A fortnight in Mexico is just what the Doctor ordered. Beautiful blue skies. Warm tropical sea. Cocktails at the bar. And more All inclusive food than you can shake a stick at!

Holidays are all about letting your hair down and letting your waistline go, but it is still super important that whilst you are enjoying yourself… you remember to make the right meal choices so you can enjoy the holiday from your sun lounger – not from your air conditioned bedroom!!!

Breakfast

This is probably the easiest meal of the day to get right.

Avoid

  • Cakes
  • Sticky buns
  • Cereals
  • Sausage
  • Pancakes
  • Porridge (you cannot guarantee it is only oats)
  • Barley juice drinks

Stick to

  • Fruit
  • Yoghurt
  • Eggs
  • Omelet
  • Bacon

Lunch

Avoid

  • Bread
  • Wraps
  • Sausage
  • Breaded chicken and meats
  • Burgers
  • Battered fish
  • Cooking sauces

Stick to

  • Salad
  • Potatoes
  • Meats (no sauce or batter)
  • Vegetables

A la Carte

Be sensible when you look at the menu here. You are abroad. Not everywhere is geared up to food allergies, I mean, lets face it, the UK is only just getting its head around food intolerance so we need to be a little bit patient.

  • Ask for your main meal to come without sauce or gravy
  • Dont get tempted by bread rolls
  • Check to see how they thicken soup
  • Choose the meal on the menu which is least likely to have wheat in its cooking process.

You can work up a real appetite on holiday, but if you follow these basic rules as a minimum – you can pretty much guarantee that the only thing that can interrupt you will be the weather, mosquitoes and too much tequila!