There are a few things I've learnt since cutting out gluten: you will never stop missing the taste of Montreal bagels, your friends will keep asking you if fruits or vegetables are gluten-free, and the most important thing is to be prepared – especially when travelling.
Luckily, more and more restaurants are starting to accommodate various dietary restrictions. However, it is important that you are prepared with tips and tricks to make your vacation eating seamless and avoid any unwanted reaction that can ruin your trip.
Keep reading for my tips and tricks on gluten-free travel!
- Research. Research. Research. Call your hotel(s) in advance to make sure your room has a refrigerator. Look up the local restaurants to see if they have gluten-free options and Google stores that carry gf options. Read up on the local food culture and what ingredients are commonly used.
- Eat naturally gluten-free foods. Keep it simple. Order foods that have a minimal chance of cross-contamination. Stick to fruits, vegetables, fish and chicken. Bad reactions tend to be caused by eating foods that are made gluten-free, like gluten-free pizza or pasta.
- Be prepared. Pack snacks that you know are safe for you to eat. Especially in the airport, the worst thing is starving in an airport with no gluten-free food options. Pack travel friendly snacks like nuts, dried fruit, granola and protein bars. Buy fresh fruit in the airport or local grocery store to have on hand at all times.
- Bring backup. Digestion and stomach issues while travelling are inevitable. It is important that you are prepared with items that you know help ease symptoms. Pack ginger or peppermint tea for nausea and digestion issues. Make sure to bring some Pepto and Immmodium too!
Enjoy these tips and if you have any other gluten-free travel questions comment below!
Gluten-Free Banana Bread that is BETTER than the original!
The not so secret anymore to my Banana Bread is that I used 4 bananas. Yes, 4 bananas, Its a must. That’s what makes it so moist and has everyone asking for more than one slice! *TIP: If you are having trouble getting 4 ripe bananas at one time, set your oven to 350F and bake the bananas on a baking sheet for 30-50 minutes until they turn black and shiny.
I am not a fan of chocolate chips in my Banana Bread, but if you are, you can add them into the batter or sprinkle them on top.
With out further adieu, here’s the recipe!
GF Banana Bread
1 stick of butter, melted (can sub for coconut butter or oil)
1/2 cup white sugar or coconut sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar or brown coconut sugar
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all purpose GF flour (or regular all purpose flour)
2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup of greek yogurt or coconut yogurt
4 very ripe bananas, mashed (I use medium-large sized ones)
- Preheat oven to 350F. Grease or spray a 9 inch loaf pan, set aside.
- In a large bowl whisk together the melted butter, and sugars. Add the eggs one and a time and vanilla and whisk until smooth.
- Sprinkle the flour, baking soda and salt over the butter mixture and stir to mix until just combined. Fold in the bananas and sour cream.
- Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 60 minutes or until crust is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool until warm before serving.
You are what you eat.
If you know me, you know that I am a product hoarder. Makeup, skincare, hair products, you name it, I’ve tried EVERYTHING! Now don’t get me wrong, I do believe that a solid skincare routine can change your skin for the better. However, I am a firm believer and prime example of the saying you are what you eat.
Before eliminating gluten from my diet, I went through a major rough patch with my skin. Never having teenage acne, having break outs at the age of 23 made no sense to me. I tried almost EVERY product and spend thousands of dollars trying to fix the issue from the outside. Not only to help with the acne breakouts, but also to help with the eczema breakouts that were all over my body.
One of the first symptoms I saw disappear when going off gluten was my eczema. In barely a week, all the red, itchy patches on my skin disappeared and now I rarely get an outbreak. As I cleaned up my diet even more, my acne started to clear and my skin started to glow again.
I believe that eating foods that helped me clean out my gut, prevent inflammation and maintain balance in my body cleared my skin. Keep reading for what foods I found to have helped my skin the most. Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or dietitian, this is just to give you insight on what I know has worked for me.
- Cut out refined sugar. Refined sugar spikes insulin levels which cause inflammation in the body. Inflammation causes acne and eczema breakouts, therefore it is important to find foods that reduce it, not cause it.
- Eat anti-inflammatory foods. Not only do we want to eliminate inflammation causing foods, we want to eat ones that help reduce existing inflammation. Foods and spices such as green-leafy vegetables, celery, beets, pineapple, ginger and turmeric work to reduce inflammation.
- Cut out dairy. The theory behind this is that dairy can cause an over-production of hormones. This increase in hormones (such as progesterone and insulin) can lead to increased inflammation, aging and acne. Especially, if you are allergic to dairy or lactose intolerant (DUH.)
- Drink a glass of lemon water each morning. Lemon water right when you wake up helps to detoxify the body and boost your metabolism. It also helps to alkaline the body and balance pH levels. This in turn reduces skin inflammation and flare ups.
- Cut out coffee. As a coffee addict, this was one of the hardest things for me to do and I am still not completely off coffee. However, coffee is a diuretic which means it dehydrates the body and skin. Since the key to good skin is hydration, too much coffee can dry out the skin and give you under eye circles. Replace your coffee with green tea or matcha, to benefit from the caffeine without the dehydration. I’ve been drinking the YOUR TEA Skin Magic Tea everyday and have been noticing a difference in the clarity and brightness of my skin.
- Drink more water. HYDRATE. HYDRATE. HYDRATE. How many times have we heard those models with perfect skin say its all about hydration. As annoying as it may sound when they say it, hydration is VITAL to maintain good skin. At least 8 cups of H2O a day is recommended, more if you work out.
- Eat lots of healthy fats. Heathy fats such as fish, nuts, avocado, olive oil and coconut oil are irreplaceable in repairing cells, reducing inflammation and healing the skin. Increase your intake of these healthy fats to see a difference in your skin and body.
Hope you guys enjoyed these tips and can’t wait to hear about your experience with cleaning up your diet!