Gluten Free Travel can have its ups and downs. For one travel in and of itself can make it difficult to get much writing done.
Excuses excuses. I do have many of them for not posting lately, and many good intentions. Life has been in an upheaval lately and I just can’t seem to find my way to getting a post completed. Currently as I write this post I am buckled into an aircraft seat with two and a half hours to freedom. So with nowhere to go and I’m two cheap to pay for wifi, thus no surfing the net, I write. I’m settled in, it’s relatively quiet, I am heading to Denver, my hometown for my mama’s 75th birthday bash. Once I arrive the next six days will be filled with family, a big birthday bash, more family and heat. It’s going to be 95 degrees, I can already hear myself complaining.
Once again, traveling means extra challenges to the way I eat. It doesn’t have to be that way but when you are with groups of people and not the hostess with the mostess it can have its ups and downs. What’s your best way if dealing with gluten-free on the fly?
I usually try to have a few snacks made and ready to pack, like some Trail Mix Energy Balls. Not this time, it has been a very hectic time prior to this trip and my brain hadn’t even had the remote chance of planning. I was packing 20 minutes prior to having to leave. Then add to that either, drive two hours over the Bridge and through the woods to the airport or, over the bridge, sail on a ferry, jump in a taxi, suffer through some Seattle traffic, thank goodness I’m not the one driving, and arrive at the airport. Thankfully my son-in-law was thoughtful and picked me up some gluten-free treats at the local cafe and sent me on my way with them. Wasn’t he nice to think of a detail like that? Traveling treats! So awesome to be thought of and not the one doing all the planning. Find that person in your life that is the one that so often does the cooking or planning and do something nice for them. Trust me, she will be oh so thankful.
This weekend is full of memories. The husband and son-in-law are pedaling their annual STP, Seattle to Portland bike trip. Sounds like fun? Yeah right, haha. Sounds like torture to me. My daughter and grandson are joining me for the birthday festivities in Colorado. I think I got the best end of this deal.
I did do some food prepping that did take some prior thought and planning. For the first time on a trip that involved an airplane I packed my Vitamix! Yes I did. Also all the fixings minus the bananas and avocados(I’ve discovered I like it better without the avocado) for my Cacao smoothie. So in the mornings, afternoons or evenings when I feel the need (note I said need not desire, :)) for a cacao smoothie, bam! I can have one. Helps for when the food around you might not be what you feel you should eat, ie: ice cream, gluten laden birthday cake, you get the picture. Right?
It helps to do a little planning, even though taking my Vitamix might be a little extreme, I think I’m going to be thankful I did. Just pick up some bananas and I’m good to go. Maybe I’ll even pick up some greens and fruits and hand out samples at the birthday party, haha just kidding. Wouldn’t want to be known as here comes my aunt the tree hugger, hey I wouldn’t mind really, we all could use more veggies and healthy options. Hope you all enjoy your weekend, I know I will. Remember to take time for family, even if it means you sacrifice something else, and give it all you got to eat healthy too.