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celiac and vacations

Updated on April 3, 2013


The vacation was booked and the fear kicked in, will there be food there for me to eat? Will I live on salads all week. Thank goodness I was diagnosed in a day where labels are there to bold the allergens. Of course this happened a little bit after my diagnosis, but it definitely helps now.

My first cruise was to be fun, but even after several calls to the cruiseline and reading all the posts on their site, I was still nervous. It was all for nothing. The cruise went wonderful, I did have one waitress cross contaminate the bread, but before she put it on the table, I caught it and it was very quickly rectified. Since this trip, I'm back to the fear of trying a different cruiseline, but when I decide to breakdown and book the cruise, I'm confident the worrying will be for nothing as well. Just to get to that point.

My big fear is now going abroad to Ireland. I'm planning a trip there, but since it is out of the country, I am not certain how up-to-date the chefs/cooks/B&Bs will be on gluten free food preparation. I guess this will be a test for me.

I do plan to take some protein bars just to be safe. This should hold me over just in case.

Vacations to Hawaii have been shockingly great! There are so many restaurants that offer gluten free menus that it makes enjoying your vacation that much more relaxing.

Going back to being diagnosed now as opposed to years ago, my cousin was diagnosed back in the mid-1960s and I cannot imagine what he suffered growing up and having to eat at school. Where we went to school, the lunch room was in our gym and it was the same menu for everyone. I do have to say, you had the option to eat their food or bring a bag, so he must have brought his own. I didn't have to think about this growing up as it wasn't me who had to worry. I wish I knew then how bad wheat is and was.

What I found out shortly after being diagnosed was that most Celiacs also end up with an allergy to Soybean Oil proteins too. I immediately when down to be tested and sure enough, I was a positive for the allergy. One more thing to watch for on the menu.

So you folks just being diagnosed, please feel free to ask your waitperson to find out what ingredients are in the food you eat; most are very cooperative.

Happy travels and stay healthy.



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    • icmn91 profile image

      icmn91 5 years ago from Australia

      It's great to know that most wait-staff are cooperative and supportive. Unfortunately my University experience here "Down Under" was the first one where people outrightly lied to me (I have discussed my awful gluten free experience in greater detail at and would love to get your input with regard to this matter) and I became sick as a result.

      Again, welcome to the community and I look forward to reading more of your work.

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Welcome to HubPages, Kellie! I know many who have to have the gluten free diet and need to call ahead. Thanks for the information. People need to be aware of what they can do to enjoy life when they need to watch everything they eat.

      Again, welcome! Check out the Learning Center to help you with hubbing! :-)