It’s summertime! And there’s nothing better than spending the rest of the season somewhere far away. But just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you have to be reckless on the foods you eat while traveling. If you’re a person that’s following a Paleo or Gluten-Free diet plan and want to maintain it even when you’re traveling, then this article is for you. Listed below are eight tips to keep in mind on how to achieve that goal. Let’s read on to find out!
Research About the Restaurant You’re Dining In
- Before you dine at some fancy restaurants at your destination, it’s important to do your research first to know what meal they had in store in their menu. This will help you to choose which restaurant serves gluten-free meals and the like.
Always Check the Menu
- Be smart and check the menu of the restaurant you’re in before ordering. Check if they have a gluten-free section and see if they offer enough meals for you. There are times where some restaurants have outdated gluten-free menus, so when you spot one, always approach their cook and see what’s available.
Educate the Server
- Let the server or waiter understand that you’re undergoing a diet and requesting to remove a particular ingredient in your meal is normal. A Gluten-Free card is also important so if you have one, don’t forget to bring it and show it to the waiter whenever you order.
Beware of Gluten-Free Grains
- Not everything “gluten-free” is considered healthy, and one example of this is grains. Grains are hard to digest and contains toxic molds that can have a negative effect on people that are gluten intolerant. Meals that contain grains should definitely be avoided so check other meals that don’t contain
Opt for High-Quality Foods
- And don’t be afraid to spend on one. People that are gluten sensitive must not eat low quality food is this may lead to serious health issues. Fruits and veggies may be contaminated with insecticides sprayed on them at their farms so be careful on picking one. Corn-fed beef may be contaminated with E-coli that’s harmful to our bodies so pick one that is grass-fed.
Heated/Oxidized Oils is a Big NO
- Beware on eating meals that use vegetable oils. Some of them are being heated/oxidized during its processing stage that may cause inflammation in the arteries and small intestine once consumed. These kind of oils are often used by restaurants because of its cheap If you want to stay safe, ask the server if they can cook your food using real butter instead of oil. Don’t be afraid to pay extra for it if they do. At least you’re putting your health on top of your priority first before anything else.
Rent a Hotel Room with a Kitchen
- For your accommodation needs, it’s important to book one with a kitchen. You can then shop at local supermarkets and cook your own gluten-free recipes at your disposal.
Trust Your Instincts
- If you have a really bad feeling about something inside a restaurant, then don’t be afraid to head for the door. As mentioned on the previous tip, you can cook your own meals instead to ensure a much safer eating experience while you’re at it.