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Gluten Free Food Frustration

Posted on February 8, 2013

Most of my previous gluten free blogs have been cheerful, hopeful, or thankful.

This one … uh, not so much.

That’s not to say that this is completely negative or a GF rant.  But, after two weekends in a row of travel, I have had it with food frustration.

We all know what that is … being on the road or visiting someone, and not having anything … at all … to eat.  All right, I’m being a little dramatic.  I did pack my Sweet Ali’s stash of cheesy rolls and banana chocolate chip loaf as well as hard boiled eggs and sliced turkey.  I knew that I was going to the middle of nowhere and that I should plan and provide.  As luck would have it, the hotel fridge was aggressively cold and froze everything.  So much for protein.  The hotel breakfast was questionable, so I went without and hoped to make it up at lunch.  Are you sensing a gluten free meltdown?

The massive headache hit about 2:00, and all I could do was go back to the hotel and rest.  For dinner, my thoughtful family searched for a Five Guys Burgers and found one, and 45 minutes later I happily inhaled my safe, gluten free burger in my own disposable aluminum tin and delicious, salty, gluten free fries.

So instead of cheerful, hopeful, and thankful, this blog is more tired, annoyed, and frustrated.  It is not that difficult to have fresh, clean food available for all to enjoy.  And why is it so challenging for us GF folks to demand that we eat?  A complete meal?  At meal time?  Are we too polite or afraid to be inconvenient?

All I know is that my food frustration hit an all-time high last Saturday afternoon.  Five Guys remedied it a bit.  But by Sunday morning, when my Find Me Gluten Free app led me to a diner (of all places!) that had gluten free pancakes, bread for toast, and safe cooking surfaces for my eggs and hash browns, I almost wanted to jump up and give Mary our server a big hug.  She brought me an iced tea and said, “Hon, don’t you worry.  We know what we’re doin’.”

Yes, Mary, you did.  And you made one tired, annoyed, and frustrated gluten free girl very cheerful, hopeful, and thankful.

 

Please share with us your road trip tips, personal strategies, or hidden gems.  The best information we get is through our shared GF experiences. 

And check out our July 16, 2012 blog for more helpful apps to guide you as you travel gluten free.

3 thoughts on “Gluten Free Food Frustration

  1. Sarah Pie on February 12, 2013 at 2:31 pm said:

    Not knowing if I’m going to be able to eat while traveling is one of the worst feelings in the world (almost as bad as feeling like a bag lady carrying my own GF stash!). Thanks for sharing the like to that app, I had never heard of it before and it looks awesome 🙂

    • nikki on March 4, 2013 at 10:15 pm said:

      I too, Sarah, feel like a bag lady with my huge cooler bag! I’m so glad that you’ve tried out the Find Me Gluten Free app. It has helped me from Tennessee to the middle of Delaware and lots in between.

  2. Kelsey on March 24, 2013 at 11:30 am said:

    I agree. I’m not only GF, but SF, DF, and EF. I am even packing a blender so I don’t have to chance it at breakfast time on the road

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