We're about to take our first trip with both girls not being able to eat gluten. While I have become a seasoned veteran at traveling with dietary restrictions, I realize that the girls are a little less willing to deal with limited choices than I am.
I have certainly had to think about what we will be doing and how to keep everyone happy because upset stomachs on vacation are the last thing we need!
What is on the agenda? A day trip to Arches National Park. We can pack a picnic lunch and plenty of snacks while we take in the scenery and get some exercise hiking around.
Next up… a couple of nights in Denver. I did my research ahead of time and selected a hotel with a microwave and fridge, as well as being located near restaurants with kid-friendly gluten-free menus.
And if we can squeeze it in…one more day trip to a living farm and restaurant in Paonia. I read about the farm this past holiday season, but we never got the chance to visit. The girls will love visiting the farm, and springtime is always the best for seeing baby animals! The restaurant serves from farm to table, and their menu advertises many gluten- and dairy-free options for breakfast and lunch.
Having food allergies is no reason to be home bound! I remember when I was first diagnosed, I thought I would never travel again, but through trial and error, I have learned how to make the most of vacation time.
Mary Cornforth Cawood is a Fruita mom who is married with two daughters. Read her Tuesdays on Fruita Moms.