Step 3: Further incorporating the gluten-free lifestyle

Picture of Further incorporating the gluten-free lifestyle
A.  Traveling tips
The surest way to be prepared to travel is to investigate in advance the types of options your destination offers in the way of gluten-free foods, such as grocery stores and eateries.  General internet searches, such as you would make in Step 2 in regards to where you live, are the most productive.  Finding a website, like Urban Spoon, that you can depend on for good information is valuable, but keeping your search general will prevent you from missing any good resources that might be dependent on where you are going.

Once you have assessed your destination's situation, you can determine how much of your own food and go-to snacks you will need to bring.  Essentially, when you travel, the best method of preparation is knowing whether you need to bring or buy most of your food.

B. Holiday eating
Make your food from scratch, and you can restore all of your old holiday favorites by using tips from Step 1! See the image below for my first gluten and soy free Thanksgiving, including ham, stuffing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy, and chocolate bourbon pecan pie (not shown).

C.  One last food tip
Because gluten based foods often do the best job of making a person feel satisfied or full, black beans are a good, cheap, and easy meal alternative.  Just add some veggies to your canned beans in a pan, season them to taste, and sautee them until the veggies begin to brown and the beans are warm.  This dish is flexible to taste preference and always satisfying.  Enjoy!

D.  Being a good guest or companion for your gluten-free friend
The most important element of making your gluten-free friend feel comfortable is being understanding of his/her needs, not being overly sympathetic or pitying.  Being understanding includes being aware that compromise in finding good food to eat for the both of you might require more effort.  Understanding also requires a general working knowledge of their nutritional needs so that you can be more capable in finding compromise.

Additionally, a degree of sensitivity is also fundamental.  It involves making sure that your friend, or family member, does not feel like he/she is putting you out in anyway.  This sensitivity goes along with being understanding of his/her needs.  Having a gluten allergy or intolerance should not make you feel like you are a burden.