Hello and welcome! I live in London (UK) and I’m very lucky to have had the opportunity to travel all over the world – my itchy feet have taken me to over 60 countries. I absolutely love checking out the local shops and markets for interesting fruit, vegetables and gluten free products when I’m abroad.
I believe very passionately that having Coeliac (Celiac) disease or a gluten intolerance (and in my case a nut allergy) should not hold you back from enjoying life’s pleasures whether they are food or travel. Travelling gluten free does mean more preparation is required in researching dining options before your trip but I’ve found the rewards from the small things in life are now far greater. Discovering clear and comprehensive gluten free labeling in Argentina, a gluten free ice cream cone stumbled upon in an Umbrian gelateria or the gluten free soup I was offered having hiked up to the top of Snowdon by someone who’d just received his allergy training are all events I recall fondly for their unexpectedness.
In the summer of 2013, and after many years of waiting, the D household was finally joined by beautiful boy / girl twins. They made their first ‘overseas’ trip (to the Isle of Wight!) at 8 weeks old. I can’t wait to show them some of the exciting places I’ve visited as well as explore new shores together.
If you are reading this blog and suspect you have a gluten intolerance but have not been tested for Coeliac disease, please go to your GP and get the blood test (and, if required, subsequent biopsy) done whilst you are still eating gluten. Your test results may come back negative and you may still wish to exclude gluten to make you feel better, but at least you will know. Undiagnosed Coeliac disease can cause all sorts of other complications such as increased risk of osteoporosis, sub-fertility and recurrent miscarriage. There are thought to be approximately 200 symptoms linked to Coeliac disease and it’s possible to have Coeliac disease but have no outward symptoms whatsoever. For further information, please read Coeliac UK’s very helpful website.