Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Going Gluten Free in Mexico

We are just back from a trip to Mexico. We love to go in January, just after the holidays. And it was great, as always. This time I had to figure out how to incorporate a mostly gluten free diet into my week.

I took with me gluten free crackers, instant oatmeal, peanut butter and a loaf of Rudi's gluten free bread. I had no problems with customs. I was told by an ex-patriot that they don't much care except for meat and fruit products so long as they are unopened and in original packaging.

Since we were staying in a condo, cooking for ourselves was easy. There was a new grocery store near where we were staying and I was able to buy yogurt, cheese and bananas. Breakfast was either oatmeal and a banana, or yogurt with peanut butter toast. So lunch every day was a grilled cheese sandwich. I eat them often at home so it was fine by me.

Eating out dinner was easy too because I ate fresh fish and sauteed veggies almost every night. I found a Thai restaurant that served the best Pad Thai - what a treat! One night, I broke down and we ordered pizza. It wasn't that great so I wasn't tempted to eat more than two slices.

The hardest thing was avoiding the bakery items. They have great bakery products in Mexico and my family liberally indulged. It was hard not being able to eat anything. But then again, I avoided the extra calories! Next time, I will likely bring some gluten free cookies so I can have a little treat too.

Traveling is hard when trying to eat gluten free. It is complicated by a language barrier. But I am proud of myself for doing so well!

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