The Wandering Celiac: An Introduction

Hi! I’m new at this please be gentle!

My name is Jenni and I am a wanderer at heart. I am wife to the most patient wonderful husband in the world, mom to the most awesome rambunctious boys ever and I have celiac disease. My oldest son also has food allergies to eggs, soy and peanuts.

When I was first diagnosed a little over two years ago I was lucky if I didn’t get myself sick in my own kitchen. Then we were set back to relearning how to cook when my son was diagnosed. It was a hard fought battle and though there are still accidents, they are few and far between.

Being a wanderer at heart it wasn’t long before my feet got itchy again, haha, as soon as summer set in that first year really. Then the task of feeding myself and my family safely got more interesting. There are countless gluten free and food allergy resources on the net. Finding solid information beyond the traditional travel advice of “eat a salad” was another story.

We live in Alaska and love to explore her nooks and crannies. More often than not we are lucky to see a restaurant, let alone one with gluten, soy, egg and peanut free options. Gone were the easy days of sandwiches and peanut butter crackers. Even with gluten free bread options, finding one made without egg or soy has yet to happen.

There were days that we spent ten hours on the ocean surviving on Barney Butter packets, fruit leather and juice boxes. It was difficult walking past the smells of real food while we loaded the boat, knowing we had another hour and a half before we made it home. Then it was time to split forces and cook dinner while my husband cleaned fish.

We have made some progress in more pleasantly feeding the family while continuing our wanderings. Traveling is only getting easier as the kids get older, I’m not about to stop exploring now. From rough camping to nice hotels and everywhere in between we have fed ourselves warm meals now. Hopefully my trials and tribulations with food allergies, celiac disease and itchy feet will help someone else trying to stay healthy on the road! Thanks for joining me on this newest journey.

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