Vacations will be hard.

My boyfriend and I love traveling and eating at local places, trying new things. But celiac disease will really limit what I can eat while out. It seems everything on every menu contains gluten.

Hula pie would be out. The oreo cookie crust contains gluten.

Hula pie would be out. Oreo crust has gluten.

It doesn’t help that I love foods that contain gluten. Waffles and pancakes. Garlic bread and pasta. Local beers.

Hawaii was an eye opener. I tried to limit my gluten to one meal a day. When I “saved” my gluten for dinner I felt fine all day.

We always research ahead of time where we are going to go. There were very few places that had specific gluten-free items on their menu. I had to assume with a lot of things that appeared to be gluten-free.

I think the hardest meal for me was breakfast. On vacations I love stuffing myself silly with crazy pancake or waffle dishes. I don’t eat a lot of pancakes or waffles usually so it is a special treat. I may not be able to have these ever again, as most places aren’t offering a gluten-free versions of pancakes or waffles.

All of these things I can figure out how to make at home. There are alternatives available. I will struggle while eating out, while on vacation. I know if this is celiac disease I have to give up gluten. I will feel much better but (and as bad as this sounds) giving up gluten makes me feel depressed.

One night while we were looking over menus for the next day I became very upset. I didn’t want to eat anywhere because everything I wanted on the menus would make me sick. I didn’t want to go somewhere where I would have to pick a sub par breakfast item. I didn’t want the omelet. I wanted the brioche french toast.

I love being able to just order anything off the menu. To go anywhere to eat. But now this freedom is in danger of being taken from me. I don’t have a choice anymore. I think this is what makes it most difficult. I will have to pick a runner-up meal over what I really want.

Categories: Gluten Free


Jenna Volden has a degree in business and has spent the last 10 plus years working for others. She believes it is time to start her own photography and writing business. She enjoys running, coffee and helping others achieve their goals. Gluten-free foods are a lifestyle, not a choice, for her due to celiac disease. She is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.