Fun Times at Summer Camp....and Gluten-Free Too!
By Adriana Sensenbrenner, Delight Contributor
Summer is a time free from the hectic schedule of your academic year, free from homework, and free from other commitments. But it may not be an easy gluten-free time if you are away from home at a summer camp. So, what should you do to make sure you have an amazing summer that's packed with fantastic memories and awesome food?
Here are some helpful tips for staying gluten-free, symptom free and guilt-free all summer!
- Call the camp ahead of time to talk to the administrative staff about your dietary restrictions and special accommodations.
- Bring your own favorite substitutes: frozen waffles, bagels, bread and cereal for breakfast; bread, power bars and snacks for those hikes; and hamburger and hot dog buns for the BBQ; and gluten-free graham crackers for s'mores for the campfire.
- Be a Gluten-Free Advocate for yourself and help educate your peers about gluten free diets. You never know, perhaps your roommate or buddy is among the 97% of the population who remains undiagnosed with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.
- Bring a journal. Keep a food diary and log in what you ate and how you felt. You may uncover hidden sources of gluten in foods: cause and effect. And, keeping a journal is a good idea anyway to remember all your fun times and friends you made over the summer.
Your GFF (gluten-free friend),
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Posted on Sat, November 12, 2011
by Adriana Sensenbrenner filed under