…even though after Celiac diagnosis, to travel can look like an Everest of a challenge.
I like good long trips -- the sort that throw me halfway across the world. That looked much easier prior to Celiac diagnosis, even though I was overwhelmed by symptoms at times. Oy, I never wondered or worried about where I would eat. I would eat whatever you tossed in front in me.
In France, breakfast bread, croissants, coffee, eggs, toast. In Croatia, braided sweetbreads, baguettes. In Ireland, toast again. Across the continental United States, packaged cold cereals, porridges, coagulated-cheese pastries, and sticky motel-morning muffins.
I didn't worry. But I did hurt.
But now I travel a bit differently. Now, actually, I'm resenting not being on the road -- because the bloody best social consciousness blogging event is in swing in LA, (Shift Con -- check it out, and join in via social media); and the always-wonderful Nikki and her Gluten Free/Allergen Free Wellness Event is hitting Connecticut this Sunday. No matter where I am, how close or far though, I'm always traveling.
Life is travel. If it isn't, we're dead.
All the same, I feel the most free hitting the road. Perhaps it's the challenge. Perhaps it's the defiance -- defying Celiac to control or restrict my life -- I do love to defy. Something about routine and safety always risks smothering and stultifying life, and it's easy to fall back on the "safe" food, the "safe" routine, with Celiac, until one is not safe, but strait-jacketed. Travelling has been a way to play with food, experiment with life, and exercise joy and trust.
It's not all my way, or smooth-sailing. But there is always a way to thrive, travelling or home. Because we always have the resource we need when we're willing to meet it.
That brings me to this last week. I had the opportunity to help a friend, and to take a day-trip, and to do some shuttling-of-students -- and it kept me on-the-road, if not too far off my beaten path, certainly out of my beaten routine. And it gave the chance to play with food, and break out of a routine that was getting like concrete-boots to my feet.
I always eat breakfast at home. It's my largest meal. I feel most vulnerable in the mornings. And it's hard to cart 4 eggs, gluten-free toast, cereal or pancakes, nut butter, soy milk, and half a pint of fruit on the road.
We all need to let go sometimes. But I might re-phrase that: We all get to --and this week, waking at 4am to head out, it struck me that this was what I loved about traveling, because when I let go, I get to experience my resilience, and the surprise of not knowing what I'll get, while trusting I can get what I need.
It also lead to the creation of a Gluten-Free Acai Bowl, layered and frozen to make a huge celiac-safe breakfast.
And it turned out like a fox-on-fire BRILLIANT.
I never would have tried it had I not been forced to. (Still, I managed to cart eggs and toast along.)
If you want to replicate it, here's the recipe:
Tumbling GF Acai Bowl
[ dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, high-protein ]
1/2 Sambazon Unsweetened Acai Smoothie Pack
1/2 Organic Ripe Banana
1/2 c. Erewhon Buckwheat Hemp Flakes
1 tbs favourite gluten-free granola
1/4 c. So Delicious Vanilla Coconut Milk
1/4 c. West Soy Organic Soy Milk
1/4 c. Organic (pureed) Pumpkin or Winter Squash
1/4 tsp stevia
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 tbs Organic Go Raw Sprouted Sunflower Seeds
1 tsp Raw Cacao Nibs
[ Continue on over to TUMBLING GLUTEN FREE to get the full recipe! ]
Thanks to a friend who works internally with Sambazon for the acai, which I'd never tried. (I never like the idea of acai bowls: oy, all puree with more fruit on top? Nothing to stick to my ribs? But this one was ace.) And Erewhon? Thank you for a ceral that tops Raisin Bran any day, and makes a cast-iron crunch for the smooth base of this breakfast bowl. (I love Erewhon. All the time. Best celiac cereal ever, and a whole-food, 3-4 ingredient cereal for anytime snacking.)
But if you're out there and able to hit the road for a bit longer, hit up the GFAF Wellness Event in Hartford, CT. Register for Shift Con next year.
Make something new, and don't get rigid with restriction. Tumble free -- we need to be flexible to experience life, and tumbling -- and living well after food intolerance or Celiac Disease really means traveling. Travelling from fear and illness into resilience, confidence, and the balance of experimenting with the new free of fear.
Challenge is good. Travelling -- it's what we do when we're alive. And Celiac Disease is a life-diagnosis, not a death-sentence.
|On the road,
breakfast in hand.