Pathfinders highlight: Carrie Veatch, For Gluten Sake

Carrie tucking into tapioca crepes in Brazil © Carrie Veatch Carrie tucking into tapioca crepes in Brazil © Carrie Veatch

New yr, new Pathfinder highlight! Kicking off 2019 we caught up with Carrie from For Gluten Sake who talks us by life on the highway with a dietary restriction.

Give us the lowdown in your weblog…

My identify is Carrie and I’ve celiac illness, and I’ve but to let it cease me from travelling the world. For Gluten Sake is all about displaying you that, when you have the suitable instruments, it’s greater than potential to journey the world as a celiac. My web site has the biggest listing of 100% gluten-free spots world wide, gluten-free metropolis guides, gluten-free suggestions, lodge critiques and a lot extra!

Describe your journey type in three phrases…

Meals-centred, versatile and adventurous.

Prime three locations you’ve visited?

Hanoi, Rio de Janeiro and Patagonia.

With landscapes like these it's easy to see how Patagonia topped Carrie's travel list © Carrie Veatch With landscapes like these it is easy to see how Patagonia topped Carrie’s journey listing © Carrie Veatch

How has being celiac modified the way in which you journey?

If I am sincere, it hasn’t modified it that a lot. I’ve at all times been one to hold meals on me and might simply get ‘hangry’ if I haven’t got snacks! That stated, it nonetheless has modified when it comes to needing to be extra proactive and I can not at all times be as spontaneous as I might wish to be. Meals is certainly on the centre of my travels now, however I refuse to let celiac illness stand in the way in which of seeing the world.

The entire motive I’ve a web site within the first place is to empower others in a similar way. I used to be additionally discovering that many celiacs weren’t eager to journey except they might eat at 100% gluten-free spots, which is why I launched the itemizing of 100% gluten-free locations in 41 international locations and counting!

Which locations most stunned you when it comes to gluten-free hotspots?

Each Brazil and Tokyo. In Brazil, every little thing on the grocery store must be labelled if it has gluten in. It is superb! And far of the Brazilian weight-reduction plan is of course gluten free (suppose açaí and tapioca crepes, which I am perpetually obsessive about after that journey). Considered one of my present goals is to open up a tapioca meals truck. Tapioca crepes are actually changing into common everywhere in the world.

Tokyo now has six 100% gluten-free spots. I used to be there this summer season and went to all 5 (the sixth opened after I used to be there). That is enormous, as Japan could be difficult to navigate with celiac illness due to all of the soy sauce.

Carrie with the owners of 'Where is a Dog' in Tokyo, a 100% gluten-free restaurant © Carrie Veatch Carrie with the house owners of ‘The place is a Canine’ in Tokyo, a 100% gluten-free restaurant © Carrie Veatch

What one piece of recommendation would you give a traveller who has a dietary restriction?

Do your analysis and do not be afraid to advocate for your self. There are such a lot of superb web sites, Instagram posts, and assets on the market now that will help you journey the world with dietary restrictions.

And if I can provide two items of recommendation, the second can be: do not let it stand in your manner. Determine that you just can nonetheless journey with a dietary restriction and alter your mindset to make use of your dietary restriction in a optimistic manner. Though it could actually really feel limiting and difficult at instances, I’ve discovered a ridiculously supportive group on-line by my web site and being an advocate for celiac illness that I would not have in any other case. I’ve additionally been capable of meet up with different celiacs world wide, to not point out attending to interview over 70 house owners of 100% gluten-free spots (a lot of which I’ve accomplished in particular person too).

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