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{"id":1030053462063,"title":"Gluten-free in the Tropics","handle":"gluten-free-in-the-tropics","description":"\u003ch1\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/beabetteryoufit\/\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eby Maria Faller\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h1\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn October my family and I went on a tropical vacation for seven glorious days. It was our first vacation in many years. We sat in the sun. We swam, surfed and snorkeled. We slept in, and we ate. Overall, it was stress-free, fun and a pretty fantastic vacation. \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/caribya.com\/grace.bay\/beaches.turks.caicos\/\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eBeaches Turks and Caicos\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e, an all-inclusive luxury family resort, offers many included activities, excursions, and with over 20 on-site restaurants, many nutritious and delicious options. The resort also has a full gym on site. I was overjoyed when I finally booked our trip!\u003cbr\u003e \u003cbr\u003eI chose this resort because it is known for being food allergen-friendly and celiac-friendly. With my son having a nut allergy and me with Celiac Disease, planning a vacation can be challenging. I cannot just choose a location and book a hotel. Those days are long gone. I need to do some serious research to ensure the place we stay has restaurants that can safely and adequately accommodate all of us. There also must be a nurse’s station or emergency care available. It is most helpful to find people with food restrictions who have stayed at the location and get their feedback, especially when leaving the country. Others personal experiences and reviews help tremendously with the decision. \u003cbr\u003e \u003cbr\u003eAs if choosing the vacation spot isn’t enough work, making sure we are appropriately packed for a family of four with food allergies is working overtime! First I make sure I have the epi-pens, inhalers and all necessary medicines, the allergen-friendly toiletries, sunscreen and plenty of snacks. Now, this may not seem like a big deal except I have to pack it properly, twice; once for the checked bags and once for the carry-on. \u003cbr\u003e \u003cbr\u003eAnother important factor for myself when choosing a vacation location is finding a resort with a decent gym facility so I can maintain my fitness routine. I am not a bodybuilder or competitor, but I utilize exercise to stay healthy and manage my stress. Overall, I feel better when I exercise, my body doesn’t ache as much, I sleep better, and I am happier. Through the years I have learned that any movement is better than no movement at all.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/IMG_3275_large.jpg?v=1543693532\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003cbr\u003e \u003cbr\u003eI chose to enjoy the gluten-free options available to me at many of the food establishments on site. Beaches Turks and Caicos hosts some must go to restaurants, including Arizona's, a Tex-Mex restaurant that serves gluten-free nachos and a tender, juicy ribeye (see photos). Mario’s, the Italian restaurant, has many gluten-free options including a mushroom risotto and lamb chops that are so tender and tasty. The on-site hibachi restaurant was also delicious, offering a variety of choices including sirloin chicken, shrimp, and scallops. The entertaining Hibachi server sautés the allergy-friendly food first, using a gluten-free soy cause. Although gluten-free food is not available, I still recommend the coffee shop in the French village, where you can find a variety of that java we love so much. \u003cbr\u003e \u003cbr\u003eThe turquoise beach was exceptional. The water was clean, clear, and calm while we were there. The children were able to rent snorkels, kayaks, water bikes and enjoy a glass bottom boat ride, all included in the fee of the resort. The beauty of visiting the tropics in October is the crowds are almost non-existent. Since this is their offseason, we didn't have to wait to rent equipment or get into a restaurant. We were able to easily find chairs on the beach at any time of the day. and happily received extra attention from the staff.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/IMG_3305_large.jpg?v=1543693621\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003cbr\u003e \u003cbr\u003eThis vacation was by far one of the easiest I’ve ever had. 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I need to do some serious research to ensure the place we stay has restaurants that can safely and adequately accommodate all of us. There also must be a nurse’s station or emergency care available. It is most helpful to find people with food restrictions who have stayed at the location and get their feedback, especially when leaving the country. Others personal experiences and reviews help tremendously with the decision. \u003cbr\u003e \u003cbr\u003eAs if choosing the vacation spot isn’t enough work, making sure we are appropriately packed for a family of four with food allergies is working overtime! First I make sure I have the epi-pens, inhalers and all necessary medicines, the allergen-friendly toiletries, sunscreen and plenty of snacks. 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Beaches Turks and Caicos hosts some must go to restaurants, including Arizona's, a Tex-Mex restaurant that serves gluten-free nachos and a tender, juicy ribeye (see photos). Mario’s, the Italian restaurant, has many gluten-free options including a mushroom risotto and lamb chops that are so tender and tasty. The on-site hibachi restaurant was also delicious, offering a variety of choices including sirloin chicken, shrimp, and scallops. The entertaining Hibachi server sautés the allergy-friendly food first, using a gluten-free soy cause. Although gluten-free food is not available, I still recommend the coffee shop in the French village, where you can find a variety of that java we love so much. \u003cbr\u003e \u003cbr\u003eThe turquoise beach was exceptional. The water was clean, clear, and calm while we were there. The children were able to rent snorkels, kayaks, water bikes and enjoy a glass bottom boat ride, all included in the fee of the resort. The beauty of visiting the tropics in October is the crowds are almost non-existent. Since this is their offseason, we didn't have to wait to rent equipment or get into a restaurant. We were able to easily find chairs on the beach at any time of the day. and happily received extra attention from the staff.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/IMG_3305_large.jpg?v=1543693621\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003cbr\u003e \u003cbr\u003eThis vacation was by far one of the easiest I’ve ever had. It was a nice treat to be away for seven days and get outstanding gluten-free so frequently. All of us enjoyed our time at Beaches Turks and Caicos. Based on my experience, I would recommend this resort to any family, with or without, dietary restrictions. \u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch1\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eAbout the Author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h1\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eMaria Faller, who lives with Celiac Disease, is the founder of \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/beabetteryoufitness.com\/#services\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eBe A Better You Fitness\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cspan\u003e. She is a Fitness Trainer, Youth Trainer and Nutrition Consultant certified by the International Sports Science Association.  She is also a certified wellness coach. Maria is dedicated to helping others feel better, look better and work toward achieving better health.  She is the author of a new book to be released in the winter of 2018 “BABY steps: A realistic guide to Being a Better You”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/IMG_5842_large.jpg?v=1542060215\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e"}

Gluten-free in the Tropics

by Maria Faller

In October my family and I went on a tropical vacation for seven glorious days. It was our first vacation in many years. We sat in the sun. We swam, surfed and snorkeled. We slept in, and we ate. Overall, it was stress-free, fun and a pretty fantastic vacation. Beaches Turks and Caicos, an all-inclusive luxury family resort, offers many included activities, excursions, and with over 20 on-site restaurants, many nutritious and delicious options. The resort also has a full gym on site. I was overjoyed when I finally booked our trip!

I chose this resort because it is known for being food allergen-friendly and celiac-friendly. With my son having a nut allergy and me with Celiac Disease, planning a vacation can be challenging. I cannot just choose a location and book a hotel. Those days are long gone. I need to do some serious research to ensure the place we stay has restaurants that can safely and adequately accommodate all of us. There also must be a nurse’s station or emergency care available. It is most helpful to find people with food restrictions who have stayed at the location and get their feedback, especially when leaving the country. Others personal experiences and reviews help tremendously with the decision.

As if choosing the vacation spot isn’t enough work, making sure we are appropriately packed for a family of four with food allergies is working overtime! First I make sure I have the epi-pens, inhalers and all necessary medicines, the allergen-friendly toiletries, sunscreen and plenty of snacks. Now, this may not seem like a big deal except I have to pack it properly, twice; once for the checked bags and once for the carry-on.

Another important factor for myself when choosing a vacation location is finding a resort with a decent gym facility so I can maintain my fitness routine. I am not a bodybuilder or competitor, but I utilize exercise to stay healthy and manage my stress. Overall, I feel better when I exercise, my body doesn’t ache as much, I sleep better, and I am happier. Through the years I have learned that any movement is better than no movement at all.



I chose to enjoy the gluten-free options available to me at many of the food establishments on site. Beaches Turks and Caicos hosts some must go to restaurants, including Arizona's, a Tex-Mex restaurant that serves gluten-free nachos and a tender, juicy ribeye (see photos). Mario’s, the Italian restaurant, has many gluten-free options including a mushroom risotto and lamb chops that are so tender and tasty. The on-site hibachi restaurant was also delicious, offering a variety of choices including sirloin chicken, shrimp, and scallops. The entertaining Hibachi server sautés the allergy-friendly food first, using a gluten-free soy cause. Although gluten-free food is not available, I still recommend the coffee shop in the French village, where you can find a variety of that java we love so much.

The turquoise beach was exceptional. The water was clean, clear, and calm while we were there. The children were able to rent snorkels, kayaks, water bikes and enjoy a glass bottom boat ride, all included in the fee of the resort. The beauty of visiting the tropics in October is the crowds are almost non-existent. Since this is their offseason, we didn't have to wait to rent equipment or get into a restaurant. We were able to easily find chairs on the beach at any time of the day. and happily received extra attention from the staff.

 



This vacation was by far one of the easiest I’ve ever had. It was a nice treat to be away for seven days and get outstanding gluten-free so frequently. All of us enjoyed our time at Beaches Turks and Caicos. Based on my experience, I would recommend this resort to any family, with or without, dietary restrictions.

About the Author

Maria Faller, who lives with Celiac Disease, is the founder of Be A Better You Fitness. She is a Fitness Trainer, Youth Trainer and Nutrition Consultant certified by the International Sports Science Association.  She is also a certified wellness coach. Maria is dedicated to helping others feel better, look better and work toward achieving better health.  She is the author of a new book to be released in the winter of 2018 “BABY steps: A realistic guide to Being a Better You”

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