Sailing through a Gluten-free Life

GFG: When you met, was one of you already living a gluten-free lifestyle? 

Michelle: We were not living a gluten-free lifestyle when we met. We got married when we were 20 years old, and I found out I had Celiac 11 years later. 

GFG: How did he or she react to this news that you would have to live a gluten-free life?

Michelle: I think it was a relief to know what was wrong, and that it could be managed by diet. We were initially both worried because my Mom had just passed away from an autoimmune disease and we didn’t know what was wrong with me. 

GFG: What does your husband do to help you maintain a gluten-free life?

Michelle: He is super supportive of whatever gluten-free foods we buy. He also prefers home cooked meals over going out so that we know everything is safe. He always asks questions at restaurants and watches how friends or people prepare food if we are out so he can warn me if there might be cross-contamination.

GFG: Where is the one place in the world that you dream of going to, or are planning to go to, to eat gluten-free? 

Michelle: We just came home from a week of sailing in St. Martin, St. Barts and Anguilla. Some of the area is French, with lots of beautiful baguettes and croissants. We stopped in a few grocery stores, and they had a great selection of gluten free products! I was impressed. Our next big trip is going to be The Society Islands in French Polynesia. I am going to pack my suitcase with some food for there because they are more remote…. We will be sailing again, so I am always hoping to catch fish so we can eat that. 

Michelle Bock and her husband Josh are avid travelers and love to sail the open seas. Michelle is the creator of the website Goodness Gracious Gluten-free. She also has a YouTube channel where you can watch all of her latest cooking creations!