What are you going to eat, if you go to one of Britain’s top tourist attractions?
The Soil Association recently issued a report which indicated that you’d better pack a picnic, if you want to eat healthily (which, of course, for gluten sufferers, means ‘eat at all’).
Over the last few years, it has got a lot easier to eat out with a coeliac child. However, at many cafeteria type places, the only gluten free things available are a jacket potato, crisps, or occasionally a cake or strawberries. At restaurant type places where there is a child menu, there is usually nothing suitable on that menu, as it is all pizza, sausages, chicken nuggets or fish fingers – which is, I suppose, the point of the Soil Association’s report. We are used to ordering from the adult menu for our coeliac daughter – which, when she was tiny, often caused some consternation … “You do know that fish has bones in, right?”
All of which of course prompts a question or two: why is it assumed that children will only want to eat junk food? And why is it assumed that they should have a different menu from the adult version? It surely couldn’t be too difficult to create and bill for a half-size portion.
And from the coeliac point of view: if there isn’t a choice, there isn’t any fun in having a menu to choose from anyway.
I’ve written a book summarising what we’ve learnt over 20 years of dealing with the gluten free diet, and it might be just what you’re looking for. It packs the lessons we’ve learned into what I hope is a helpful and straightforward guidebook. It’s available on Amazon, as a paperback or for your Kindle…