Moving with Our Gluten-Free Kids

Gluten-Free Kids

by contributing writer Janelle of Gluten Freely Frugal

Our family’s adventure over the last few months has been a long distance move across the state with both of our gluten-free kids! This has been exciting (and kind of crazy!) for us, with several long road trips to go house searching, starting a new job for my hubby, lots of packing, what seems like millions of phone calls and emails, the stress of the mortgage process (anyone who has ever bought a house will know what I mean), and handling the tumbling emotions of two small munchkins.

Hannah doesn’t really get the concept of moving yet. We have told her we’re going on a “big trip” and she will have a new room and a new house, and new friends, but her actual understanding of that is doubtful.

Kayla, however, has new questions every day about a new town, new friends, new school, new grocery stores, new playgrounds, new sports teams, pretty much everything! One thing that has, quite surprisingly, NOT come up is whether or not the new friends will understand her gluten-free diet.

This actually made me feel pretty good, as though living gluten-free is so much a part of her life that it is just a given. I, however, already have an appointment to meet with the school nurse at Kayla’s new school to come up with a game plan for avoiding gluten!

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One of the most difficult things for us has been planning food for the time around the move. I believe in “normal” situations (meaning those moves that do not involve food sensitivities) people tend to eat out a lot around the time of a big move. I can see how it would be very tempting, given the need to pack your kitchen at some point.

Since we also have quite a long drive, it would be very convenient to stop for lunch along the way, and order a pizza for supper! Those ideas are not options for our family.

I have planned a lot of snacks to be packed in a cooler for our road trip, and have enlisted some wonderful friends and family to help out with meals around the time of our move. We will definitely be utilizing paper plates for a few days as well.

In addition, I have plans for some meals for our moving helpers that are easy to prepare ahead of time. This definitely has involved some planning ahead, but it is of course well worth it to me for the sake of keeping everyone healthy and tummy-ache free, not to mention starting off our new life in a new home feeling our best!

Has anyone moved with gluten-free kids? What are some of your ideas?

Janelle is wife to her hubby, who is celiac, and mom to 2 sweet girls, one of whom is celiac, and the other showing signs of gluten intolerance. She blogs about the gluten free life on a budget, including coupons, deals, recipes, and other money-saving tips at Gluten Freely Frugal.




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  1. It sonds like you have it all planned out. Another easy idea is gluten free bread with deli meat from a health food store, for sandwiches, or tuna salad sandwiches. Or if at all possible to cook ahead chicken fingers coated with ranch dressing and crushed corn flakes (baked). Also, I have moved about 50 times (no joke), over my life time (in 12 states) and usually create a couple of “first day box” One for the whole house with toilet paper, soap, dish soap, shower curtain, and phones, and one for kitchen with a few plates and glasses and 1 skillet and 1 sauce pan and flat ware. Also one box for linens for beds the first night and mark all these boxes “FIRST DAY for Unloading first”. I moved in August after sanding floors for 9 days in the new place (1907 old house) and working M-F, and if it had not been just a 3-mile move, I am not sure how I would have done it. I do not have kids or a hubby, just cats. It took some planning and I ended up losing 10 lbs over a month and I did not need to lose weight. I usally bring a lunch to work, and ended up frequenting a couple of Thai places that offer gluten-free and I felt safe there as they are not places with wheat flour in the air for other dishes, and very little soy sauce is used at Thai places. I ate out a lunch and picked up carryout to eat sitting on the floor in the new place – lots of Thai food! I wish you the best.

    • Janelle says:

      Terri, I love your “First Day Box” idea! I’m going to make one for each member of the family. Thank you!

  2. I myself don’t have children, but I’m also gluten free and have had food problems all my life, so I understand. I recently tried to move across the state for a job, but I guess it wasn’t in the stars for me. But here are some of the things I do: obviously, plan plan plan! I will figure out the route I need to take, then see if there’s any gf restaurants on that route, or close enough that it doesn’t matter. In this instance, I will only go to places that are dedicated GF, or have a certified menu that I trust (like Outback) — I don’t try new places for things like this, because you definitely don’t want to have to run to a bathroom with the closest rest stop/civilization is 50 miles away. Go Picnic meals are also awesome as well, since they don’t require refrigeration, even once they’re opened, plus they’re meant to be opened and closed (there’s a tab that keeps it closed). They don’t take up a lot of space either. And there’s always the nice big cooler that my family always takes (I have my own now). Lots of fruits and veggies (if tolerated and available). They keep you full and are healthy. My sister recently sent me some cool tupperware from I believe Dollar Tree; you can freeze the lids so you can keep food cold without worrying about ice. They’re perfect for times like these. I rambled a bit, but I hope some of this helps!

    • Janelle says:

      What a cool idea for Tupperware! I am running to Dollar Tree anyway (paper plates and cups for us for the next few days) so I am going to see if my store carries them. Thanks so much!

  3. One suggestion would just be to try to figure out WHERE you can shop/eat out once you move. While that won’t help DURING the move, I know I would find such knowledge reassuring.

    • Janelle says:

      So true! I’m afraid, being the type A personality that I am, I did that research MONTHS ago! I know every grocery store within 10 square miles and I’m already scouring ads! I know, I’m a nut.

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