By contributing writer Janelle
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!
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.