Gluten Free Services

In today's do-it-yourself world, many people don't see a need for help with planning a trip. They figure they can hop online and book something on their own. However, there are a few potential pitfalls with this strategy. Let's start with the most obvious: it can take a while to gather the information you need before making a decision. You may sit down at your computer, only to find that, hours later, you're overwhelmed with the choices and no further along in making a decision. Another pitfall is that booking hotels, resorts, and apartments site unseen can often result in disappointment, even if you read online reviews. And beware that deals that sound too good to be true usually are. A promotion from a reputable hotel chain to a popular tropical locale that was offered to my mother last year sounded like a great deal. However, upon further digging, we found out that it was in a less-than-desirable area of the popular resort town -- and the resort itself was under major renovation, with construction equipment everywhere. Good thing we did our research, because if we had booked this trip, it likely would have been a disaster. The whole experience... Read more →

If you've ever submitted a gluten-free dining or travel review to our website, GlutenFreeTravelSite, you now have the option of being able to add your photo to your Profile. That will allow your photo to display at the bottom of each of your reviews, next to your username. (If you choose not to add a photo, a generic icon of a person displays, just like the one to the left.) But I'll bet you're MUCH better looking than why not add your photo today?! Adding a photo is extremely simple. Just click My Account from the top right hand corner of GlutenFreeTravelSite's Home page. Then sign in with your username and password. Next, click Manage Your Account. You'll be taken to your Reviewer Control Panel. Click the Edit Photo link at the top of the page. Then click the Choose File button to Upload an Image. That's it! As a reminder, the only reason you even need to "register" on GlutenFreeTravelSite (i.e. choose a username and password) is to submit a review. Visitors to the site are initially led through the quick registation process the first time they begin to submit a review. At that point, a new reviewer... Read more →

It's so nice to see companies finally catering to gluten-free travelers, and nowhere is it more important than in the planning stages of a trip. While sites like GlutenFreeTravelSite are a great starting point for gathering ideas about where to stay, shop, and dine when traveling, sometimes you want to go a step further and have someone handle the research and planning for you, including contacting your hotels and restaurants in advance of your trip to ensure the chef understands your needs. And sometimes you just want someone to plan the whole trip, including pointing you towards the best accommodations when traveling domestically or abroad. That's exactly what GlutenFreeTravelSite's new Site Advertiser, Gluten Free Travel-US does. They'll take care of all your travel needs and ensure your gluten-free expectations are met -- and even surpassed. Since owner Ellen Morse is gluten and dairy free, she is acutely aware of the challenges faced by the traveler with food allergies. She has been creating customized worldwide itineraries for travelers for 14 years. Now, with the services of Estelle Chandler, gluten free consultant and chef, she is able to extend her expertise to the gluten free traveler. Gluten Free Travel-Us plans "gluten-free friendly"... Read more →

How would you like to spend three nights getting away from the stress and responsibilities of everyday life…relax in a serene setting…attend complimentary classes and seminars geared to health and wellness…be pampered with spa treatments…and have gluten-free menu selections readily available? If your body and soul could use a bit a of pampering, you’ll be especially excited to hear that this three-night all inclusive Gluten Free Getaway will take place at one of the world’s most renowned spa resorts – Canyon Ranch -- May 3-6, 2012. Set in the elegant Bellefontaine mansion in the serene town of Lenox, Massachusetts in the Berkshires -- and just a short drive from New York City or Boston -- Canyon Ranch health resort and spa has set the standard for luxury spa resorts from the time when the original location in Tucson, Arizona opened in 1979. GlutenFreeTravelSite is proud to promote this incredible weekend organized by Lesley Hock, a travel agent with Travel Leaders who has helped many GlutenFreeTravelSite clients plan gluten-free friendly trips. She has now worked closely with the entire team at Canyon Ranch to put together this fantastic weekend geared specifically to gluten-free guests (don’t worry if you’d like to bring... Read more →

A Source for Gluten Free Communion Wafers

Practicing Christians often wonder how they will fully participate in Holy Communion if they cannot eat the bread or wafer (host). The Catholic Church in particular is rooted in Scripture and Tradition. In keeping with the belief that Jesus used wheaten bread at the Last Supper, the Church has required that breads used for communion be made with wheat and contain gluten. Thanks to the research of the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, a company was found that produces wheat starch, which is wheat that has had most of its gluten removed. After much trial-and-error, the Benedictine Sisters were able to make low-gluten bread out of this special wheat starch and water. The gluten content is only .01%, or 100 PPM (parts per million). But it is the 37 micrograms that is significant, because the best current information shows that 10 milligrams per day should be safe. The low-gluten wafers are made, stored, and shipped in a dedicated gluten-free environment. Best of all, these wafers meet both the stringent requirements of the Catholic Church as well as the requirements of the gluten-free community, as confirmed by data from the Center for Celiac Research. You can order 20 wafers for $5.15,... Read more →

We just finished expanding and updating our Resources page on GlutenFreeTravelSite, and we think you'll like the result. It's a treasure trove of links to helpful sites and products that make living gluten-free -- and especially traveling and dining out -- easier and more enjoyable. You'll find links to all the major Celiac associations, both U.S.-based and international, including direct links to their pages with local chapter contact information. This is helpful to have when planning a trip, since a quick call to the local support group at your destination can often yield great advice. I'd especially recommend doing this when traveling internationally. Our Resources page also contains a complete guide to Cruising gluten-free, with contact information and the gluten-free policies of all major cruise lines included. Fortunately, most cruise ships now have at least basic gluten-free foods available, and some cruise lines go the extra mile to make their GF guests feel special with all sorts of wonderful GF treats. If a cruise vacation is something you're considering, you can also visit our Caribbean page of reviews, which contains user-submitted reviews of all the major cruise lines. Other helpful sections of our Resources page include information on handy travel... Read more →

I'm sure you've heard of Groupon, Living Social, and other "daily deal" services that offer substantial discounts on all sorts of products and services to groups of people via daily email alerts. Well, I'm thrilled to let you know that there are now TWO new money-saving services, exclusively geared to the gluten-free community. One is called Gluten-Free Saver, and the other is called Gluten Free Deals. It's absolutely FREE to sign up for these simply visit their sites and enter your email in the sign-up box right on the main page. Then you'll receive email alerts when they have a gluten-free deal. The choice is always yours whether or not to "purchase" the deal (like $40 worth of product for $15), but if it's something you buy anyway, you can sometimes save up to 80%! Goodness knows we all pay A LOT for gluten-free products...often 2-3 times as much as "regular" versions of a product. Thanks to these two great companies for finally bringing incredible savings on GF products to our community! Read more →

I'd like to welcome our Guest Blogger, Amie Valpone, HHP, AADP Culinary Nutritionist and author of The Healthy Apple Blog. Amie is based in Manhattan and specializes in gluten free and dairy free culinary nutrition. As a Culinary Marketing Consultant, she offers many services to clients, including nutrition consultations, personalized healthy menu planing, personal food shopping services and supermarket tours, pantry makeovers, kitchen cooking parties, kids Birthday parties, and in home demonstrations. She joins us today to talk about something near and dear to our to best navigate dining out while following a gluten-free diet -- without sacrificing taste! A gluten-free lifestyle doesn’t mean that you have to say good-bye to your social calendar. You can still enjoy care-free meals at your favorite restaurants. And eating gluten-free doesn’t mean depriving yourself from your favorite foods, either. Instead, think of it as a way to focus on healthy ‘clean’ eating with naturally gluten-free foods that are fresh and delicious. When you are planning a trip or dining out, be sure to keep yourself safe by planning ahead. • Make a list of the gluten-free foods you can enjoy as well as those foods that contain ‘hidden’ forms of gluten. This... Read more →