What I know about chronic conditions is that it is every day, every minute…no days off!
One of my dear friends, who is extremely careful and conscientious about following her diet, just went on a four day romantic, bed and breakfast getaway with her husband. Of course, she wanted a vacation from her daily routines. That is the fun of vacation. However, just a tiny bit of deviating from her rigid dietary restrictions in the name of “I can’t take it any more; I need a couple of days off” landed her in bed for four days after her four day vacation…in misery.
Was it worth it? No one can judge. The relentlessness of scrutinizing every single bite that goes into your mouth, can wear a person down emotionally. Sometimes we all just need to cheat, be a little sinful, or simply relax the rigidity. Yes, we pay, but sometimes in the name of our emotional health, the cost may be worth it.
My solution, because I have been sick more days of my life than well, is to try to find foods that feel outside of my regular diet that are still gluten free. I try to get that vacation feeling without actually cheating. Because I do not include these foods in my everyday diet, I am going to share a couple of my favorite sinful foods that I indulge in on vacations:
Mixed rum drinks
GF caramels, especially the ones with a little extra salt
Very dark GF chocolate
S’Mores with GF graham crackers
GF graham crackers
GF milk chocolate
Roast two GF marshmallows over a campfire gone to coals until golden brown. Core and slice an apple in 1/8 to ¼ inch slices, horizontally with the core hole in the center. Put a slice of the apple and a square or three of chocolate on one graham cracker. Grab the marshmallows off the roasting stick onto the cracker, chocolate, apple combo with another graham cracker. Squish and eat. Yum!