About Me

331852_10151202993750001_1477212374_oHi everyone and welcome to Gluten-Free Globetrotter.

My name is Erin Smith and I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 1981 so I grew up on a gluten-free diet in a gluten-filled world. As an adult, I have become extremely involved with the Celiac community, both online and in person. I started the blog Gluten-Free Fun in 2007 as a way to show the world that being gluten-free has not stopped me from living my life. In addition to my blog, I run the NYC Celiac Disease Meetup group. This is a social group where members can get together to enjoy gluten-free meals, share food recommendations and recipes, as well as learn from one another. Through both my blog, my leadership of the Meetup group, and my community advocacy, I encourage others to not allow their lives to be limited by Celiac Disease but to thrive as both a Celiac and as an individual.

In 2005, I was itching to move beyond my cubicle at a publishing company in New York City. I wanted to travel and started reaching out to friends and family to join me. I quickly realized that all of my friends were either getting married or having babies or were just plain broke from their partying lifestyles in The Big Apple. I was financially set to take a vacation but was struggling with the daunting prospect of traveling alone. After thinking it over for a couple of weeks, many late nights in the office, and encouragement from my mother, I took the plunge and booked my first solo vacation to Arizona to see the Grand Canyon, one of my dream locations. I was scared, excited, nervous, and thinking I was just plain stupid for going on vacation alone. In reality, it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Now, 9 years later with many solo vacations under my belt I am excited to continue sharing Gluten-Free Globetrotter with the world. I hope this website is both a guide to traveling on a gluten-free diet as well as motivation for those with Celiac Disease to get up and live their lives and not be scared of anything. Yes, being gluten-free can be a very daunting life experience but I encourage you to embrace your gluten-freeness and not limit yourself. If only one person is inspired by this website to step outside of their comfort zone and to do something as simple as try a new restaurant or something as radical as backpacking through Asia, then I will have completed my task.

Thank you for reading Gluten-Free Globetrotter and enjoy. Please keep in touch and tell me about your travels.

Email me at gfglobetrotter@gmail.com

 

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20 Responses to About Me

  1. Hi Erin! I just found your site via Gluten Free Traveller on twitter and happy to have found another gluten free travel blog! I write about my adventures traveling (mostly in the US & Canada) and cooking gluten free. I recently just expanded my blog to cover restaurants, lodging, and fun things to do. Looking forward to reading about your travels!

    • Erin S. says:

      Hi Adina, welcome to Gluten-Free Globetrotter. I look forward to reading your blog too. Thanks for the comment.

      • Saviour says:

        So glad to see all the feed back on here! I have been strictly GF since I was dasinoged in 1990 6th person in the nation with Celiac Disease GF food has come so far!!! We have to be vigilant due to soooo many are simply not educated on Celiac Disease! I have two older children(tween & teen) that were tested & dasinoged in 2005 with CD! It’s hard keeping track god myself much less two school age children! Just an FYI it’s not necessarily that the restaurant isn’t vigilant enough about cross contamination as many with CD will also find down the road after much frustration & less than tasty food that they are still not feeling great when they eat out other than at home . Been there done that Thought it was restuarant . Come to find out I have an intolerance to acidic foods(tomatoes, citrus) Eggs!!! Almost died as an infant from dairy!!! It’s proven in research that most percentage of CD’ers have other food allergies or will at some point get them! Keep in mind that most docs dont tell you, watch for basic foods like meat, eggs, cheese . That these are bi-products of animals that very well may eat grains!!! Unknown unless you monitor them 24/7 & possibly caged of grass feed, not always a guarantee!!!

    • Raul says:

      Three years ago I decided to go lugten free after googling about gastro-intestinal issues and thinking that there was a link. Of course it was an interesting learning experience to avoid buying/eating anything with wheat, but not wasted learning. I also would not worry about any Celiac type medical issues from eating lugten, I know I won’t get any allergic reaction.But I have noticed that my knees hurt less. I’ve always been triathlon training, I am running tremendously more miles than ever before (49 y.o.), and my lungs and breathing are clearer than before. One habit of GF diets I find strange is trying to re-create all those breads, cookies, cakes, and pies with GF materials. Sorry, but in most cases it’s impossible! Rice bread? yeah right. Find something else to eat like ice cream, or GF brownies (the general non-structure allows GF to work) or skip dessert. I may not need to go GF, but by doing so, it carves out donuts, cookies, cake, and other useless (yet so easily available!) foods so I have to think about getting rice, potatoes, oatmeal, vegetables, and other really nutritious items prepared. (i’m wondering what Donna H’s sister is eating to gain weight.) It restricts what I order at the restaurant, but it is my choice now. Did you know the proportion of lugten in wheat grown in the U.S. today is significantly higher than a few decades ago? It’s part of our great agricultural revolution, but it raises questions in my mind about whether that is appropriate for us to eat. It’s one form of genetic engineering I choose to avoid.I guess I would not classify myself as Gluten Free, but rather as avoiding wheat-based products. The GF label is just easier for people to understand due to the growing fad. What annoys me is when people look at me with sad eyes: Oh, you can’t have any cake? and I’m like, No problem, I choose not to have some, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it. Don’t worry about me!

  2. sylvia ballard says:

    Hi Erin,
    I’m planning a trip to NYC in the next couple of months. I live in a small town in New Mexico and the eating options are very limited. I want to try some new things. So I am very excited about all of your comments on the different restaurants. Can you recommend any good Asian, Jamican, Indian, etc places? I’ve seen some online-but would love some extra recommendations.
    Thanks!
    Sylvia

    • Erin S. says:

      Hi Sylvia, thanks for your comment. I will send you an email now! You will love NYC, there are so many great gluten-free options.

      • Nidup says:

        is truly surprising how many dfeeirfnt symptoms people have who are diagnosed with celiac disease. Most of the people in the video were diagnosed by lab test and biopsy. One of the reasons it makes it so difficult to get diagnosed and tested. Please keep spreading the word.

    • Venkat says:

      just found out i have this , my mother got colon ccaenr because of untreated celiacs disease , it is no joke , but i am glad i know i have it , i was depressed and did not have a normal bowel movement for a year , then i started to feel like i would vomit after each time i ate , in two days of not eating gulten i was almost back to normal , thank god i found out , hope this helps

  3. Natália M. says:

    Hi Erin, congratulations on your blog. I was amazed to read and see all the things you share and it’s comforting to know that we have the resources to live a happy life being gluten free.
    I’m 25 years old, I live in Brazil (Belo Horizonte) and was diagnosed earlier this year. It didn’t came to me as a shock because my mother was diagnosed with CD in 2006 and we’ve been very cooperative to her struggle on seeking a healthier and happier life style ever since.
    In Brazil all product packages must contain information whether it has gluten or not, which helps me a lot at the supermarket. Literally any product you buy in Brazil will have information about gluten. But gluten free products such as cakes, bread, cookies, pizza etc aren’t tasteful at all!
    The only brands of Gluten Free beer we can find here are Estrella Damm Daura from Spain and Celia from Czech Republic. Both are very good but kinda expensive.
    Anyway, I just wanted to share a bit of my experiences here. Hopefully I’ll visit NY soon to check out those amazing places you’ve listed. Thank you so much for that.
    All the best!

  4. Sabah says:

    Interesting and helpful blog ,, Good Luck …

  5. Robin Siefkin says:

    So glad to find your blog, and the info about GF eating in Prague. I will be there in the Spring, possibly solo, and have been concerned that I might have to live on GF protein bars for 4 days. I will now enjoy all parts of the experience, albeit without red meat (ceased eating it 22 years ago).

  6. Very inspiring to read about your travels! I am a teen with life threatening allergies and I often wonder about how I will travel! Love you blog 🙂

  7. You have already inspired me, for the main reason that you inspire others by motivating them to travel no matter whether they are a Celiac or not. I am so excited be stumbling upon not just a travel blog but a Gluten Free travel blog, that’s awesome, well done!

  8. I’m so glad I found you! I’ve recently been told that I need to go gluten-free by my doctor (who hopes it’ll cure my migraines!) and I’ve been thinking that my biggest hurdle with a GF diet will be traveling the way I want to. I can’t wait to read my way through your blog for inspiration!

  9. Hi! I nominated you for a Liebster Award because I love your blog! You can find the details here for participating: https://spiceoflifeblogdotcom.wordpress.com/2015/05/13/liebster-award/. Best Regards, Kristen

  10. laurence says:

    Thank you for this list ! I m going in new yor for my next hollidays.I ‘m coeliaque too, so it will be helpfull. If you need advice in paris i can help….

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