31 Days- The Art of Wearing Your Fat Dreams
They’re everywhere, these little Mozart Balls. After many days of touring Salzburg, we finally broke down and purchased a few Mozart Balls from a little shop below the Hohensalzburg Castle in Old Town. In our best broken German we asked the shop lady if the bon bons contained nuts. “Nein,” she said. Then we pressed her and asked exactly what a Mozart Ball contained in it’s three lovely layers of impressive gooeyness. “Vell,” she said, “marzipan, nougat, und chocolat.” Himself and I exchanged a smirk and purchased three bon bons making a note NOT to give any to Zuzu.
Zuzu has tree nut allergies along with allergies to sesame and coconut. We knew travelling to Germany and Austria would be tricky and many of their confections contained nuts, but luckily it is not a cuisine that uses nuts in many of it’s day to day dishes like many Asian countries do.
Then how does one travel with food allergies?
1. Make a list of all your food allergies and have someone (preferably a native to that country) translate all of those words and all of their forms in the language of the countries you will be travelling. Ex. Marzipan is a nut paste.
2. Speak with your physician about travelling abroad and ask what you may expect. Sometimes caregivers can reveal some points we would not even consider.
3. Travel with two sets of epi pens, inhalers, benedril, and other emergency meds you may need. Make sure they are not expired. We had no trouble with authorities when travelling with meds, in fact there were places we went where no bags were allowed, but our med bag was waved through each time.
4. Train each family member in how and when to use an epipen.
5. Carry a note in the language of the country you are visiting explaining your allergies. We were able to show this to waiters and whoever handled Zuzu’s food. Here is Zuzu’s note that we carried with us…
Unser Kind hat eine Nussallergie!
Baumnusse: Walnuss, Hazelnuss, Paranuss, Kokonuss, Pinienkerne, Pecannuss, Macadamia Nuss, Mandeln, Marzipan.
6. Avoid foods that may contain your allergens. Read all labels. Learn the cuisine. For us it was all things chocolate as many European chocolates contain hazelnuts. We did find one brand that was safe for him. We made many ice cream stops and let him purchase from places that did not cross-contaminate their ice creams. Many were even nice enough to scoop the ice cream with a clean scoop! We found that everyone was very understanding, helpful, and very conscientiousness with Zuzu’s needs.
7. Before flying, taking a train, or whatever other form of travel, pack some foods that are safe for you. Poor Zuzu went without a meal on the plane because all the foods contained nuts, then when we got to Iceland, all of the food at the airport contained nuts, and he was forced to eat Doritos and chips. By the time we landed at home he had a roaring migraine. Pack safe food!
8. Sometimes you have to do without. Always play it safe!
9. Know how to call emergency services in the country you are visiting.
What’s this have to do with Fat Dreams?
Everything. As a couple, Himself and I share the dream of travel. To travel as often as our means (time and money) allow, and travel far. But with this we realize there are a few obstacles to this dream. Time and money for one, with another obstacle being Zuzu’s food allergies. Instead of making this an impossible obstacle, we tackled it, asked for help, educated ourselves, and went for it. His allergies may sound like no big deal, so let me assure you that one misstep on travel could land Zuzu in a foreign hospital or worse yet, a morgue. It is that serious. I will not make this about who has the biggest obstacles- it’s not a race, but one of, what are some obstacles that keep you from living your dreams?
Ah ha! And you thought I would start this journey together from the beginning with a homework assignment asking you all to list your dreams in the comment section. Dreaming’s easy, trust me I am a pro at it, the hard part is overcoming the things that keep us from our dreams.
What are some obstacles that keep you from living your dreams?
What are some other travel tips you can share when travelling with food allergies?
Missed any Days on this Dream Ride?
Day 1- The Art of Wearing Your Fat Dreams- Introduction
Day 2- “You Should’ve Married Someone Else!”- Who is really responsible for fulfilling our dreams?
Day 4- The Barf Stops Here- Homemade SpaghettiOs- If given the gift of time, how would you then spend it?