Have you ever dealt with special diet restrictions on vacation?
Read an email I got from a reader friend recently:
My daughter is going on a cruise in February with her in-laws who made the arrangements. She is currently doing the GAPS diet and was told she could e-mail the cruise ship with her food request, which she did. I am forwarding you her e-mail and the response back from the cruise ship.
Would you please consider doing a blog on this subject? She needs your help and wisdom! Also, maybe some of your readers could have some helpful ideas!
Because of my daughter's diet, she really doesn't want to go on this cruise, but her father-in-law died in July of this year, so her mother-in-law is treating the whole family to the cruise to celebrate his life.
Thank-you so much for your fight to educate and teach us how to eat more nutritionally! I am so thankful for you and your blogs!
Nancy’s daughter Megan wrote to the cruise ship company:
To whom it may concern:
My name is Megan. I have reservations aboard the Allure soon. I have many severe food sensitivities which often restrict me from eating anywhere but home. The lining in my gut is damaged releasing toxic undigested proteins into my blood stream causing debilitating symptoms. Because of this condition I supplement with organic raw, fermented foods (sauerkraut, yogurt, kefir etc.) to ease digestion and help restore my porous gut lining. I can't purchase most of my foods. I have to make my own sauerkraut, yogurt, and kefir because when commercially produced they aren't fermented long enough to provide the beneficial pro biotics my gut requires. On the rare occasion that my husband and I eat out, I basically pack my dinner. I'm not sure how much of my own food your ship will allow me to bring. My hope is that your ship will be able to accommodate my dietary needs so I may enjoy my voyage!
The “NO” list:
-soy (that includes soy flour, soy milk, soy oil, and soy lecithin)
-grains (including wheat, brown rice, oats, etc.)
-dairy (unless raw, grass-fed, and/or cultured)
-artificial and/or natural flavorings
-preservatives (citric acid, ascorbic acid, etc.)
-salt with anti-caking agents
The “YES” list:
-organic vegetables (steamed and/or raw)
-organic, grass-fed meat of any kind (chicken, turkey, beef, pork)
-grass-fed beef tallow
-cage-free eggs ( I can bring my own if allowed)
-organic cultured butter (if you can't provide this i can bring my own if allowed)
-grass-fed milk ( if you can't provide this I can bring my own if allowed)
-organic, grass-fed raw cheddar cheese (if you can't provide this i can bring my own if allowed)
-sprouted, organic nuts (these are hard to find in any store, I can bring my own prepared nuts if allowed)
-Celtic or sea salt (no added ingredients, I can bring my own if allowed)
-sauerkraut (must be my homemade if you allow me to bring or “Bubbies” brand could be purchased)
-peanut butter (with no sugar added)
-almond butter (with no sugar added)
Thank you so much for working with me regarding my dietary restrictions!
The cruise ship’s reply:
Thank you for contacting us with your inquiry. Unfortunately, there are many items on this list we are not able to provide. While most items prepared on board are from fresh ingredients we do not have the majority of the items on your “yes” list. We do not have access to any organic food items of any kind.
Furthermore – due to USPH and Local Agricultural regulations we cannot allow guests to bring on board any perishable or home-made food items.
My reply back to Nancy:
I'd be glad to post about this (we might get some good ideas), but wow, I can imagine what the ship thought when they saw that list: “Stay home lady!” I understand why she wants to go, but just wish they'd let her bring her own stuff, I don't see why that would be big deal??
I'll try to get this up as soon as I can. 🙂
So what do you say everyone? Any suggestions for Megan? THANK YOU for your help!