Gluten Free Restaurant Cards:
Eat Safely As a Celiac, Anywhere in the World

I have celiac disease and was diagnosed in early 2000s, before awareness was as high as it is now. Knowledge of the disease is understandably low in many developing countries, but myths also abound in the West. It is an auto-immune disease that affects not just my stomach when I eat wheat, but my joints, my ability to function properly, and so much more. Gluten free travel is an added component of stress over and above the usual worries about safe and uncontaminated food. When I started this blog, I traveled with gluten free restaurant cards that I found and purchased online.

The problem is, I still got sick when I used them as I traveled.

So I decided to build my own.

Legal Nomads Gluten Free Restaurant Cards

gluten free translation card

“No wheat” drawing commissioned by me & drawn by Ella F. Sanders <3

I understand what it’s like to worry about what you’re eating. The effects of eating gluten for me last for days, and can come from something as innocuous as consuming something that was fried in contaminated oil. So if I eat a spring roll made with rice paper that was fried in the same oil as a breaded product, I will still get sick.

Why Are These Restaurant Cards Different?

You may have seen other gluten free restaurant cards, and many are great for those following a GF diet but not celiac. However, I still got sick when using them.

In contrast, the Legal Nomads cards are:

  • Researched by a celiac who loves to eat.
  • Written with the traveler in mind.
  • Use local dish names, based on what’s eaten in that country not just a translation.
  • Clear mention of cross-contamination and contaminated oil.
  • Double checked for accuracy with two translators familiar with food, who speak the local language.

Click on the card below to land on the purchase page for each. On that page, you’ll find an English translation of the card, so you know what you’re getting. 

Note: The card is available for purchase via trustworthy 3rd party site that uses https, so you know your information is safe.

Japan gluten free restaurant card

France gluten free restaurant card

greek gluten free restaurant card

mexico gluten free restaurant card spanish

vietnam gluten free restaurant card

morocco gluten free restaurant carditaly gluten free restaurant card

 

portugal gluten free restaurant card

germany gluten free restaurant card

spain spanish gluten free restaurant card

spain catalan gluten free restaurant card

More of these cards to follow!

Testimonial from a reader named Nicole who used the Japan gluten free card:

Hi Jodi, the card is excellent and saved my skin the other night. The restaurant that we went to boils its edamame in the same water as its udon noodles.  The poor waiter kept pointing at the card when I said I could have edamame until he managed to explain the way they cooked them.

Needless to say I didn’t get much for dinner that night, but I wasn’t poisoned either.

Indispensable.  Thanks again

Testimonial from a different reader named Nicole who used the Spain gluten free card:

The waitress in Barcelona looked at the card and said it was fantastic, one of the best she has seen :)  The types of food you listed seemed spot on for me…I don’t feel like anything was missed, and I did not get sick. Thank you!

Free, Long Celiac-Friendly Country Guides

In addition to the cards above, I’ve also created long celiac guides that I am offering on this site for for free. Each guide has foods that are safe, foods to avoid, where to shop to buy gluten free products, local celiac societies, further reading, and more.

Here’s what I’ve got so far:

Since I started offering these cards, readers have asked for an English version with similar text, since it communicates both cross-contamination and roux in soup, soy sauce, mayonnaise, and additional items.

Just send me an email via my contact page (or click the card below to get to my contact page) and I’ll email you a download link for free.

english gluten free restaurant card

Click to send me an email for this card!

General Resources about Celiac Disease

At the bottom of the page are the city-specific guides I have written for celiacs or for those who are seeking to avoid gluten but still roam the world. These are in addition to the long free guides above.

For general resources about celiac disease:

  • Celiac Primer: For those who want to understand what exactly celiac disease is, and isn’t, see this guide.
  • Books to Read:
    • Gluten Freedom: The Nation’s Leading Expert Offers the Essential Guide to a Healthy, Gluten-Free Lifestyle, by Alessio Fasano. As the founder of the Center for Celiac Research, Fasano is one of the pioneers for celiac disease research and management, and his book is one of the more helpful ones out there. Not only does it go through the basics, but it separates facts from myth, and details suggestions for some of the scarier symptoms of glutening, like depression, anxiety, foggy mind, and joint pain. A comforting read from an expert.
    • Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic, by Peter H.R. Green M.D. & Rory Jones. This book, revised and updated in 2016, provides thorough information about celiac disease and gluten intolerance / sensitivity, as well as talking about the identity shifts that come with being diagnosed with a chronic illness. It also includes guides for safe eating (what’s safe to consume) and is especially helpful for USA readers as it collates national support groups and manufacturers.
    • Mayo Clinic Going Gluten Free: Essential Guide to Managing Celiac Disease and Other Gluten-Related Conditions, by Joseph A. Murray M.D. This book is practical and specific, written by some of the leading experts in celiac disease management and diagnosis. It includes recipes, travel, and how to manage the diet changes as a parent with a celiac child.

Shop – Tote Bag for Celiacs

gluten free travel

Now in the Legal Nomads Shop: a section for celiacs. A percentage of proceeds from the Bull-Woven Tote will go to the Beyond Celiac Foundation. Tote bags and t-shirts with the slogan, “I’m not being trendy, I have the disease”.

Gluten Free Travel: City Guides on Legal Nomads