Welcome

Welcome to the travel blog that inspires gluten free adventures.

Jasmine recently returned home. She was a full-time traveler for 2 years, after which she spent 7 months back in the UK saving up for her latest trip around India where she completed her yoga teacher training course. As a coeliac and vegetarian she doesn’t let gluten get in the way of her desire to explore. Join “Coeliac on the Road” and be inspired to view gluten free travel as a pleasure, not a burden.

I’ve always loved travel. Being coeliac won’t stop me from exploring the world and experiencing different ways of living. I’ve been travelling full-time since I finished university in June 2014 and have recently returned home to ground myself. The possibilities are endless and I’m so grateful that I was diagnosed so that I could identify the problem and cut out gluten to go onto lead a healthy life that enables me to go on countless adventures.

On this blog you will find:

Travel Journals

It makes a unique traveller being gluten-free AND a vegetarian, there’s that little bit extra organisation needed to ensure there will be the right food available but gluten free travel is a pleasure, not a burden. So far I’ve travelled Morocco as a coeliac, volunteered in the West Bank, visited Germany, France, Réunion Island, India and all kinds of places across the UK.

Recipes
because for me being coeliac is all about having a good relationship with food – viewing it as a valuable source of nutrients. Putting together freshly prepared ingredients and cooking a meal from scratch is nurturing your self. And with all the damage our insides have put up with from eating gluten previous to diagnosis, it deserves some wholesome, nutritious, fresh and hand cooked grub! I was brought up a vegetarian so that plays a big role in my recipes and the way I view food.

Another important aspect of food, for me, is the way in which it is sourced. Local veg, organic where possible, fair trade if sourced from afar and an awareness of where food comes from. If I did eat meat, I would only eat organic, free range and responsibly reared animals. On my WWOOF trip I inquired into sustainable living and learnt all about organic growing.

Musings
as I suss out trying to get my body to 100% health and moving forward from illness.

LET’S CONNECT

Jasmine Irving is a writer, traveller, TEFL English Teacher and recently qualified yoga teacher.

She graduated from Falmouth University (UK) with a First Class BA HONS Degree in English Literature and Media Studies, specialising in feminist, post colonial theory. She missed her graduation ceremony because she was WWOOFing on an organic farm with an autonomous community. She spent 14 months travelling by staying with hosts and working in exchange for food and board. She actively seeks ways to make positive contributions to the local and global community.

In 2016 she returned from Réunion Island where she worked as an English assistant for the British Council and an English teacher at KoSez. She then went on to work in a vegetarian cafe to save up for training in India to become a yoga teacher. She writes in her spare time and is at present living in the North of England.

Want to connect? Contact  :  jasmineirving@hotmail.co.uk or get in touch via her facebook page.

Jasmine regularly writes for online publications. You can find her previously published work here:

The Huffington Post Blog UK

World Unwrapped

“The Joys of Fair Share Travel” for Positive News (French Translation for POSITIVR)

“Five Reasons Gluten Free Travel is a Pleasure not a Burden” for Positive News

“Catalysing Change” for Positive News

She was also interviewed to feature in a piece in The Guardian about “Inspiring Lifestyles for 2016”

And interviewed for “The Cool Graduate: Inspirational Graduate of the Week”

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5 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. Charley

    Hi, I’ve been diagnosed as a Coeliac for about a year now and I’m starting to look at Uni’s. I was wondering if you had any advice about additional support/grants for financing accommodation. By this I mean having to have a gluten free kitchen and appliances.
    Do you have any tips when looking/choosing a uni in relation to this disease?
    Thank you 🙂
    Charley

    1. Hey Charley,
      Thanks for stopping by! I’m not sure that there’s any financial help for that or not, best bet would be to check with each university as I imagine it could be different depending on what kind of support they offer. With regards to choosing where to go, I would go to wherever you feel suits you best and then after that you can work around the coeliac. I’ve been to lots of different places in the world and always find a way to make it work being gluten-free. Top tip would be to just be really clear and assertive about your needs in the kitchen with shared houses. Also when in a new place, I always try to familiarize myself with local health food shops/places that I can get gluten-free food. Good luck and any more questions, feel free to get in touch! Jasmine

    1. Thank you!

      I’ve never heard of it no but looks like a great project that I would really love to be involved in next time I go travelling, thank you for sharing that with me 🙂

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