My biggest worry about traveling – even if only for a day trip – is being able to find myself a meal. I keep to a rather restrictive diet to treat a chronic illness which often makes it difficult to order in restaurants. When I left a couple of weeks ago, I was concerned I wouldn’t find much that was both completely grain-free and sugar free. I even stuffed my checked luggage with snacks just in case. Thankfully, I’ve found that London has been extremely accommodating and often easy to keep to my diet. In fact, I’ve found a lot of great grab-and-go options in a wider variety here than I have at home. Many items that I have to travel to specialty stores for in Raleigh, I can find readily on the shelf of any grocery store here. I’m also thankful for the stricter label laws in the UK which has reassured me the items I was buying were safe for me; it’s often a gamble in the US because any number of ingredients can be left off the list. I may have missed out on the traditional fish and chips and those amazing looking pastries that come with afternoon tea, but I’ll remember the beautiful dish of cut fruit at Sketch Tea House, the Superfood Salads from M&S, the crisp ciders almost everywhere, the shredded salt beef at Burrow Market, and organic vendor goodies we were treated to on the last day of class. - Amanda Lewis
Posted by olympian on August 7, 2012 | Filed under: Olympics.