Welcome to the years of beer and pizza…stop right there. As we all know both of those are stuffed with gluten and if you have Celiac Disease you can’t consume them, or can you? Sure you won’t be able to just wonder into any pizzeria but that doesn’t mean you need to stress about being away at college and living a gluten free life. As a whole, gluten free options have become much more common among restaurants and eateries but you still need to do some research.
Because eating gluten free is not an option for you, you will need to make it your top priority when choosing a college to go to. Don’t only look at the dining halls though, be sure to investigate how gfree friendly the town/city your school is in as well. It is great if the dining halls have gluten free options but once you move off campus those are no longer your main source of meals.
I would also be weary of what the school’s websites and recruiters say. Of course they won’t lie to you by saying they have gluten free options when they really don’t but they may not be as honest with you as you need. In the end they are trying to get you to their school no matter what it takes. Try and find a student that does go to the school that can honestly answer questions for you about the food on and around campus.
When I was searching for schools food was in my mind but shoved to a dark corner. Now that I went through freshman year I realize how important it is to have healthy options, no matter where you go, you will get sick of the food by the end of the year. The University of Colorado at Boulder provided amazing food all year round and sure I was ready to never go into the C4C (the main dining hall on campus) again, but it wasn’t until the last couple weeks. They have a sandwich station that uses Rudi’s Bread, so that is also a huge plus. Gluten free, dairy free, egg free, allergen free, kosher, vegetarian, you name it and the C4C and most dining halls on campus tailor to your dietary needs. And you don’t have to search for it, they make it so easy for anyone to eat well.
Boulder also has the most amazing food scene. From the ma and pop coffee shops to the vast amount of natural grocery stores to the overwhelmingly big restaurant options, Boulder loves food. Some of my favorite places to go that happen to be gluten free friendly are The Med, The Kitchen [next door], Larkburger, The Village, and Modmarket. I could have made that list so much longer but I wanted to spare you my over excitement for the food in Boulder.
Now of course Boulder is not the only college or college town that is this accepting to the gluten free lifestyle. You just need to research it and make sure you are choosing a place where eating becomes difficult because if that happens than you will have a hard time feeling at home. Moving away from home is hard enough, try and make it as easy and smooth as possible for yourself. Pick a place that you can live easily and be happy, I know I sure did:)