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Gluten-Free & Paleo-ish in Japan

Jake's First Sushi!Just about a year ago, my mom and brother visited me in Japan. We had a wonderful time traveling, but I was a little worried about food. I wasn’t sure how adventurous they would be, as it was their first international trip. But I was super proud of how flexible they were and how willing they were to try new things! Even fish for breakfast

I’ve finally thrown together a short list of ways you can eat gluten-free if you travel to Japan. I also follow a Paleo template (Chris Kresser style, similar to the Perfect Health Diet), and since I tolerate white rice well I enjoy the monthly treat of sustainable SUSHI! Here’s my strategy for eating out.

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Probably the biggest advantage I have is that I speak Japanese, so I can grill servers & waitstaff on ingredients. If you don’t have a translator built in to your family, I highly recommend these international travel cards from Celiac Travel. If you don’t tolerate dairy either, they have a highly useful explanation of casein intolerance too.

But on to the food!

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My favorite snack or build-your-own-protein is yakitori, which is chicken skewers of differing varieties. Make sure you get the shio (しお、塩) flavor, which is just salt & pepper. Probably my number one recommendation is stay away from sauces here in Japan – it’s bound to have wheat and soy in it!

IMG_1816For restaurant dining, yaki niku is my go-to. Many of these restaurants have English menus, especially in tourist areas. Again, go for the shio-flavored (しお、塩) side of the menu, NOT tare(たれ)! That is some sort of soy sauce-based marinade. You can have fun grilling your own meat and vegetables and enjoy a side of rice as well. Mom & Jake & I ate at a fantastic restaurant in Kyoto and one near Mt. Fuji too.

Quick Guide to Yaki-toriDon’t worry, you don’t have to concentrate this hard while cooking, either:

Though you may want to brush up on your chopstick skills:

Another great restaurant option is kaiten-zushi (回転寿し、かいてんすし)! That is the famous rotating sushi where all you have to do is walk in, sit down, scope out the choices and grab a plate! Definitely my favorite place to go when I travel or for a special occasion. Stick with simple, single-ingredient choices like sashimi (raw fish) or cucumber. I would stay away from mayonaise-based concoctions, anything drizzled with a sauce, and of course fried food. Many of these restaurants have English menus as well.

serious grilling face excited for sushi street lunch Jake's ice cream testing
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