Have it Your Way / Can’t Eat Won’t Eat / The Naked Allergy Debate

Gluten free

Ever heard of the saying ‘from small acorns…’ Well we at Vassaliki have had an experience of this in our restaurant.  What started with a simple omelette for a travel weary guest has now developed into a fully functioning restaurant offering breakfast, lunch, evening meals, cuisine night,, BBQ’s and themed buffets!  However, as usual our guests constantly set us new challenges and now we are experiencing a new trend that is opening new culinary avenues for our chef to explore through dietary requirements and lifestyle choices in terms of food consumption.

There is an increased awareness in our clientele that what we eat can have an impact on our health and well being.  This being the case, we have made every possible effort, here at Vassaliki , to accommodate those diners who would in previous years, have been thought of as fussy.

Allergies are increasing!fresh ingredients

The latest surveys show that rates of allergies throughout the world are increasing and affecting 30-35% of people at some stage of their lives.  Recent studies have confirmed a significant increase in the incidents of food related allergies.  A large number of children are diagnosed with an allergenic condition, and guess what they become adults.  It is still unclear what is causing this growth in food intolerance and food allergies.  But one thing is clear, it is something the modern restaurateur has to take into consideration and it can no longer be brushed aside by chefs as an inconvenient fad!

Nut allergies and their potential severe, possible fatal reactions (anaphylactic) have been well documented. Sufferers know to avoid obvious foods and notify the restaurateur of their condition.  However other less common and less aggressive allergies are becoming more prevalent.

Coeliac disease is an auto-immune disorder that is known to affect 1 in every 100 people.  The ingestion of gluten leads to damage of the small intestine.  ConsequGluten freeently some of our guests require a full gluten free diet.  Others have a yeast intolerance or just feel better when they reduce their intake of these two products.  Our experienced chef Nick has developed a number of recipes using imported gluten free ingredients, baking gluten free pastries and making yeast free bread for those guests who require it.

Some of our diners are lactose intolerant, unable to digest milk products.  We have guests with allergies of beef products, shell fish and even one lady with an allergy to pepper.

In many restaurants , these allergies create a problem for the diner.  Not only that he / she must avoid the obvious food stuffs, but also the less obvious such as sauces, desserts, soups, ice cream etc. where hidden ingredients may be lurking.  This is not a problem at Vassaliki because Nick makes all our dishes from scratch and knows exactly what has gone into them.

As well as allergies the discerning chef must also cater for the lifestyle. The vegetarians, pescetarians and vegan lifestyles are all becoming much more in evidence.  It is up to us to cater for these requirements and we hope the guests feel able to tell us about their dietary requirements.  At Vassaliki we pride ourselves, that as a small resort with a high staff to guest ratio and an enthusiastic and talented chef, we are able to offer an individual culinary experience.  We have even catered for vegetarians who don’t like many vegetables!

Our chef offers delicious vegetarian dishes as an alternative to a meat course. In fact some of them are so tempting that our veggie dishes sometimes out sell the meat options.  All our food is locally sourced and our dishes made with the freshest ingredients.

So do not hide away, you are not awkward, a problem or fussy.  You are part of a growing population with alternative dietary needs.  It is your choice, your health, your holiday and here at Vassaliki we strive to make it a memorable and gastronomically satisfying experience.

Written by Sheryle Daniels

5 reasons why you should go on a naturist holiday with children

Here are 5 reasons why travelling with children as a naturist is a great idea and with a few rooms still available during May half term and the school summer holidays, Vassaliki is the perfect resort to bring your family to.  As you will :

Family1. Save money and time

When you travel as a naturist you don’t need as much clothing which will save you a lot of packing/unpacking and might even save you a fair deal of money. Many low cost carriers don’t include luggage in their prices (except for hand luggage), they will charge you a great deal extra for hold baggage.

Example – RyanAir has a fee of 25 to 50 EUR for a 20kg bag – each way. If you are a family of 4 and normally need to bring 3 bags then you probably could save, at least one bag while travelling as a naturist. 50 to 100 EUR saved – that is not bad at all!

2. Easier for the children 

Families with small children will find it easier travelling as a naturist for many reasons. You don’t need to help the kids to get dressed when they want to go outside. Plus the number of times children get mucky playing in the grass / sand or get an ice cream everywhere, it is easier to shower them clean than accumulate a pile of washing that’s hard to get through in a bathroom sink. Applying sun cream to a child is easier when they are naked, you are less likely to miss patches and therefore cause the children discomfort if they burn.

3. Children learn to accept their body and others in a positive way

We live in a society where everything is hidden and everything is shown at the same time.

Lack of communal changing in schools encourages our children to shy their body away, BUT at the same time, nudity is also shown a lot in the media. However what is shown, is discouraging to our children’s confidence.  It is either a perfect body which has been photoshopped and manipulated OR it is shown in a titivating manner, suggestive that showing your body is the wrong thing to do.

This mix gives a very confusing image of the human body – no wonder many children and young people have perplexing body image issues.

When children are on a naturist beach, naturist resort or other places where nudity is ok, then they will discover that all people have different and imperfect bodies, there is no such thing as a normality they should strive for. This will help the children accept their body as it is.

Acceptance of diversity really leads to acceptance of yourself. This doesn’t just count for the children but also for you as parents.  When you meet other people who, like you, have chosen to do something different than the norm, this makes you feel that this might be a great idea.

Meeting other people and seeing their different bodies, will also help make you accept that your body is equally different but perfect in its own way. And yes – you might think your hips are a bit too large and you have gained some weight after the birth of your wonderful child, so have many other mothers. That is actually an ok, normal and beautiful thing!

4. Children learn to be less materialistic

In a naturist environment, children will not compare who has got the latest fashionable clothes and who hasn’t. Naked we are all equal. They will find that when they mingle with other children the focus will not be on how they are dressed, but on who they are, thereby accepting other children as who they are. They will form truer friendships and learn to be great judges of character as they will learn not to jump to conclusions about others based on initial materialism. These are invaluable things to learn as a child.

5. Get back to being ‘you’

Living together and accepting your own body and your family members means you will spend less time worrying about who you are and more time actually being who you are.  Get back to being you!

When you are happy with yourself, this will rub off on to your children.  It is incredible how much our children learn from our body language, negativity etc. as much as from what we outwardly try to teach them.

In a naturist environment you will find that everyone else is more accepting and interested in you as a person. They tend to spend more time listening to what you say instead of forming judgements or studying your body.

It is really satisfying that you can find an inner peace in just being you.

This article was written drawing inspiration from another similar article we found online, however we apologise as we cannot remember the source.