The next few weeks are going to prove to be the biggest test of self control that I have ever experienced. This will be my very first holiday season being gluten-free. To say that I’m a bit apprehensive would be an understatement. I will admit, I have a crazy sweet tooth. I’m not quite as nervous about Thanksgiving as I am for Christmas (luckily, I’m not a pie person, otherwise I would be in a panic).
I know that I need to go into the next couple weeks with a game plan. Here’s how I’m preparing to spend my first holiday season completely gluten-free:
Let the host know of your food sensitivities. As much as it sucks to be “that person”, it’s important to make sure that you don’t accidentally “glutenize” yourself. Let the person in charge of the gatherings that you will be attending know of your food allergy ahead of time and ask if they could check the food labels of the dishes they are cooking.
Make your own gluten-free dessert and/or side dish. If you’re a guest attending a gathering, I would hope that you’re already planning on contributing a dish. Otherwise, rude 😉 You might as well make that dish gluten-free! Bonus points if non gluten-free family members rave about it.
Go for the tried and true naturally G-F foods. Fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, go for the foods that you know are naturally gluten-free. Luckily, the holidays usually have a delicious selection of meats! Also, enjoy the fact that your food allergy is forcing you to make healthier food choices when most people fall off the wagon 😉
Focus on the real reason for the season. Unfortunately, as Americans, we place so much emphasis on eating around the holidays. When you start to feel bad for yourself about having to eat differently than everyone around you (as I’m sure I will, from time to time), take a second to appreciate who you’re surrounded by and what the holidays are all about.
Anyone else out there riding the gluten-free train through the holidays this season? What are you doing to help get through it unscathed?