The holidays are approaching and many people with food restrictions are dreading the holiday dinner. When people talk about this they often use the word “surviving” but with careful thought and planning it is possible to actually enjoy the holiday meal.
These are my suggestions for ways to actually enjoy the holiday meal, even with food restrictions:
- Take you best positive attitude.
- Focus on being with family and friends rather than the food.
- Eat a light meal or snack before you go just in case you end up with only salad.
- Take responsibility for your own food needs rather than depending on others to feed you.
- Consider hosting the family meal yourself.
- If going to another’s home talk to the hostess in advance.
- Take a dish (or two) of something you can eat to share.
- Have food to eat that is comparable to the family meal. No sitting in the corner nibbling on a Lara bar while every else chows down on turkey.
- If the full meal is too much to handle show up after the meal with the family album, family stories or your most wickedly delightful gluten free dessert to share.
This is one of those times it really isn’t about the food. Time passes so fast. People change, they move away and yes, they even die. Don’t squander precious opportunities to enjoy being with friends and family. Go to the family dinner prepared, give Grandma a big hug and most of all have a good time. Yes, it is still possible.
Rogene Robbins is an artist, writer, student of positive thinking and spirituality and home cook who has been living gluten free for eight years. She focuses on the positive aspects of gluten free living and using creativity to improve quality of life. Rogene is the author of The Gluten Free Good Life available at Espirational Books and the Kindle Store.