I expected my very first holiday being gluten free to be a total bust. At the time, I didn’t have any strategies or gluten free holiday tips to rely on. Instead, I expected to hit a bunch of “speed bumps” pretty hard.
Yes, I was embarrassed by a relative who mocked my diet change.
No, I totally failed to tell the host that I had food restrictions and that I was now gluten free.
No, I didn’t bother to bring any side dishes or desserts that I could eat. I don’t even think I packed a snack in my bag!
I’m not sure what I expected (back in 2008) to be honest especially considering that my family is Italian and we do pasta no matter what the holiday.
But somehow it all worked out despite a few scrapes that taught me a lot for the next time.
And those pearls of wisdom are what I’d like to share with you today (and go beyond just being gluten free).
If you find the holidays to be THE WORST, then you’ll want to tune in!
Today’s podcast kicks off Season 4 of the Gluten-Free School Podcast. (I know… Season 4!!!)
The tone will be different… more focused on stories and action steps.
More to the point.
Some will be short (today’s is only about 10 minutes long) while others may be longer if I have a guest.
Let’s take a step together forward so that you stop feeling paralyzed by fear or overwhelm. That better, healthier life is waiting 🙂
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5 Tips To Survive A Gluten-Free Holiday
Please stop fearing the holidays!
That’s why I want to share with you 5 of the most practical tips that have totally changed how I experience the holidays for the better.
In this episode…
– When to approach the host of the meal
– How to phrase your situation so that the host isn’t offended by your food restrictions
– Why you should leave your soapbox at home from any holiday event
– Boundaries you need to set up front so family members know up front to be on better behavior
– What you should always offer any time you go to someone’s home for a holiday meal
– and much more…
I know these tips work… check out this note passed on to me from Gluten Free School reader April Jensen…
I have to tell you, I followed your advice on how to deal with family, especially on holidays. This was the first Thanksgiving where my parents put a lot of thought and effort into accommodating my diet needs. I was surprised and extremely happy! It alleviated a lot of stress.
Got any other great tips or strategies to share?
Maybe a mis-step you took and what happened during a holiday?
Leave your comments below!!!