Three years ago I went back to my hometown to visit my parents for the holidays. I did not plan ahead at all. I just expected my mom to understand my new diet. I am her only daughter and I knew she would have done some research at the library, ask friends and search the internet. She would be ready for my three day visit. Gluten free delights would be all over the house.
When it was time to eat, I kid you not, she handed me a bunch of raw broccoli and said, “This is for you. Just make it the way you like.” I laughed because it was so cute. It was gluten free. But that taught me a valuable lesson. Plan ahead. You are the only person responsible for your health. If you know you are going to be outside of your home, you need to be ready!
These days I bring a cooler with me on vacations and short trips. I tend to over buy, but it’s better than not having enough. This year for Christmas, this is what is in my food bag:
- GF Pretzels
- Woodchuck Cider and Wine
- Home Made Snack Packs with nuts, chocolate chips and Chex
- Gluten Free Cookies I made in the past and placed in the freezer.
- I box of GF broth (in case I need to cook)
I also am pre cooking a few meals. I will just transport them to my destination in a secure container. This is a great idea since I am a total grump when I am hungry.
Same rules apply to parties. Always bring something GF with you. Or eat in advance. I don’t like to make a big deal about my diet. You are there to have a good time and no one is having fun it you are pouting in the corner because you are hungry/angry-Hangry!
Happy Holidays! Tell me what you did for your gatherings?