Thanksgiving offers plenty of challenges for those with celiac disease, gluten intolerance and food allergies. I have found that the bigger the guest list, the bigger the challenges and truth be told, often people just don’t get it. If family members are on the guest list, often the challenges increase exponentially! My family is well aware of my daughter’s life threatening peanut allergy. Yet, there was the time the turkey was deep fried in peanut oil and the sweet potato casserole contained nuts. Fortunately, despite these unfortunate incidents, we have managed to have allergic reaction free holidays and plan to keep it that way! My favorite way to avoid any issues is simply to host the holiday myself. When guests ask what to bring, my first suggestion is wine followed by something inedible like flowers! Of course, it is not always possible nor practical to host a holiday gathering. As always, when it comes to deciding what is safe to eat, comfort level is a very personal decision.
Food Allergies, Celiac’s and Thanksgiving Meals
The obvious option when attending a holiday celebration at another’s home is to bring your own complete plate of food and a “safe” dessert to share. Consider having a pre-Thanksgiving dinner a week or two before, maybe even make chicken if that’s easier, and create a plate of safe food to pop in the freezer and take with you on the holiday. Cybele Pascale offers a fantastic selection of gluten free and allergy friendly recipes and just general good advice and recipes for anytime of the year. I encourage you to see what she has to offer on her website at www.cybelepascale.com. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and I find it also helps to focus on the spirit of the holiday and remember to be thankful for the ever increasing scientific advancements and management advice when it comes to living with celiac disease and food allergies. Progress has been steady and eventually there will be a cure! Until then, be well and have a very happy Thanksgiving!!!
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