Now that the holiday season is around the corner, are you ready to handle various situations that can be potentially challenging? When you suffer from numerous food allergies it can be difficult to make the typical holiday favorites let alone prevent yourself from cross-contamination at friend’s houses. The holiday season is supposed to be a joyous time with friends and family but it can also be a nightmare if you’re not prepared. Thanksgiving is a little more than three weeks away, YES 3 WEEKS and it’s not too early to start planning ahead. Here are some simple tips that can help you with preparation….

  1. Don’t panic
  2. Start researching various blog sites for your typical holiday favorites
  3. If you suffer from multiple food allergies contact them about substitutions
  4. Invite friends over to prevent cross-contamination issues.
  5. Make some of the side dishes ahead of time to perfect the recipe and make changes as necessary.

If you plan on attending a friend’s house for the holidays, ask them if you can bring some of your own dishes as chances are they will not be able to cook for you. Remember even though a lot of holiday dishes can be gluten-free it doesn’t mean that your friend’s cookware and preparation is good enough to prevent you from getting sick. I know the simple thing to do is say you’re going to eat ahead of time and even though that might be the safest thing, it’s not necessary and can be prevented if you can bring some of your own dishes. Personally, I think the best option is hosting if you’re willing to do it. Last year over Christmas I had about twelve people over and only half of them had food allergies. It went over extremely well, everyone enjoyed the traditional dishes and most importantly nobody got sick. This was during my 180 day elimination diet so I was required to make everything gluten, dairy, soy, egg and corn-free. I reached out to several different gluten-free bloggers and made a few dishes ahead of time to test them. We made turkey, stuffing, sweet potato mash as well as other holiday favorites and everyone was satisfied. The best part of it all was when my friends that don’t have any food allergies said they couldn’t taste the difference!!!

Remember the holidays are meant to be a joyous time and I can guarantee that if you follow those simple steps you should have no fears heading into the holiday season. So remember don’t delay, prepare now and let’s start enjoying what I think is the best time of year!

Stay Healthy!!