Holidays seem to have one social event after another that all involve eating. These suggestions can help especially if you don’t eat certain foods due to an allergy or intolerance. If you want to be successful in your continued pursuit of eating optimally, try out these tips.
- Eat a small meal at home before going to the social event. This will dull your hunger and prevent you from indulging in foods that are not the best for you nutritionally.
- Bring something to the event that you can eat. Make a special dish that caters to your specific nutritional needs and share it with others. This can help educate others to food options for their next event to help accommodate individual dietary needs.
- Be open about your eating habits. Inform family and friends what you are doing and why. This may be an opportunity to instruct them about nutrition and help them understand why you don’t cheat on your “diet.” It’s time to frame optimal nutrition as a way of life and not a short-term method of losing weight.
- Join a support group to help arm yourself with knowledge that you can share with others about your condition like Celiac.org/chapters, food-allergy.org, or our resource support group on Facebook.