Teaching Your Friends & Family About Gluten Free Living

By: Suzanne Wolke

 

Family get-togethers, holiday parties with your co-workers, and ringing in the New Year with friends. What’s not to love!?

 

However, with all the upcoming holiday get-togethers, eating gluten-free surrounded by people unfamiliar with your sensitive may seem a little daunting. Luckily it doesn’t have to be! This month we’re sharing tips and tricks to make your gluten-free holiday season a safe and enjoyable one.

 

Keep reading to learn how you can help your family understand your gluten free needs.

 

 

  1. Tell your friends and family WHY you’re gluten free. Whether you have Celiac disease, are gluten intolerant, or have another reason for eating gluten free, it’ll help them better understand your situation and accommodating your dietary needs will be top of mind.
  2. Help educate! Even for the gluten free pros, cooking and baking can seem overwhelming from time to time. Help your friends and family understand which dishes usually contain gluten and how you can easily make them gluten-free. Recommend safe ingredients, recipes, certified gluten-free products, and where you can purchase the items you’ll need. It may even be helpful to make them a little cheat sheet that they can hang on their fridge.
  3. Don’t forget about cross-contamination. With the best intentions, those closest to you may proudly make you gluten free cookies, breads, stuffing, etc. just to accidentally gluten you. Let them know that the gluten-free dishes must be prepared separately and cannot come in contact with gluten containing dishes or ingredients. You can always offer to make certain dishes in your own kitchen and bring them to the get-together later. Just ask your host to have a designated gluten-free table.
  4. Communicate. It can be a little scary for a host to provide their first gluten free meal. Make sure you keep open lines of communication and offer to help in any way you can. Help answer any questions and make sure to exchange contact information.

 

Another great resource for hosts is NCFA Entertaining Gluten-Free Guests guide. Download it here.

 

Do you have any advice for gluten-free newbies during their first holiday season?

One Response to “Teaching Your Friends & Family About Gluten Free Living”

  1. Janice says:

    I don’t have much advice for anyone because the way I deal with this issue is kind of sad. I just limit the party’s I go to. Even though the host usually knows that I have to eat GF and adds a few dishes just for me it’s still hard to deal with all the guests asking me questions like…”This gravy is fantastic why didn’t you try it”? or “Did you see those cupcakes…so delicious…you should try one”? or “Why did you bring your own food”? These are just a few. I now only go to close family dinners.

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