Like more and more people, I have food intolerance and even sensitivity. So I know firsthand that when you’re in this camp, you feel very nervous at home on Thanksgiving.
When I look back at anything I need (like my sister-in-law’s pumpkin bread!) When I could easily eat something that had no impact, I realized that for someone who didn’t have a problem with food intolerance. So try to be patient with your family and friends and know that you can and will be able to pass through all the mothers’ food festivals.
First of all, it is important to note that food intolerance is not the same as food allergy. Food allergies are a more serious and potentially life-threatening condition that usually requires an EpiPen 24 hours a day. For people with food allergies, I recommend not eating anything unless you are 100% sure what it is and how it is made. Even simple things like using the same appliance in two sets can lead to cross-contamination, which can lead to allergic reactions. Food intolerance is also different from celiac disease, another very serious medical condition, which must be avoided.
Food intolerance is different and sometimes hard to get hold of. When you to certain foods (e.g., lactose, gluten, soy, eggs, or corn) sensitive, eat them could cause all sorts of trouble symptoms, such as abdominal distension or indigestion, skin inflammation, itching or vertigo, existing skin conditions, such as eczema or psoriasis. Other reactions include headaches or migraines, brain fog, fatigue, irritability, and generally just the feeling of the weather.
While not as serious as food allergies or abdominal diseases, food intolerance can lead to problems you don’t want to experience, especially during the holiday weekend. So how do you avoid a reaction, especially when you’re eating in a friend or family home? Here are some tips to help me.
Related: 5 things you should know before trying to eliminate your diet
Talk to the moderator about the menu in advance
I’m not suggesting that you ask your host for a special dish. But asking about the services you’re going to provide is completely correct, so you can plan ahead. Explain your situation by phone or in person (don’t leave it to text or email). Your host may not know what food intolerance is, so share your story simply. And be sure to clarify that you didn’t ask for a change. You just need to know which dishes to avoid, so you can feel your best and enjoy the day.
Bring a safety plate (or two)
At the end of the conversation, ask if your host can take some food you know is safe. He or she may rest assured. If so, pack enough to prevent others from wanting your recipes.
If you know that mashed potatoes can contain butter and cream, and you can’t tolerate dairy products, consider taking baked potato chips with coconut oil, maple syrup, ginger and cinnamon. If green beans are to be added, you can’t eat Fried Onions like nuts or gluten – with some olive oil and roasted Brussels sprouts.
The traditional Thanksgiving dessert may contain a range of ingredients that you may be sensitive to, so you can also bring dessert. To prevent embarrassment or competition, bring something that isn’t on the menu, not something that’s changed. It also increases the chances that others will like the dish you bring.
If you feel the stress level rising at dinner, focus on slowly controlling your breathing. Or recruit a guest to go outside for some fresh air or walk. If you receive back, or as “everything is in your mind” such comments, then reached out to touch a friend who know it, may even a few miles away. Quick verbal communication can calm your nerves and remind you that you’re doing your best to take care of yourself (although aunt Jill feels that way).