Tips to Empower Your
Food allergies often need extra attention to help us navigate through the holidays.
Empower your gluten-free holidays with these helpful tips to make them shine.
Tip #1: No Licking Allowed!
Starting my gluten-free journey, I learned that envelope seals contained gluten. Now, according to The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center, “The Envelope Manufacturers Association Website states, ‘Remoistenable adhesives are derived from corn starch and do not contain wheat or rye gluten.’ ”
Yet, About.com stated that envelope seals tested found gluten was present.
Stay clear of ruining a fun holiday day by licking your Holiday Card envelopes. Be on the safe side. Either buy the self seal envelopes, or simply use a sponge to wet the seal. Even better, have your kids help and make it fun – just no licking!
Tip#2: Just Say NO!
Saying NO can be hard for some. At times, we do need to practice saying, “No . . . Thank you”, to certain foods.
At a restaurant, a holiday party or dinner at a friend’s house, be confident and say “No Thank You” when you’re not comfortable eating a food being served.
Having food allergies keeps you on your toes about every bite you decide to put into your mouth. Do not take a food that you are not 100% certain is safe for you to consume. Never put your health on the line to spare someone’s feelings by trying their new recipe. You, and your health, are very important.
Do not eat to be polite. You’ll be the one paying the price. Smile, and say, “No, Thank You”.
Tip #3: Always Be Prepared!
Holiday parties and the social events at this time of the year are a lot of fun. While living a life with food allergies, these events can sometimes put you in a panic! Relax!
The key is to be prepared. In the past, I attended events where I suddenly realized, due to my allergies, that there was nothing for me to eat. Not the best situation.
Now, I know better. Don’t let this ruin your evening, be prepared:
*Eat before you go.
*Bring a dish you can eat and share.
*Keep a bunch of small snacks in your bag to nibble on as you enjoy visiting with people at the party.
*Be prepared and enjoy yourself!
Use these tips to help create your
easy going gluten-free holidays!
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