Christmas is upon us. This can be a stressful time of the year. If you just went gluten free or have food allergies it can be even more stressful, confusing and  overwhelming.

The challenge comes for you on how to get through the holidays. People have their opinions on how you eat and why your doing it . Some think its just a sham and doesn’t affect your health.

I get it have been there too. I use to hate this time of year after I found out I had to switch my lifestyle and how I ate.  I remember missing my old foods. Going to a friends and relative house and they expected me to eat that favorite dish that I always did when I was there.

To share what happened to me during Christmas. I had a Christmas party that I wanted to go to. I ate before I went but I forgot to take any food with me that I knew I could eat. I ended up getting hungry at the party. The host told me there were gluten free foods. When I looked at the buffet table. I felt overwhelmed and nothing was marked gluten free. To add to my frustration how the food was laid out on the table. It could have gotten easily contaminated. I was hungry the whole time and couldn’t eat anything. It wasn’t much fun.

At my mom’s house. I went home for Christmas. She and my brother didn’t take me being celiac or gluten intolerant, seriously. They kept cooking how they always cooked. It got to the point I was going go never go home again. I was so mad and angry at them for not taking this seriously. I knew I had to talk to them and let them know how this affected me. I sit down with them and had a conversation with them about how ill the wrong food made me and what the long term impacts were on my body. This wasn’t a big joke. They didn’t totally get at the time. Years have passed and they do understand it more. My mom saw how long it took me to get healthy and back on my feet. I made a deal with them. I cook when I with them. Its a win-win for both of us. I know I wont get sick and they get time off from cooking.

I know we all have different situations come up this time of the year.

Here are 3 tips that will help you through the holidays.

1)Don’t get decision fatigue- Decision fatigue is when your tired, didn’t plan ahead or prepare anything to have on hand or take with you. If your out running Christmas errands make sure to take snacks with you. If you have a dinner to go to prepare food to take with you to eat. Take another dish that you can take with everyone. It’s a great way to introduce people to your “new” food.

No matter how well intentioned friends and family are they don’t know all the ends and outs of how you have to eat now.

2) Create an activity to do with your friends and family outside of drinking and eating. Meet for yoga,a walk, looking at Christmas lights. This takes the pressure of of eating and drinking. What creative ideas could you do instead of an event of eating and drinking?

Share below your ideas in the comments.

3) If you want to do an holiday party. Host your own. Hosting will allow you to prepare a couple of dishes that you know that you can eat. Have other people bring a dish. One thing I do is suggest recipes to people that they can make (there are many things you have to teach them if you do this so that cross contamination wont happen). This is something I get more in-depth on in coaching.

Mark the dishes that are gluten free with a label on a spoon or a toothpick. This will allow people to know what dishes are gluten free and aren’t.

Put the gluten free food in one area. This way people wont be reaching over the dishes with spoons or plates that could have cross contamination happen.

I know I struggled when I first found out I need to eat gluten free. There was so much misinformation and I spent hours on the internet. I had to educate myself on what to do and how to eat. I made mistakes and learned from them. Now I can pass that knowledge to you.

Through my journey I can help you get healthy faster and spend less money. I know you want to be out living and doing things with the people you love. You don’t want to struggle during the holidays or anytime of the year.

Confused, Overwhelmed, Stressed and Frustrated.

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