Dear Hostess,

I have been leading a monthly food allergies support group for almost a year. I have learned some things along the way that I would like to share. Maybe you don’t deal with food allergies or sensitivities, but one of your family members or friends does. Just a few things to keep in mind especially when hosting a holiday meal.

  1. Let them bring something. Most people with food sensitivities will voluteer to bring a side dish or two or maybe just to bring a whole meal for themselves. Social gatherings are a huge source of anxiety for those with food restrictions. They want to be able to eat without fear of having a reaction.
  2. They are not trying to make your life difficult and they aren’t trying to be rude by not eating your stuffing. They are simply trying to avoid having a reaction.  In fact, they really don’t want to inconvenience you AT ALL. I know that putting a holiday meal together is hard work. No need to make it more difficult!
  3. There are different types of food intolerances. In severe cases, they may experience anaphylaxis. In other cases, they may suffer from a rash, diarrhea, vomiting, pain, migraines, etc… It may take some of them days to recover from such a reaction. In celiacs, they are damaging their intestinal wall.
  4. It is super sweet of you to make something special for them. If you REALLY want to do this, please educate yourself about cross contamination or purchase something that is already safely prepared.
  5. Don’t make a big deal about it. They don’t want their food intolerance to be a topic of conversation. They just want to enjoy time with family and friends.
  6. Finally, there’s more to life than food. Many of us have been dealing with food restrictions for years. We honestly just want to enjoy time with YOU!
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This lady… She always makes me feel welcome and I can’t wait to see her!

Do you deal with food restrictions? Do any of your guests deal with food restrictions?

Disclaimer: This is not directed towards my family AT ALL. They are super understanding!

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