Nov 08 2016
It can be hard to stick to gluten-freeÂ holidays. Mmmmmm stuffing and fluffy rolls, and pumpkin pie over Thanksgiving. Gingerbread cookies in the breakroom at work. Homemade lasagna at your bossâ€™s holiday party. The holidays have a way of throwing us off our game. Not only are we surrounded by more gluten-free food than ever, but the holidays are often a time when we find ourselves attending many different parties and dinners where we have no control over what food is served. Even the staunchest gluten-free eater can be tempted to grab a serving of that amazing looking lasagna, despite the uncomfortable consequences that are sure to follow.
How can we gluten-free eaters possibly survive the holidays? Youâ€™ve probably already learned the trick of keeping a few of your favorite gluten-free snacks in your pocket so that you always have something to munch on if you find yourself at a gathering with no gluten-free options. You may even be adept at politely mentioning your gluten-free needs to party hosts so you can make sure at least one dish will be gluten-free.
However, the goal is not just to survive over the holidays, but to thrive! Sticking to a gluten-free diet can be a lonely road, and the holidays are the time of year where your differences can seem starker than ever. What to do?
Find Some Gluten-Free Friends
The best way to survive the holidays without falling off the gluten-free bandwagon is to find and invite other gluten-free people into your life. Other gluten-free eaters will totally understand your gluten-related stresses. Sometimes itâ€™s just enough that someone is willing to listen.
We all know that it is easier to go on a diet or stick to an exercise goal when our friends or family members do it with us. The same principle applies when it comes to staying gluten-free. Spending time with other gluten-free people can help strengthen your resolve and also make you feel part of a larger community.
Where to Find Other Gluten-Free People
Well, if you happen to be single, why not kill two birds with one stone and find a new gluten-free best friend who can also be your little cuddly wuddly bear at the same time? Check out GlutenfreeSingles.com and start looking for a new romantic partner in your area today.
Already in a relationship or so not ready for a new romance right now? We get it. GlutenfreeSingles.com isnâ€™t your only avenue to find gluten-free friendship. Check out the Gluten Intolerance Group. This online platform not only includes tons of great information about the gluten-free community, but you can also find and join local GIG groups, which hold meetings, events, and fundraisers to advocate for the gluten-free lifestyle. You are sure to find some great friends in these groups. Join a local group today, and stay strong during the holidays!