Traveling for the holidays can sometimes be a drag. Crowded roads. Crowded airports. Crowded house.
No…not that Crowded House.
Traveling for the holidays with celiac? Perhaps a total drag…and then some. But it doesn’t have to be.
I received the following email recently and I figured many in the community are dealing with a similar stress.
Tip #1: Don’t be scared. Living your life in fear of getting sick is not living your life.
Tip #2: Take the focus off the food and put it on the people. Yeah…I know the holidays revolve around food. Let them have their cake and eat it too. Your goal is to stay safe.
Tip #3: Prepare, prepare, prepare. No, it is not too much to bring your own sauté pan. No, it is not too much to bring your own packaged food. Don’t worry about what others may think of you.
Tip #4: Unless you have a special relationship with the peeps you’re visiting, don’t expect your hosts to cook differently just for you. Nobody wins. They’ll be stressed out, not knowing all it takes to make it completely safe for you. You’ll still be stressed out, not knowing if they truly avoided cross-contamination. What does that add up to? Yep…a stressed out trip.
Tip #5: Offer to help in the kitchen. If your hosts really do want to take care of you and cook for you, jump in the kitchen with them. Gently explain why certain things need to be done a specific way. “What…we can’t stuff the bird?” “Huh…the biscuits can’t go on the plate with the turkey?” “Really…Glenn survived that zombie attack on Walking Dead??”
Tip #6: Have fun. Have fun. Have fun. There is a quote I keep in my home office that speaks volumes to me. It says:
You have celiac. It is what it is. Don’t let it spoil the holidays.