A holiday meal is all about the turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pies, among other goodies, to celebrate the bounty we enjoy, made possible in America throughout the last nearly 400 years. These holiday meals are celebrated with cherished-or-not relations including grandparents, parents, siblings, and others with whom may or may not be favorable to adapting the holiday meal to be gluten free.
It may be as easy as changing a recipe or two and few people notice. However, if “gluten free” is mentioned there may be an uproar about the a change not voted on, discussed, and approved by every objectionable member. Change is difficult for most people, especially if there is a history of celebrated holiday meals and the belonging and/or memories that go along with them. There may be just an irrational fear that is only recognized by the subconscious mind that senses there is change.
Telling others about the gluten free changes to their favorite dishes could be done in a couple different ways including beforehand, during the meal, after the meal, or after a few gluten free holiday meals have already passed and the loved ones have made it through without feeling a deficit. Discernment is required.
The advantage to doing it beforehand would be that guests will know and be prepared, however, there are the nay-sayers, the ones who focus on the negative, and will make sure to state something negative regardless of any noticeable differences, if any. This may be a benefit to those who have read some articles on the benefits of going gluten free and have noticed feeling better when they have eaten no gluten, mainly in the form of wheat.
The benefits of telling guests after the meal are that they made it through it without being so bothered by the words “gluten free,” or that they didn’t notice much of a change, if any, they are the analytical type and want to ponder the thought or the dreaded negative reaction, which in that case they may want to bring their own version at the next holiday meal.
Using natural ingredients to prepare holiday favorites is indeed the healthiest choice for everyone and everyone will benefit nutritionally and in a way of health promotion and disease prevention. Take care not to replace gluten with other ingredients, which drive up insulin in the blood stream, like potato starch and some gluten free flours that consist of fragmented food parts that are no healthier than our modern day wheat, but are tolerated by the gluten sensitive.Much more people have gluten sensitivity than know it.
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