‘Tis the season for social gatherings, an often challenging time of year for people with gastrointestinal issues. Eating at the homes of friends and family can be difficult with dietary restrictions as you try to please your gut without inconveniencing your host.
Fortunately, a little planning, a few tips, and mindful eating can go along way in helping you enjoy these upcoming feasts.
Questions to ask the host:
- What are you planning on serving?
- Can I bring something?
- May I offer you a recipe to prepare?
- Is the meal being catered? May I have their contact information?
How to prepare for the occasion:
- Eat a snack before you go
- Prepare a safe dish, enough to serve everyone
- Anticipate questions for why you’re not eating the food
- Let the host know ahead of time that you have food intolerances
- Call the catering company to find out about menu items and prepartion techniques
Things to do at the event to minimize the risk of getting sick:
- Pay a visit to the kitchen to see how food is being prepared
- Avoid or limit alcohol
- Do not use this time as a time to experiment with your diet
- Steer clear of fatty, greasy foods, rich sauces and other common food triggers
- Do not accept room temperature foods
Follow these guidelines for better digestion
- Take small bites
- Chew food very well
- Eat slowly
- Maintain good posture during and after eating
- Put fork down in between bites
- Do not talk with your mouth full
Above all, have fun.