- By Kimberly McGowan
- Published 11/21/2012
I was diagnosed with celiac disease in late February after a life long struggle with digestive issues. I am in an exploratory phase with food right now. I have found that many of my old favorite recipes are pleasantly converted to gluten free and have proudly toted my gluten free alternatives to many a covered dish gatherings with rave reviews. The diet however has many challenges and it helps to read through websites like these to see how others handle situations.
As thanksgiving approaches my stress level increases. It is now not only my own diet that I have to worry about but also the diet of my 13 year old daughter. Thanksgiving being such a family oriented and traditional holiday, especially in the realm of food, makes it very difficult to maneuver. Being a guest at my brother's house, I dare not try to break the family tradition of stuffing the bird with my mother's oyster stuffing. It wouldn't be Thanksgiving for everyone else. So as a result I separately make a turkey, cornbread stuffing and a pumpkin pie to take to immerse my daughter and I in the tradition. This year is especially difficult being that I have been invited to the home of a couple of new friends. I do not want to decline, I do not want to cart my own food and I certainly do not want them to adapt their dinner for me. This has been my dilemma many times when I have been invited to eat at someone's home. It is much easier to eat out these days, but eating in even with the best of intentions from your friends, is very difficult.
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