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Member Since 06 Apr 2011
Offline Last Active May 02 2011 02:22 PM

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Newcomer! Family Holiday Meals

25 April 2011 - 10:16 AM

Hi everyone,

I'm fairly new here and this is my first post. I just wanted to start off by saying how supportive you all are to newcomers, and I really appreciate your hospitality.

Since you've all been so open with your experiences, I want to share my thoughts on holiday meals.

'm 22 years old and I was diagnosed with Celiacs and lactose intolerance a year and a half ago, but I still find it hard to have holiday meals with my family. I'm almost 100% Italian, so all holiday meals (with the exception of Thanksgiving) include whole grain pasta, cheese, and sauce. I have a high gluten intolerance and an even higher lactose intolerance, so spending holidays with my family is really tough. I have a hard time explaining to my grandparents, and even my parents that I cannot eat their lasagna, or manicotti each holiday. (It's a HUGE insult not to eat my grandmother's lasagna).

When I was first diagnosed my family was really supportive, and tried new recipes whenever I was home. Since then, the novelty of my condition has worn off and my mother has gone back to her traditional Italian meals, because no one else in the family has these problems (except distant relatives that we do not really speak to). Does anyone else find holidays awkward and rough? Everyone is always stuffed at the end of the meal, and I'm usually still snacking at the veggie platter. I'm afraid my grandparents will think I have an eating disorder if I keep avoiding the main course at holidays. I'm afraid my condition is ruining my closeness to my family, and I don't want to put anyone out by throwing traditional italian recipes out the window.

Maybe when I'm older and start making my own holiday traditions, things will get easier. My boyfriend of four years is incredibly supportive and has given up gluten, which makes food shopping and cooking daily meals MUCH easier. But as a college student who depends on family dinners on the holidays, I'm not afraid to admit that getting a little discouraged.

Thank you for listening, I don't mean to bum anyone out! I just get a little lonely on holidays since I have no one else in my boat.

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