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How To Respond When People Bring You Food...

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We have not yet encountered this, but since we are expecting a baby, we anticipate people wanting to bring food to us.  I have no problem turning people down when they ask, but I'm worried that someone will make us something "gluten free" in their contaminated kitchen and just come by.  Should I say "thank you" and not say anything or should I turn down their thoughtfulness?

 

I'd love others' thoughts on this!  Thanks!


Mom to 2 young kids with celiac, diagnosed March 2015

*Gluten free household

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I can't remember if you are a gluten-free home...if not & someone can eat the food when they come in person with no advanced warning, I would thank them & accept the food , truly doesn't mean you have to eat it unless you trust who prepared... If people call in advance , I would remind them not to bring any food that your house is strictly gluten-free & you do not need any gluten-free food...You took care of the food end before the baby arrival... hth

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The few times this has happened, I put the food aside while they are here. Later my hub can eat it or I have given it to a neighbor.

If people want to bring something & ask first, maybe you could suggest a treat for overlooked older siblings? Something packaged and specific - " a really nice treat for us would be Izze soda". Or " I have a craving for Jelly Bellys, but it has to be that brand to be safe". Or " we really are set with more food than we can eat, maybe .......something you could play with the kids like sidewalk chalk or bubbles?"


 

 

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I don't accept any food prepared in someone's home as I don't know how exactly they have prepared it.  If someone offers I(as mentioned by Kareng) mentioned something in a package that I would enjoy.  If they arrive with a food I say thanks, set it aside and then give it to a gluten eating friend. 

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