Thanksgiving is just around the corner and there is nothing better than spending loads of quality time with close family and friends… and of course EATING! If you’ve recently been diagnosed with Celiac disease or switched your diet to a gluten-free diet, being surrounded by so many of your favorite past time foods can be really extremely tempting to resist. It’s easy to get in the mindset that you’ll pay for the consequences later and enjoy what is in front of you now. The truth is, is that temptation is always going to be around – not just during the holidays. Like anything else, how do we make something like eating 100% gluten-free a habit and lifestyle? Here are some tips to help you stay motivated and inspired to continue eating the way you’d like to be eating.
1. Persistence wears down resistance: This is a mantra that is good for anything you’re trying to achieve and can easily be applicable to staying gluten-free. The more you say no to eating gluten, the easier it becomes. Eventually, the urge will go away itself.
2. Keep yourself and your gluten-free friends accountable: Forming a gluten-free support group helps keep you accountable. They can help remind you why staying gluten-free is doing your body good instead of harm and can help inspire you to avoid gluten-free foods.
3. Host holiday parties at your house: If you’re in charge of cooking, you don’t even have to tell your friends and family that everything is gluten-free.
4. Bring your most favorite holiday food to the party: By allowing yourself your favorite dessert or treat in it’s gluten-free form, there will be nothing to feel guilty about. I’m sure your friends and family will also take a liking to it as well!