As Thanksgiving approaches, it’s important to think about the things we are thankful for. This Thanksgiving, let’s be thankful for eating different – instead of sulking in the fact that we probably can’t eat most of the food on the table.
This Thanksgiving I’m thankful for…
Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Food
There’s nothing on our family’s traditional dinner table that can’t be made gluten-free. If you prefer baking from scratch, Gluten Free & More Magazine has posted countless recipes for Thanksgiving. Top recipes include Crust Herb Popovers, Pumpkin Pie, Green Bean Casserole, Turkey Stuffing, and Turkey Rubs! Their experts have refined and perfected holiday recipes and made them available to readers. Now, if you’re like me, and can’t bake or cook well enough for a fancy holiday – there’s always pre-made pre-packaged goods. Dinner rolls? We now have both Udi’s and Rudi’s producing dinner rolls that are frozen and easily baked on your holiday. Pie? Whole Foods offers gluten-free pre-made pies ready for the holidays (and they’re produced in a separate facility). Stuffing is available in boxes from Glutino, Three Bakers, and Rudi’s, or in the freezer aisle from Hilary’s Eat Well (also vegan). As for the turkey – well, some things are best made from scratch this Thanksgiving. I’ve seen the gluten-free products expand in multitudes, even in the past few years. And for that, the ability to buy something in the grocery store just as easy as the rest of my family, for that I am thankful.
My Family and Friends
My immediate family has been incredibly supportive of my celiac disease and how it’s changed how I dine out, how I travel – well, basically how I live my life. My parents are so great about adjusting holiday and major plans to involve me, along with my challenging dietary restrictions and health issues that come with multiple autoimmune diseases. The same goes with my partner. I couldn’t ask for someone who is more supportive of me in every aspect of my life. He’s finally 100% gluten-free now, and even our house is gluten-free (including bath and beauty products, and the cat food). And if you’re familiar with our sassy tabby cat that tears apart our house, we’re thankful for him too.
My Celiac Disease
You heard me, I’m thankful for my celiac disease. Why would anyone say that? I am thankful that I understand my body now. I understand what it likes and what it doesn’t like – when before I would just ignore it. I read every single ingredient in my food, leading me to understand ingredients and nutrients more. I really understand what’s going into my body – the good, the bad, and the ugly (the ugly is when I try to make a cake from scratch and eat it anyways). I hope that you can give thanks to your new diet this year too. Even if you don’t have celiac, if you’ve gone gluten free –chances are you’re doing it because you feel better and are making positive changes to your health. That’s something we should all be thankful for – making a better and healthier version of ourselves.
This Thanksgiving, amongst a table full of gluten-free foods that make it safe for me to eat alongside my family, I will be thankful this holiday. What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? How has your Thanksgiving changed since going gluten-free or free from your food allergies or intolerances?
Originally posted November 2014