Editor's NoteOct/Nov 2014 Issue

No More Judgment

"It might sound absurd but I’ve suffered a lot of judgment from in-laws and even friends…."
– a woman with celiac disease

Alicia Woodward, LCSW

[Updated Sept. 16, 2015]

We all know this: Despite the growing public awareness about food allergies and sensitivities, there are still people out there who roll their eyes, make rude cracks, or refuse to accommodate.

Sometimes even friends and relatives pass judgment. If you have special dietary needs, chances are you’ve received less-than-friendly acceptance from someone who should have had your back.

And let’s be honest. There are times when we’re unjustly hard on ourselves. We resent our DNA for foisting food issues upon us. We may condemn our bodies for their reactions. We may judge ourselves for our sensitive immune systems, our weak stomachs or our inadvertent lapses in vigilance.

I propose a truce. With the holidays upon us, it’s time to practice kindness. Let’s make peace—and feast. In this issue, we help you do just that.

Take a look inside these pages. We put the fun back into Halloween with trick-or-treat tips and spooky goodies the kids can help you make. We show you how to savor the best of autumn produce  with delicious slow-cooked meals you make in just one pot. We share the secrets of gluten-free cooking  from America’s Test Kitchen. And we introduce healthy fermented foods into your daily menu  with easy recipes you can whip up in your kitchen.

Best of all, we help you prepare an amazing Thanksgiving dinner. These recipes are guaranteed to make this your best holiday meal ever.

When the table is loaded with wonderful food that everyone can eat, it’s impossible to keep from smiling. In the same way, when we’re satisfied (yes, completely and deliciously satiated), others’ judgments are just easier to stomach.

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