The holidays. A time of year where we get together with friends, family and colleagues to celebrate. Usually with lots of food and beverages.
That can be incredibly intimidating if you are currently healing from a chronic illness such as an autoimmune disease like IBD, Crohn’s Disease, Celiac’s Disease, Hashimotos, etc. or any array of gut/digestive issues, including SIBO, IBS, leaky gut, food sensitivities/allergies. It can even be challenging if you are on an elimination or restricted diet as part of a healing protocol, or if you follow a ketogenic, paleolithic or any other kind of lifestyle.
Trust me. I’ve been there. It’s uncomfortable. It can create unwanted stress and tension. It can make you feel self conscious. And those are the last things you want to feel during the cheerful holiday seasons, especially when you are out with loved ones at parties or family gatherings.
You may want to just give in and eat those problem foods just to avoid causing a scene or feeling ungrateful. Before you do, let’s strategize!
Saying yes to some things is OK, but you should never feel guilty for prioritizing your health and what’s best for you. Take it from someone who has been struggling with digestive issues since 2012. I used to be that way. It took me a long time to realize that I am the only one that’s going to advocate for me, and that it’s OK to say no.
And know that even if you follow all of these tips, that anything can happen so just be prepared and set yourself up for success by going into the party or event with a positive outlook and some flexibility. Like that time my husband made me hold this (dead) crab… just roll with it!
I wish you all a happy holiday season. May your bellies and hearts be full with nutrient dense foods, and the occasional sugary treat, should you so choose!