Surviving the Holidays with Celiac Disease
Celiac disease can be managed with a carefully monitored diet, but when the holidays arrive, it becomes far more difficult to navigate. This guide will help you enjoy the holidays without putting your body through any gastrointestinal difficulty.
Yes, There Are Gluten Free Turkeys
For the most part, turkey is gluten free and a safe choice for Thanksgiving. However, some turkeys are injected with a solution that helps keep them moist, and this liquid is not always gluten-free. If you’re hosting, shop for a gluten-free turkey. If you’re going to someone else’s home for Thanksgiving, you should let them know you are on a gluten-free diet.
Skip the Gravy
Gravies and sauces almost always have some type of gluten base that helps to thicken them, so it’s best to avoid these sauces altogether. To make a gluten-free gravy, use gluten-free flour or cornstarch. Gravies can cause gastrointestinal upset regardless of gluten sensitivity, so use sparingly.
Pile on the Fruits and Veggies
Most fruits and veggies are gluten free and can help fill up your plate at Thanksgiving and year-round. Add any fruit to your plate, but be cautious about eating fruit salad, which often contains a dressing made with flour, unless you know salad was made to be gluten free. Most veggies are also fine to eat; try Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and broccoli for choices that also help fill you up.
Desserts to Treat Yourself To
It can be so frustrating this time of year to feel left out of the festivities because you can’t eat the pies and cakes and cookies being served. But there are a number of great recipes for gluten-free desserts, including a crustless pumpkin pie. If you’re a guest at someone else’s home for the holidays, bringing a dessert is never a bad idea.
If you have celiac disease and need more advice about how to manage your diet, visit us. For more information or to book an appointment with Gotham Medical Associates, call 212-227-3688 or schedule an appointment online at any time.