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Christmas is just around the corner, and if you're on a gluten free diet, it's either an exciting or a terrifying time. For those excited about the festive season and the new gluten free products popping up everywhere, I salute you. What a time to be alive!
For those looking ahead at the festivities with some trepidation, fear not. Christmas doesn't have to be a scary time if you're gluten free! There are so many new free from foods out there, get out and embrace the gluten free Christmas love. I'll be posting some top tips to help with Christmas on a gluten free diet, but you might find this post useful for now.
But whether you're new to a gluten free diet or a coeliac veteran, I'm pretty sure you can relate to at least some of these. Let me know if I've missed any in the comments below!
You stockpile mince pies. In October.
Remember the year supermarkets ran out of gluten free mince pies by December? NEVER AGAIN.
You start researching gravy
Now there are many gluten free options on the table, which gluten free gravy do you choose!?
You buy ready-made everything
Usually make your own stuffing? Bake your own mince pies? Screw it - the shops are doing ready made gluten free versions so you. will. eat. them.
You eat more chocolate than ever
Sure, you were on a diet to try to fit into that dress, but Tesco has brought out gluten free chocolate covered Christmas trees and you HAVE to try them.
You live off party food
"What's for dinner darling?"
"Mozzarella sticks and crispy garlic stars."
"They are gluten free so therefore we are eating them."
You eat nothing but M&S Christmas sandwiches
Sure, you're getting a bit sick of them by the end of November, but you simply have to get your fix before they go.
You start craving stollen
You've never wanted it before, but it's the one thing you can't find in the free from aisle, and therefore the only thing you want.
You get irrationally angry in the Christmas aisle...
So many foods that aren't gluten free! But why can't I eat all the magical things I want to eat? *Looks at Malteasers reindeer and sobs*
...and fiercely protective in the free from aisle
No, get your own Christmas cake, this gluten free one cost three times as much, is half the price, and I don't want to share!
And there's nothing better than finding new gluten free Christmas food
Cue happy dance in the middle of the aisle, and telling anyone else who wanders near you about your fabulous find. Pannetone, I'm looking at you.
What have I missed?
I know there are probably more things that happen naturally at Christmas when you're on a gluten free diet - so I've missed any let me know the comments below!
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