Step 3: Further Incorporating the Gluten-free Lifestyle

A.  Traveling tips
The surest way to be prepared to travel is to investigate in advance the types of options your destination offers in the way of gluten-free foods, such as grocery stores and eateries.  General internet searches, such as you would make in Step 2 in regards to where you live, are the most productive.  Finding a website, like Urban Spoon, that you can depend on for good information is valuable, but keeping your search general will prevent you from missing any good resources that might be dependent on where you are going.

Once you have assessed your destination's situation, you can determine how much of your own food and go-to snacks you will need to bring.  Essentially, when you travel, the best method of preparation is knowing whether you need to bring or buy most of your food.

B. Holiday eating
Make your food from scratch, and you can restore all of your old holiday favorites by using tips from Step 1! See the image below for my first gluten and soy free Thanksgiving, including ham, stuffing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy, and chocolate bourbon pecan pie (not shown).

C.  One last food tip
Because gluten based foods often do the best job of making a person feel satisfied or full, black beans are a good, cheap, and easy meal alternative.  Just add some veggies to your canned beans in a pan, season them to taste, and sautee them until the veggies begin to brown and the beans are warm.  This dish is flexible to taste preference and always satisfying.  Enjoy!

D.  Being a good guest or companion for your gluten-free friend
The most important element of making your gluten-free friend feel comfortable is being understanding of his/her needs, not being overly sympathetic or pitying.  Being understanding includes being aware that compromise in finding good food to eat for the both of you might require more effort.  Understanding also requires a general working knowledge of their nutritional needs so that you can be more capable in finding compromise.

Additionally, a degree of sensitivity is also fundamental.  It involves making sure that your friend, or family member, does not feel like he/she is putting you out in anyway.  This sensitivity goes along with being understanding of his/her needs.  Having a gluten allergy or intolerance should not make you feel like you are a burden.

Do you publish your Thanksgiving recipes anywhere?
I do not have the recipes saved anywhere, but if you hover over the images, a caption will come up showing simple changes to existing recipes that made them gluten + soy free. Some of the more time consuming changes were frying my own onions for the green bean casserole (just used a basic pan frying technique with gluten free flour) and making my own cream of mushroom soup for that as well. The gravy and stuffing were also pretty simple substitutions with gluten free flour and bread, respectively. Let me know if you have any other questions!
There is a product made from coconut sap, made using the Bragg's aminos method. Yeah, it's expensive, but it tastes good.<br><br>Yours looks cheaper, though.<br><br> I think I'll try it. I wonder if my sushi restaurant would be offended by home-brought sauce.<br><br>My dietitian did give me a pass on soy sauce, as long as I used tamari...<br>
Great! <br><br>The only time anyone in a sushi restaurant even commented on our home-brought sauce, it was to say they wished we had asked for the gluten-free menu. So hopefully it will go as smoothly for you!<br><br>Good luck!

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