How to Explain Coeliac Disease to Your Dinner Hosts
The worry of dining out at a friend’s or colleague’s home environment may seem unnerving to many coeliacs and understandably so. There are many who are scared out their wits to cook for Coeliacs. It is understandable that they do not want their friend to be sick but most people are overwhelmed to deduce between food that contains gluten and trying their best to avoid cross contamination. There are also times when people who are ‘gluten-sensitive’ are often mistaken as neurotics. According to Kelly Courson, co-founder of Coeliac Chicks, stated, “When I refuse the pasta, people sometimes assume I’m anorexic.” It can be annoying to your host and other dinner guests to check each and every food and ask the cook if the potatoes are fried in the same cooking oil as the bakery assortments.
If you want to know how to be a low-maintenance and also gluten-free, unfortunately, there is no such way. Most of all, there are many foods that contain gluten, the primary reason why many carry medical cards to explain the disease.
Yet, here are some tips on how you can make things easier for your host.
You should notify the host beforehand about your condition and tell them to examine each and every label of the ingredient. Some of the ingredients like marinated tofu, vegetable hamburgers, barbeque sauces, fish sauce, oyster sauce etc. contain soy sauce and most of the soy sauce contains wheat. For example, instead, they can cook with soy sauce such as wheat-free tamari or special gluten-free soy sauces that are easily available at any grocery or supermarket. Though it is always safer to cook ‘raw’ food which includes meat, chicken, gluten-free grains, fish and much more.
Advise them to never cook or cut on wooden surfaces. Wood is a fibrous material that traps gluten. One can easily observe a white sheen on the wooden board when they are cutting pieces of food ingredients or rolling dough for pizza or pie. That white sheen is none other than gluten. Therefore, tell your host that instead of the wooden board, they can use plastic cutting boards. Also while stirring or cooking, they can use a rubber spatula instead of a wooden one. In order to make a gluten-free dessert or pizza, he or she can roll the dough by using a ceramic rolling pin on a parchment paper.
It can be very tiresome and exhausting for your host to cook different types of dishes for the party. The gluten-free dishes for you while the normal dishes for the rest of the people attending the party. Which is why, in order to relieve your host from such hard work, help them in the kitchen. If they have any questions about the types of food you prefer, you can easily answer them and also help to cook the dishes. It is better to keep things simple. Nothing extravagant. You can help them to cook corn tortillas with Caesar salad, pot roast, roasted asparagus, stir-fried chicken, mashed potatoes and much more. Most gluten-free foods are really easy to cook.
Coeliac disease is a serious medication condition but that does not have to be a hindrance in person’s daily lifestyle. If your host wants to cook a bake a dessert for you, there are many alternative recipes available on the internet or cookbooks to cook delicious treats such as cookies, stuffing, different types of pie, flourless cakes and much more. Alleviate the stress of your host by communicating with him or her about your medical condition ahead of time. Every host or hostess want their guests to be happy and fulfilled. The last thing they want is for a guest to feel anxious or disheartened because of something they couldn’t provide.
Alleviate the stress of your host by communicating with him or her about your medical condition ahead of time. Every host or hostess want their guests to be happy and fulfilled. The last thing they want is for a guest to feel anxious or disheartened because of something they couldn’t provide.
Sometimes a person with strict dietary requirements feels bad about not being able to taste the appetisers. He or she feels so embarrassed by the whole situation, all they want is to sink through the floor. But there is nothing to be ashamed about. It is not your fault that your body rejects digesting dietary proteins. All you need is to be your gracious self at the party and enjoy. If someone serves you with food that contains gluten, politely say, ’No, thank you’ or ‘Please’. The party is not a place to educate them all about Coeliac disease, yet if someone asks, tell them about your condition so that they can make the party more comfortable for you. According to the statistics, about 15% of people in most countries have reduced their intake of gluten due to Coeliac disease and other 20% have adopted gluten-free diet for a healthy lifestyle. So if you are diagnosed with Coeliac disease, instead of being embarrassed and sad, empower yourself and gain strength and knowledge to live a happy life.