Not sure this belongs here, or where it should go. I am 3 months plus into no gluten and no dairy, on top of an already vegetarian diet due to suspected food allergies.
I got through Thanksgiving and was fine- but for some reason the thought of Christmas and all of the food I am going to be missing is making me want to cry. Not to mention- the amount of work it will be to prepare two days worth of food, for holiday gatherings on the 24th and 25th, is really overwhelming. I have figured out that the key to getting through parties and gatherings is to have food that I can eat that feels special and delicious. If there is dessert served, I need to be sure there is dessert I can eat. Appetizers for appetizers, etc. My dad's gathering on the 24th is very much centered around food, and most of my favorite things to eat will be there. My step mom's mexican dip and homemade cheesecake being at the top of the list, and my cousin's brie with raspberries and slivered almonds wrapped in pastry crust.
I guess I just need support. I have considered just eating what is served and seeing how my body reacts-- but I am afraid I will end up really sick. How do you do it? Why is this so emotional? Any support or advice? Any great recipe websites out there for somewhat easy vegggie/GF/DF holiday recipes?
So far I am looking at these recipes, and basically spending all of tomorrow cooking:
Quinoa stuffing, Earth Balance subbed for butter. I have made this several times and it is a hit.
Brussel sprouts with balsamic and cranberries Also a hit with the family.
Deviled eggs with Nayonaise instead of mayo. I love deviled eggs in a guilty pleasure kind of way. Hoping they will be good w/ the fake mayo.
Chocolate PB pie with a store bought gluten free/vegan crust I found at Whole Paycheck.
Trying to convince my vegetarian sister to bring guac, tortilla chips and salsa for her contribution, so I will be able to eat that, too. Also hoping there will be a green salad option contributed by my step mom.
Deep breaths. Trying to remember that life could be a lot worse. I don't know why I am so depressed about this.