The Gluten Free Guest Guide

So you’re going to a wedding. Or any sort of event, really. There will be food, of course, but you have a gluten intolerance or Celiac Disease. Instead of stressing about it and worrying what you might or might not be able to eat, go prepared! Here are some helpful tips for navigating those big events in your life:

1. Whatever you do, do not as the host/hostess what food he or she will be serving at the event.
This is especially true in regards to attending a wedding. The bride is busy enough actually planning all of the details of her big day; she does not need the extra stress of accommodating food allergies. Unless she specifically brings up food in a conversation with you, do not ask. When attending a party, unless the host or hostess is a direct relative of yours, do not ask about the menu.

Wedding food - to eat or not to eat?

Wedding food – to eat or not to eat?

Although we all secretly hope our friends and relatives will remember our food allergies when planning events, we should never feel bad if they don’t. Eating gluten free is tricky enough for us to figure out. Imagine how much harder it is for people who do not have to eat that way!

2. Pack some snacks
Seriously. If you’re worried that you might not be able to eat much at an event, don’t be afraid to pack some little snacks in your purse. Snacks like gluten free granola bars or a small bag of nuts are always great options! Best of all, you can fit these in even the smallest of purses. Let me tell you from personal experience, it is better to snack on something you brought to an event than to just go hungry all night – especially if you’re drinking alcohol! 😉

3. Eat beforehand
If all else fails, eat before you go. I know this option is not all that great. We all know that being the only person who can’t enjoy all the delicious treats at a party is no fun. But you aren’t there JUST to eat. You’re there to celebrate, socialize and have some fun; so focus on that instead of thinking about all of the things you can’t eat.

Dance it up!

Celebrate!

4. Just have fun
It’s just food, after all. If you didn’t remember to eat and you can’t eat anything there, don’t stress about it! Dance, have a few cocktails (but not too many on that empty stomach!) and enjoy yourself. As a last resort, you can always hit up the Chick-fil-A drive through for some grilled nuggets and French fries on the ride home!

Just Have Fun!

Just Have Fun!

Special thanks to Chao Photography for the awesome wedding photos 🙂

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Coming Soon to Baton Rouge – the GF & AF Wellness Event!

Living in Mississippi, I tend to feel a little bit isolated from the gluten free world. I often read posts by other bloggers about fabulous restaurants or bakeries that serve completely gluten free menus. Or incredible shops and stores that offer aisles upon aisles of gluten free goodies! Whenever I hear of these things, I find myself dreaming of the day that a place like that opens in Mississippi. (Sigh) Until that day comes, I do what any girl would do… I eat wherever I can, order lots of food online and travel often! Documenting it all for you to read, of course.

But when I hear that a gluten free event is happening so close to home, I get excited. Not just a little excited – can-hardly-contain-my-enthusiasm excited! Because how often do I get the chance to meet other incredible gluten free bloggers and sit in on sessions with great gluten free speakers? Better yet, how often do I get to do this only hours from my hometown? (In case you’re still wondering, the answer is pretty much never)

Enter my excessive enthusiasm for the Baton Rouge Gluten Free and Allergen Free Wellness Event on November 2nd! Admission is only $10 for adults and free to children 13 and under! And the entire event takes place from 10am – 3 pm at the Cook Hotel & Conference Center at LSU. That’s FIVE HOURS of gluten free awesomeness!!!

GFAFevent

Wouldn’t you just LOVE to join me in Baton Rouge for this event? You can! Click here for detailed information on speakers, sponsors and vendors. You can even purchase your event tickets online!

Once you decide you absolutely cannot live without attending this event, let me know that you’re planning to join us there! I would love to see all of you!