More than 233,000 Canadians suffer from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
Holiday entertaining can be challenging. If you want to be the hostess with the mostess, check out the media release below, which offers tips to help you accommodate your guests with dietary restrictions:
The holiday season is filled with social events, with many of us playing host during this happy time. Hosting family and friends can be really enjoyable, but with the rise of popular diets like paleo, gluten-free, eat clean, it’s increasingly hard to know what to serve and not to serve your guests.
Some of your guests may just be trying to watch their waistline, but others may face serious food allergies or a chronic illness that are impacted by what they eat. In fact, more than 233,000 Canadians suffer from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) which is a group of disorders that cause the intestines to become inflamed and ulcerated. People suffering from this disease typically have either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
Unfortunately, there isn’t one diet that works for all IBD patients, so there’s no “list” available of things to do or avoid. So, if you are aware that one of your guests is suffering from IBD, it’s best to ask them directly what they can and cannot eat. This will help make them feel comfortable attending your event, which they might have declined otherwise for fear of not being able to enjoy themselves.
Ashley Anderson is a holistic nutrition student and a member of Gut Inspired, a group of Canadians living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis who have joined forces to increase the awareness of IBD. To make sure all your guests feel welcome, Ashley has these tips to consider before hosting your next dinner party:
1. Ask your guests: Make sure to ask your guests if they have any dietary requirements. Someone with a chronic illness may be embarrassed to tell you about their illness, but if you ask them they might be more comfortable telling you knowing that you care about their dietary requirements.
2. Don’t bring it up: If you have a person with dietary restrictions coming to your table, whether it’s for diet or health reasons, don’t mention it to your other guests. It will make your guests feel more comfortable if they are not singled out.
3. Don’t take it personally: If your guest has to cancel at the last minute or leave the party early. People with health concerns can’t control when they become ill, and fatigue is often a common side effect of many diseases.
4. Be prepared: Make sure your washroom is fully equipped with toilet paper, soap, air freshener and clean hand towels. Even make sure extra toilet paper is noticeable to your guests. Also, let your guests know where the washroom is upon arrival
Read Original article: Tips to help you be the best host this holiday season