My boyfriend and I are going to his parents’ for Thanksgiving. I’m pregnant with their grandchild and I’m gluten-free. They appear to like me, but I can feel that they are distraught over our “situation.” We’ve made it clear that we will be getting married eventually. Just not now, as I’m in grad school while becoming a first time mom, and have enough going on without planning and paying for a conventional wedding. We’ve been to their home before for dinner and we explained that I am on a gluten-free diet. And yet his mother insists that it is silly and that I can “splurge” and go off my gluten-free diet when she makes dinner. What do I do?
–Anonymous, Cambridge, MA
Bring a dish to share that is gluten-free. A pumpkin pie with a gluten-free graham cracker crust, or how about a gluten-free deep dish chocolate bourbon pecan pie! Snack ahead of time. Put a protein bar in your handbag.
Eat what you can eat of her delicious meal complimenting everything.
Don’t expect your host to accommodate your diet. Hosts are not required to go out of their way to please a single guest, especially at a busy Thanksgiving dinner.
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