Have you ever had a guest over for Thanksgiving dinner who was just so nit-picky that you vowed never to invite them over again? Or what about the friend that turns down all your invitations to dine at your house?
Well, don’t take it personal, many times it’s because that person has allergies or food sensitivities and are just either too embarrassed or shy to tell you. We sometimes feel like it’s too much of a bother to list all the things we can’t have. Hence, I don’t eat out for the holidays anymore.
However, if it’s your best friend or a someone close and you really want to cook for them, here are some more tips on how to help you know what types of diets they’re on and how to plan ahead:
Macrobiotic diet: A very healthy diet that includes unprocessed vegan foods such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and occasionally fish. Sugar and refined oils are not a part of this diet. Vegetables such as daikon and sea vegetables like seaweed are preferred.
Raw vegan and raw food diet: A raw vegan diet (such as the one I went on during my total body cleanse) only consumes unprocessed vegan foods that have not been heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 degrees Celsius). Raw foodies believe foods cooked above this temperature have lost their nutritional value and are no longer beneficial to the body. Lots of raw, organic vegetables, nuts, seeds and homemade dehydrated foods are great here. Soaking nuts, beans, grains and seeds overnight is mandatory for some raw foodies.
Gluten-free: Excludes the protein gluten which is found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye. Some suffer with celiac disease. Some will also eat (unprocessed) nuts, Quinoa, cornmeal, beans, seeds, fresh eggs, fruits, vegetables and some dairy products.