Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all eat whatever we wanted, whenever we wanted? Unfortunately, this just isn’t the case. Not only do we have to worry about putting on weight, many of us need to also be concerned with food limitations and intolerances. If there are certain foods you cannot eat, it’s hard enough when you’re on your own. But, what do you do when you’re at someone else’s home? How do you juggle your food limitations with being a good guest?
Here are 4 Ways to Be a Good Guest When You Have Food Limitations:
1. Be Upfront with Your Host
Many hosts will put a tremendous amount of effort into making sure that they have something to offer all of their guests. Be open and honest about your dietary restrictions so that your host has the most information to go on when including you and their gathering. You might be surprised at just how accommodating most hosts will be when you share information with them ahead of time.
2. Share Recipes
Even if your host is willing to serve foods that you are able to eat, he/she might not understand exactly how to be accommodating, especially if your food limitations are extreme. Offer to share a few of your favorite recipes with him/her. Chances are, your host will be grateful for your help in taking some of the guesswork out of meal planning.
3. Offer to Bring a Dish
If you are attending a large event and don’t want to ask your host to prepare something just for you, offer to bring a dish of your own. Most guests will be more than happy to have some help with the meal preparations.
4. Have a Back-up Plan
Even the most accommodating of hosts might forget about your food limitations or make a mistake in a recipe from time to time. Don’t make a big deal out of it. Always have a back-up snack, or two, with you so that you are able to get through mealtime without pangs of hunger.