After spending a week in Cape Town with my cousin the full impact of my eating requirements really hit home. I'm so used to it now that I don't really think about the things I can't eat, I just look for the things I can.
But my cousin didn't really get it - at all. I had to explain over and over that there are some things that I just can't eat and feel good afterwards. Baked goods are not an option for me, unless they are homemade according to my recipes. Cafe-style eating, where almost everything is bread-based is not a good option, steakhouses are better.
I guess to a certain extent I just handle it so much that either my mom or I don't really see the impact, until I have to eat with other people. And now with Christmas coming up I'm starting to stress out.
I'm dreading the communal Christmas meal because I'm not involved in cooking it, and I know I won't be able to eat most of what is traditionally cooked. I'm not quite sure what to do - do I cook and bring some of my own food or just eat what I can and fill up at home later? Or do I take Metformin and pray? (At the moment I only take it during my period because I can keep my BS in line at other times without it).
The cook is one of those people who really likes to feed others, and I'm worried that she's going to pressurize me to eat things I can't. I really don't want to have conflict on Christmas day with my family, but I also know my aunt gets a huge amount of her self-esteem from people praising her food and she's going to want that.