The holidays — a time for fun, festivities, and… stress? The holidays can, and should, be a time to focus on what we have in common and what we want to celebrate together. But what happens when our friends and family members have different diets and food preferences?
Spending time planning your holiday meal is critical if you want your gathering to be a great success!
1) Always consider your guests’ tastes, lifestyles, and allergies. And if you don’t know, ask before the gathering so you can prepare.
2) you should take care of yourself and your health and well being. If you are on a specific diet or weight-loss program for a health condition, share this information and ask your friends and family for support.
3) Consider hosting a potluck -Making your gathering a potluck can be an excellent choice if you’re hosting a large crowd with diverse diets. This way, everyone can have options they can eat and enjoy.
4) You don’t have to eat everything on the menu.
5) Building bonds with family by sharing a meal can be as health-promoting.
6) Think about topics you can discuss that may unite, rather than divide.
- Ask questions about people’s personal lives.
- Talk about hobbies and interests.
- Ask about the best things that have happened in the last year, or about hopes and dreams for the year to come.
- Ask for recommendations for favorite TV shows, movies, music, and books.
- Stay away from topics, like politics and religion, which tend to be divisive.
- When possible, focus on gratitude, humility, and being thankful for having food to share, as well as things like family, friends, and a home.