How To Be Your Best Advocate

Does this ever happen to you?

You’re at the home of a friend, or well meaning relative, and as you sit down to enjoy a cup of tea – you’re presented with some cookies, or other savory treats – that have been purchased especially for you.

(I just love it when people are so thoughtful, don’t you?)

As you glance at the list of ingredients (yes, I’m always reading labels), you notice that:

  • The product is not gluten-free, OR
  • While it’s gluten-free, there may be one or two other ingredients that are not in compliance with your special diet.

What to do?

This is one of those tricky moments when you want to honor yourself and how you choose to nourish your body – yet you don’t want to offend.

Well, here’s the deal.

Regardless of our individual food allergies, dietary preferences or concerns – we are always going to come up against this sort of thing.

It’s simply part of life and can’t be avoided.

Still, there are always choices, right?

So, in these situations, my rule of thumb is this:

If you’ve been medically diagnosed, and have been instructed by your doctor not to eat gluten – then please don’t.

It’s really important that you honor that, regardless of the circumstances.

(Seriously – you’ll be shooting yourself in the foot.)

If you’ve chosen to be gluten-free for non-medical reasons, that’s a different situation entirely – because you have the freedom to choose on a case by case basis.

Those of us with Celiac Disease don’t have it so easy.

Another suggestion is to think of how crappy you’re likely to feel afterwards, should you succumb.

Is it really worth it?

In the end, only you can decide.

Want to know more?

You can still sign up for my FREE HOLIDAY GIFT – “44 Ways to be Gloriously Gluten-Free, Through the Holidays and Beyond.

But hurry!

We’re already into the second week of December and there are only 18 days remaining!

And just in case you’ve missed it, here’s the wonderful recipe for gluten-free, dairy-free Chocolate Truffles.



(Adapted from The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook)

2 cups raw Walnuts

1 Tbsp ground Cinnamon

3/4 cup medjool Dates, pitted

¼ cup dried Cranberries

4 -6 Tbsp cocoa powder

¼ tsp pure Vanilla extract


Shredded organic Coconut


Place the walnuts & cinnamon in a food processor and pulse until the nuts are finely ground.

Add the dates, cranberries, cocoa powder & vanilla, & continue to process until well combined.

Shape into small balls & roll in the shredded coconut, making sure each one is evenly coated.

These keep well in the fridge for a couple of weeks, but are best when eaten sooner.

Makes approximately 18.


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