The holidays are filled with family, friends, festivities and food. When you follow a low-oxalate diet, the holiday season brings hundreds of oxalate-packed food temptations at every turn. Rather than avoiding Christmas party invitations, add more joy to your holiday with our five holiday survival tips for your low-oxalate lifestyle. Get ready to put them into practice at your next holiday gathering.
Offer To Cook
The best way to know for sure that holiday parties include low-oxalate goodies is to offer to bring your own. Not only will your hosts appreciate the help, but you’ll also guarantee there are treats on the table that will fit your low-oxalate diet. Remember, low-oxalate doesn’t have to mean boring. Cut pears with Camembert cheese, kielbasa with mustard and cheese and bacon-wrapped mozzarella will wow party guests and help keep your oxalate levels in check.
Skip The Alcohol
Wine, beer and mixed drinks often flow steadily at holiday parties, but if you’re following a low-oxalate diet, you’ll want to stay away from beer, especially dark drafts. Stick with a glass of wine or mixed drink, and make sure to imbibe in moderation. If you’re yearning for a fruity cocktail, try sparkling water or club soda with lemon or strawberries; for a festive beverage option, a cup of alcohol-free egg nog can be the perfect punctuation on a holiday feast.
Shift Your Focus
Savory meats, creamy cheese dips and baked goods of all shapes and sizes are staples of holiday party spreads, but the real meaning of the season is spending quality time with friends and family. If the limitations of a low-oxalate diet are on your mind, spend a few minutes shifting your focus to the memories you’ll make with loved ones rather than the food you are avoiding. A simple change in perspective can make a huge difference in your holiday party mindset.
Talk About Your Diet
Your low-oxalate diet has likely improved your overall health. Although you appreciate the benefits of low-oxalate living, others may not understand what a low-oxalate diet encompasses, or how it’s helping you. Instead of changing the subject, use the opportunity to educate holiday party guests about your low-oxalate lifestyle. A quick conversation can help shed light on the growing low-oxalate diet movement and may even encourage others to try it for themselves.