“There have been times I’ve felt unwelcome when asking for a gluten free option.” Lucy Morrison, 18
Lucy doesn’t want her gluten free diet to stop her enjoying Christmas with her friends and family. She tells us why their support is so important at this time of year.
“I don't really like asking anyone to cater for me at Christmas, other than my close family. I feel as if I’m imposing and just being annoying, even though being gluten free is not a choice.
“Thankfully, my parents have been cooking gluten free for me and my sister (who also has coeliac disease) for 16 years. My closest friends are also supportive, and they’ll ask me which restaurants I can eat out at when we go for a meal at Christmas.
“Last year, I went to a friend’s house with a few others for a pre Christmas meal. Every piece of food was home made and gluten free! It was a great experience as it made me feel that people don't actually mind catering for me and are very accepting. However, there have been times where I have felt unwelcome for having to ask for a gluten free option.
“I’d advise anyone catering for someone gluten free to make sure the person knows exactly what is gluten free and what is not, so that they don’t feel nervous about what they can eat. Check Coeliac UK’s Food and Drink Information for seasonal specials, or find new products to try in their Christmas product list – I find both very helpful. The range of gluten free food today is so big, so don’t be afraid to venture out and try new things!”