Will you do daring or careful testing over Christmas? You might be lucky. Every January I heard people say they got slack with their diet over Christmas and some said they got away with what they had, and others did get distressing symptoms and will never be that slack again!
- Some ideas if you want to test carefully
Take nuts you want to test to family functions (but not almonds!)
Try a small amount of a seasoned turkey (but not stuffing!)
Try a diluted commercial mayonnaise with your potato salad, or cold slaw
Have some sago plum pudding: see in the Recipes section http://foodintolerancepro.com/2439-2/ Each person gets only a small amount of dates and figs. You can serve it to everyone and feel part of the festive meal!
Try Vanilla ice cream or custard which may have additive colour too.
Try very pale mild flavoured lollies
Best of all test the beautiful stone fruit. See Tolerating Troublesome Foods to learn their Risk Rating and detail on each foodhttp://www.foodintolerancepro.com/tolerating-troublesome-foods/
2. Ideas if you want to test just one important food each week
There are always surprises with individual differences in tolerance. Choose the one food you would really like, as liked flavours are generally better tolerated. You may really like a Christmas mince tart, or traditional Christmas pudding, or Christmas cake, or you may be keen to try ham off the bone, or something you would not normally try, like almonds – again only if you really like them. Remember you are testing only one serve. Eat it slowly and enjoy! The important rule here is only have one serve /week so your system has time to clear it before you consider something else at New Year. Note any changes in symptoms and decide if the amount of food you had was worth any distress you feel.
3. Ideas if you want to have a slack diet over Christmas
You might do this if spending Christmas at someone else’s home where you are not managing the cooking. You might still bring your tolerated snack food and some only mildly flavoured lollies. Or you might just relax the diet and see what happens. Do watch your symptoms if they increase over days and stop when the symptoms are a bother. Do have the meds you usually have handy if you have a reaction.