The first Thanksgiving after beginning the GFCFSF diet can be stressful and uncertain. Have no fear - help is here! Here are some frequently asked questions to help you have a very Happy Thanksgiving!
How Do I Know If a Turkey is GFCFSF?
Your best bet is to call the manufacturer since the labels don’t always include the full list of ingredients or their sources. For instance, “natural flavorings” can be just about anything, GFCFSF or not.
When you call the company, ask them for a full ingredient list, whether it’s organic and arsenic free. Arsenic is used on feed to retard growth of the seeds if it gets damp.
Some retail brands are:
Be leery of ANY turkey that has been injected with anything, as most “flavor enhancers” contain allergens and chemicals.
It is generally safer to get turkeys from a farmer who knows what they fed the bird, what medicines it may have been given, how humanely it lived and how they killed it. Here are some links to farm sites where you can buy turkeys.
Can We Still Have Ham?
YES! GFCFSF, nitrate-free, MSG-free hams are available!
Yes, So Delicious makes an organic coconut whipped topic called cocowhip!
Do I Have to Make Separate Dinners?
Only if you like doubling the work! You will find many great recipes on our site that are so good, if you don’t tell anyone, no one will know they are GFCFSF!
If you are at a pot-luck style dinner or invited to a house where you cannot control the menu, make sure you bring snacks and all the meal foods for your child. Don’t fret if the foods are not typical Thanksgiving fare, just bring what you know he will eat and will make him happy. Don’t forget dessert and drinks so he won’t be left out.
Some Survival Tips
- Plan ahead. Holiday event survival doesn’t happen without planning.
- Pack up your child’s favorite comforting things.
- If you have a sensory diet (Wilbarger brushes, weighted vest, therapy ball to bounce on, etc) for your child, bring the materials!
- Bring all the foods for your child.
- If your child uses social stories, write one for the holiday gatherings.
- Don’t forget supplements and diet infraction treatments (activated charcoal, Pepcid AC, enzymes, Epsom salts, etc).
- Prepare your extended family, if they are not normally around your child, what to expect, what not to do, how to interact with your child and what NOT to feed him.
- Surviving the Winter Holidays article
- Other Thanksgiving resources
- Consider two kids tables (one for GFCFSF) or seat the GFCFSF child with the adults for safer monitoring.
- Set aside a private room for your child with autism where he can safely relax and have his favorite familiar toys, videos, books or other belongings when the crowd and noise gets to be too much for him to handle.
- Weather permitting, take a walk to gather leaves for décor.
- Bring sound blocking headphones for your child.
- Links to kid-friendly activities and art projects: