How to Handle Gifts of Food

One of the things that happens around the holiday season is that all of the amazing bakers come out in full force. Even if they don’t normally bake throughout the year, out comes the favorite family recipes and they whip up some of the most spectacular baked goods. And… they give them as gifts.

If you, like me, are in a service field, you may receive many delicious, homemade gifts during this holiday season. Cookies of all sizes, shapes and tastes, breads, cakes, fudge and candy. Although I am particularly fond of homemade gifts, it can be overwhelming if you have made that change to eating 90% nutritious food and only 10% non-nutritive food. It’s tough maintaining that split when gifts of yumminess keep rolling in.

When I still worked in the hospital, it was so much easier. As all nurses know, doctors are like vultures where food is concerned, so all I had to do was take a taste of the delicious gift and then bring it to the hospital unit to share. Within minutes, the doctors had devoured it all. So, if you have the option of bringing it to work to share with co-workers, by all means, share the love.

Option #2 is to take your taste of yumminess and divide the rest into individual portions and freeze. Include the date on the package so you know how fast (or slowly) you are going through your 10%. If you have overly generous gift-givers and have way too much to freeze, every single doctors office loves goodies (trust me on this one). Bring your extras to your favorite doc and staff and share.

FYI… finally, people get it and don’t make this health coach sweets anymore. Hooray!! Especially since I have to be gluten-free, soy-free and mostly dairy-free. I still love to bake the things I can enjoy… in moderation. Share your gifts… baking




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