Open Letter from Your Friend with Dietary Restrictions

Hello Dear,

How are you? I hope this letter finds you well. I want to start by sincerely thanking you for inviting me to and/or having me at your event.

As the holiday season kicks in, folks are coming together more often, and with an increased focus on food. I felt like this would be a good time to clarify a few things. Airing these out should make life easier for everyone concerned, and avoid future conflict or unpleasantries =)

I’ll sometimes speak from the plural “we” and “us,” because I feel these statements can be shared by the majority of people who are on some form of restricted diet. We restrict different things, in different quantities, at different times of our lives, and for different reasons, but here are some general sentiments that we all share.

The first one is…

1. You don’t have to make special accommodations for us.

You really don’t. We’ve been at this for a long time and we know how to make do in any eating situation. Or, we’re new, and we need to learn how to do this anyway.

2. Sometimes, we prepare in advance by eating a bit more before the event. We don’t mean disrespect.

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