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catering for the non paleo guest...

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 04, 2013 at 1:23 AM

i was wondering if you cater to your non paleo guests? for example would you ensure you have milk in the fridge for those who want tea or, say, wheat bread if guests want it for their soup etc?

i guess im asking if you think its okay to give guests non-paleo food even if you wouldn't eat it yourself...

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on January 04, 2013
at 01:42 AM

I count dairy as definitely paleo and do keep it on hand. No gluten though. Potatoes and white rice, yes. I find that if guests are offered yummy stuff, they don't stop to think, "hey, where's the bread." "what about my sugar?" However, if my dad or SIL came for a visit, I would buy splenda (dad) and sweet 'n low (SIL). It's important to them. Bread otoh...people can live without bread if the rest of the food is delicious.

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on January 04, 2013
at 03:40 AM

I guess I go a bit on the opposite side of others. If I don't eat it, I don't have it in the house. Too tempting. I will make some amazing paleo food for the whole group through. why try and kill your visitors with junk? (clearly I don't actually think you are trying to kill your friends, note the sarcasm)

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on January 04, 2013
at 01:35 AM

I think it depends on the duration of their visit. If someone is coming for one meal, there are plenty of paleo meals that are entirely satisfying. If someone is staying with you for a week, it's a lot to ask them to entirely change their lifestyle as a requirement for visiting (even if it would be healthier for them).

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on January 04, 2013
at 01:37 AM

I am one of those to treat people as I would like to be treated. I love to know my guests' favorite foods and comforts and go the little extra to make them feel special. That said, I would never serve Twinkies or Wonder Bread, but I would serve high quality creams (I use whipping cream and I do drink high quality coffee) for their coffee/tea, and whatever high quality breads or other non paleo items they like. I would not partake with them. What I do find is that when I serve a meal, the majority of food, even with guests, is paleo. I make lots of awesome salad dishes and sauteed veggie dishes, serve meats, soups, etc. Even when they partake of breads or whatever it is of their choice, they don't seem to eat a lot of it. Even in my household, I have one person who enjoys toast and won't give it up. I make sure there is a loaf of good non gluten toasting bread that they can use from the freezer whenever they want toast!

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on January 04, 2013
at 02:06 AM

Give people what they want to eat. Pretty obvious, it is important not to force your beliefs, dietary or otherwise. Cook good food, if it happens to be paleo, good. There is nothing wrong with feeding people what they want, although if you are a good cook paleo should satisfy any pallete

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on January 05, 2013
at 08:14 PM

it depends if it's just a visit or if someone is staying with you. my friends know how i eat so they don't expect me to make something special for them if they are just stopping over. when i've gone on vacation with friend's families, they ask me what i like to eat and pick up those things to keep in the house. it makes me feel better knowing i have options.

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on January 05, 2013
at 08:16 AM

I offer the food I have available. I do usually have potatoes or rice I can add to meals to make things more "Americanized." No bread/flour anywhere to be found though unless they bring it themselves. I also ask them to take it with them. I do have sugar packets I liberated from a local coffee chain and coconut cream for coffee though.

But everyone that comes to my residency is aware I don't eat wheat/bread/gluten/soy/death/ect so no one is surprised if they are hungry and I offer up steak or chicken. I do happen to have a pretty healthy stack of Larabars (I know they are General Mills now, but they are super tasty, and very convenient) for people to snack on.

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on January 05, 2013
at 01:26 AM

I only have one rule: no gluten whatsoever, even when I have guests and I won't be eating it. I get sick of I handle it, so that's not really an option in my house. (I don't expect it elsewhere, and tend to bring some of my own stuff/offer to cook. Beyond that, I think it's part of being a good host to have at least some favorite comforts if you have house-guests.

I also try to cook according to dietary needs/preferences, even if it's not "optimal nutrition" so long as I won't get sick from it. I don't generally do things like make GF noodles, but if a guest is vegan I tend to cook vegan meals instead of having meat and some vegan or vegetarian sides. (I use nuts, eggs for vegetarians, etc., instead. It's not forever--just a meal or two and really no big deal to me.)

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C657d176db6f11f98aeb2a89071e3281

on January 04, 2013
at 01:38 AM

I am one of those to treat people as I would like to be treated. I love to know my guests' favorite foods and comforts and go the little extra to make them feel special. That said, I would never serve Twinkies or Wonder Bread, but I would serve high quality creams (I use whipping cream and I do drink high quality coffee) for their coffee/tea, and whatever high quality breads or other non paleo items they like. I would not partake with them. What I do find is that when I serve a meal, the majority of food, even with guests, is paleo. I make lots of awesome salad dishes and sauteed veggie dishes, serve meats, soups, etc. Even when they partake of breads or whatever it is of their choice, they don't seem to eat a lot of it. Even in my household, I have one person who enjoys toast and won't give it up. I make sure there is a loaf of good non gluten toasting bread that he can use from the freezer whenever they want toast!

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on January 04, 2013
at 01:33 AM

I will give them the food they will eat. I make lots of vegetarian dishes for my family on holidays, for example. I avoid serving bread when I can because being around it or handling it will make me sick.

I do not, however, keep milk in the fridge for guests.

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on January 05, 2013
at 01:00 AM

Well, my kids aren't completely paleo so there is bread in the house. When my parents come to visit, there is no way that they would eat paleo - What? Not have a sandwich for lunch!! Old habits die hard!! When they come for a visit later in January, I'm going to make a Paleo dinner that they won't forget it will be so good!!

I wouldn't want to force my eating habits on anyone so I'll give guests choices.

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