Talk to your host
If you are invited for dinner but are afraid that the sight and smell of food will make you nauseous, speak with your host about your concerns ahead of time. Maybe you can join the gathering when it is time for dessert. Bring foods you can eat with you such as an angel food cake or gingerbread cookies with no icing. If your mouth is sore, consider the festive Panna Cotta recipe below.
Ask for small portions
If you want to go for dinner, ask the host if he or she can give you small portions or suggest that you serve yourself. This second option may be best if you have developed taste changes to certain foods.
Take a break
If you usually host the holiday meal but are feeling tired, consider asking a relative if he or she can host this year. Also, give some thought to purchasing ready-made holiday foods instead of preparing everything from scratch. A change from tradition is okay.
Your family and friends only want the best for you. Let them know what you are concerned about and together you can find a solution. They will be happy you asked.
Whatever you decide to do, may you have a peaceful and happy holiday season!