I love finding other writers out in the big blogging world who show a clear passion for and interest in what Calum and I are exploring here at Practising Hospitality. We met our friend Kamille from Redeeming the Table in just this way, and I have loved learning from/with her ever since. Recently Kamille wrote this great post. And I think it’s the perfect sequel to Rethinking Sugar and Hospitality, a post I wrote back in February. Kamille considers this issue from a Biblical perspective, looking at Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth and showing how it applies to us today in our practise of hospitality. That is, the food we serve our guests should not be a stumbling block. Think for a second. Do you know someone dealing with health issues caused by obesity? Do you know someone who struggles with overeating? Or perhaps sugar addiction? Let’s not cause them to stumble by serving sugar-ladden foods.
So what can we do?
If you know the person you are having over is struggling with weight/health issues or sugar addiction:
Think about putting aside your desire for rich sweet food and accommodating their needs. Go for a low-fat or low-sugar dessert (for ideas see my series Dessert Ideas for the Sugar-Conscious) or skip dessert altogether. Show them that you care about their welfare (in a way that is sensitive to the situation – our aim is not to make them feel embarrassed, ashamed or self-conscious).
If you are struggling with weight/health issues or sugar addiction:
Don’t be ashamed to tell your host about your situation. It is always better to have the support of friends and family when struggling with anything. One strategy you may like to try if you have been invited to someone’s home for dinner is offering to bring the dessert. Your host will appreciate the gesture, and you will give yourself control over how much sugar you put into your body. Incorporating lots of fresh fruit is a great way to enjoy a bit of sweetness without all the processed sugars.
Do you know any other helpful strategies?