I was really pleasantly surprised at all of my paleo switches for the standard carby fare. Butternut squash "stuffing" was so tasty that given a pile of stale bread crumbs soaked and baked it seems silly to even compare! But....
the pumpkin pie from paleotable.com was supreme. I don't mean it met expectations for a pumpkin pie, I mean it was better than any sugar ladened, flour pie crust pumpkin pie I ever had. It was so tasty, you could only HAVE one piece, and that was the beauty of it. That was definitely a keeper. That blog lady is a magician. Loved many of her recipes.
The only hiccup was thickening the gravy since I didn't give that a thought and had no arrowroot. Now I know. But that certainly didn't do me in.
Even went for a walk and played with the dogs while the turkey was doing it's thing.
So, now, what do you all do with your leftovers!?
Pounds lost: 3.0
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I plan to prepare 2 Cornish Hens, sweet potato casserole (w/apples/pecans), kale/bacon, Texas toast (for my son) or stuffing... If I don't fix the hens I may just roast some chicken.
I am determined to stay on track this year. Last year I lost from 168 to 154 in 2.5 months and gained it all back from Nov. - Jan holidays... so disheartening ... so this year, I refuse to cave and my focus is on being prepared for sweet cravings with paleo/primal food/desserts... I am lovin' how I am feeling. I will be exercising too!
Edited by: JAZZID at: 11/21/2012 (14:01)
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I'll be eating the standard fare we always have - turkey, steamed carrots and broccoli, sweet potatoes and squash. I'll just be avoiding the mashed potatoes and gravy, corn and stuffing. But I will be eating apple pie - I only get it twice a year, Thanksgiving and Christmas - and won't be giving it up!
Pounds lost: 53.0
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Hi Everyone, I have decided after a fairly unsuccessful attempt at mock oatmeal, that it just isnt' worth trying to make things taste like something else. So, with that in mind, I have just printed out a yummy sounding paleo "stuffing" recipe made with butternut squash, a pumpkin custard sweetened with a little maple syrup ( a classic combo anyway), and loaded the fridge and freezer with asparagus, cauliflower, green beans, and baby carrots. Of course, nuts, steamed shrimp and some pumpkin seed crackers to fend off the munchies while cooking. That's a tradition here anyway. Well, the seed crackers are new...
It seems to me that the day calls for gratitude, not food orgies. Looking at it as a cavewoman who has hit the jackpot and will not waste it in one meal but make it last to feed the tribe. :)
I am also Canadian and have had Thanksgiving. It was great! At my Mom's home and I just ate what fit into my plan leaving me very satisfied. I did have a small piece of pumpkin pie with Whipping cream, so it was a bit of crust that was not in my plan. But did well. Enjoy yours!
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It’s time for the annual procession of all things carb: potatoes, rolls, cranberry molds, all manner of desserts. Thanksgiving, however, needn’t be a salivating stare down with the spuds. The subject du jour: how you plan to handle the holiday. Primal types seem to fall into two camps when it comes to these occasions. Some say every day is a Primal day, and they go about preparing their Thanksgiving feast the way they do every other meal. If they’re visiting for the holiday, they selectively forage and might even bring a Primal dish of their own (to share or relish alone). Others take a looser approach, balancing the value of family traditions with their Primal interests to forge a reasonable compromise for the day. There’s plenty of room under the Primal tent for both good, old-fashioned moderation and rock solid resoluteness, I’d say. Let’s take a closer look.
The “Taking 20” Approach
Yes, there’s the 80/20 Principle to consider here, and it plays out a little differently for everyone. Some folks stay pretty much fully Primal throughout the year but make their exceptions on special occasions like holidays and other celebrations. The thinking here is, “It’s only one day. I’ll have my stuffing and then go back to normal life the next day. No biggie.” Although I’m not advocating inhaling the Thanksgiving pie www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-pies- fi ll-er-up/ all by yourself, I understand the sense of making a moderate concession for the holiday. Every once in a while I’ll take that approach myself. Chalk it up to convenience or nostalgia, but Thanksgiving does only come once a year. Your family may have very meaningful traditions that you enjoy participating in, or you might just reserve a special place in your heart/stomach for a certain annual dish. Some folks will even consider the day a strategic carb-refeeding opportunity. My suggestion is to gauge where you’re at in your Primal journey. Beginners or those interested in weight loss might have a harder time traversing the route of moderation. After all, you don’t want a momentary compromise to derail your progress. However, if you feel you can enjoy it and then return to your Primal track the next day none the worse for the wear, go ahead and partake. The “Stickin’ to Your Guns” Approach
Of all the days in the year, this can be the most difficult to navigate. Particularly if you’re spending the day with family or cooking with a non-Primal partner, your commitment can get some blowback even if it’s “tolerated” the rest of the year. Rest assured: you’re not a stick in the mud or a killjoy. It’s entirely your right to eat the way you want to on Thanksgiving just like it is every other day. You might choose to explain your reasoning (once again), or you might just try to lay low and avoid the subject for the day. (Comments/anecdotes, anyone?) In the interest of keeping peace and harmony, however, there are plenty of ways to politely turn down the un-Primal fare on the table.
The truth is, there are plenty of ways to make your holiday fully Primal – or any degree between. Whether you’re hosting or visiting, I invite you to look back at our most popular Thanksgiving recipes. They’ll truly an indulgent way to stay on track this holiday, and they’re proof once again that eating Primal doesn’t mean sacrificing taste.
Share your delicacies and you might even win over some converts!
However you choose to approach the holiday this week, know that it’s ultimately about owning your choice. Gorging with the delusion that a carb binge won’t have any repercussions isn’t exactly taking responsibility, but neither is seething at the holiday spread while swearing off a mere shadow of a carbohydrate.
The decision itself doesn’t matter as much as the spirit and knowledge behind it. Make your own, fully informed, entirely unapologetic choice and relish the holiday for all its worth!
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