Just wondering what people are going to do at Christmas? I am planning to allow myself ONE day off, on Christmas day and enjoy all the goodies I no longer eat. French bread and hummus, chocolate fudgecake and icecream, chocolates, roast potatoes, gravy, crisps......yum yum yum and I am not going to feel bad at all!!!!
Go for it, I am generally looser when it comes to social situations like that. I just eat plenty of protein first, that's always my plan, whatever I can fit after is fair game. I don't eat any of the super horrible shit, but I didn't do that in my "previous life" anyway, so no big change there.
[QUOTE=iniQuity;1015702]Go for it, I am generally looser when it comes to social situations like that. I just eat plenty of protein first, that's always my plan, whatever I can fit after is fair game. I don't eat any of the super horrible shit, but I didn't do that in my "previous life" anyway, so no big change there.[/QUOTE]
It all depends for me on the effort that went into that goodie. If cookies show up in a Lofthouse box, no way. If someone brings Christmas cut out cookies that they made from scratch and spent an entire day on, yeah, I'll probably partake in one.
I'm more lenient with grains as a whole, because they don't seem to affect me quite as poorly as sugar does. Small doses of sugar cause symptoms, but it takes a lot of grains to cause those same problems.
As far as I know we're having ham (REAL ham from a real hog!), home canned veggies, probably some stuffing and I'll make a sweet potato. We're having a very small get together, and most are health conscious thank goodness. I'm going to make a batch of cacao chip cookies with honey and coconut flour for dessert.
For our big family thing (usually after the new year), we have two kitchens going full blast and I'm allowed/free to make whatever I please. It's fun introducing people to Primal friendly stuff. Not ONE person at Thanksgiving said they liked sweet potatoes, because they had always been served them baked, then candied with all that marshmallow and sugar and garbage on top. (I'd puke, too). I made mine like you would mashed potatoes, and added butter and some salt, and everyone loved them. One formerly sweet potato hating person even said she made them for herself and her family at home a few days later ;)
Hi Lauralou42, I did have this plan in the back of my mind to try and paleo-ify some xmas bits, like the turkey stuffing and gravy. Not bothered about bread sauce. I reckon i could make some cranberry sauce easily enough. The rest is all good anyway: turkey (or we might get goose this year), pigs in blankets, roast pots and veg (yum yum). Half thinking about a homemade xmas pudding.
But i'm also starting to like your idea :-) The one thing I love at xmas is crackers and cheese so i'm def going to indulge for one day.
Heh. I'm visiting my extended family for christmas, and they are already meal planning (partly so it's not a massive workload for my mum, and partly so there's primal food there for me).
Meat and vegetables isn't that hard to do. With fruit and chocolate as treats. Plus, Pavlova makes a pretty good 20%.
(of course, potatoes are already in our 'safe starches' category along with rice, kumara, parsnips and carrots).
Planned weekly cheat day here. No sweat. We will likely have a ham, mash, roast root veg, and some gluten free treats. Otherwise it's pretty much primal. Thanksgiving repeat.
We will be making some paleo cookies.
I figure I'll be pretty lenient the whole of December. Have been doing a whole 30 Nov, and would be happy to do a Whole 30 jan too!
My guideline will be to only eat good quality non primal fare - so like the poster above said - homecooking, quality store bought etc etc.
One thing I am doing is planning a lunch for some close women friends - none of whom are "primal" eaters.
On the menu:
1. Grilled shrimp with herbs and olive oil
2. garlicky squash soup
3. greens with pomegranate, walnuts, and goat cheese and homemade ranch dressing
4. coconut/chocolate ice "cream" with nut "cookies"
5. coffee with whipped cream and cinnamon or warmed chai tea
That's it so far. My man/boys are coming home for the holidays and I know they are not eating the way we are, so it should be interesting when they look in the pantry and all they see are coffee beans, coconut milk, coconut oil, and tomato sauce.
Hey guys, want some bacon and eggs for breakfast? ... Yeah... I don't think it will be a problem
Just wondering what people are going to do at Christmas? I am planning to allow myself ONE day off, on Christmas day and enjoy all the goodies I no longer eat. French bread and hummus, chocolate fudgecake and icecream, chocolates, roast potatoes, gravy, crisps......yum yum yum and I am not going to feel bad at all!!!![/QUOTE]
I'm going to do the same thing I did at Thanksgiving.
Only things will change up a bit... different meat, different cheesecake recipe, different veg...
Eat delicious meat and vegetable sides such as green beans with garlic butter, asparagus cooked in white wine, garlic, herbs, and butter, savory baked butternut squash, homemade fresh cranberry relish, a spiced nut crust pumpkin swirl cheesecake with bourbon-pecan caramel made with only natural dried cane juice sugar and honey.
I did not miss eating any of the things on the table that were non-primal... including the traditional gravy that I made myself. And I've been kissed on the mouth over my gravy. Literally.
They turkey was moist enough that it did not need gravy. If it had needed help? There would have been garlic butter available. I don't need gluten in my life... autoimmune issues are too great a cost for that. And I have those in spades.
The only thing different from normal everyday operations is the sugary treat... but I allow a treat once every couple of weeks anyway. So nothing is out of bounds really. *shrug*
As usual... I'm just doing what I do. That's why I love this WOE. I never feel deprived at all.