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    Christmas.....

    Hi all,

    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!!!!

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iniQuity View Post
    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.
    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

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    I can't wait till Christmas!!!

    My friend has a farm and raises organic/grass fed pigs. I've been out to the farm many times and have seen the care and love that goes into raising them. I've got dibs on a fresh ham and a couple of kilos of bacon (NOTHING tastes better than bacon fresh from a hand-raised pig, it looks nothing like what you buy from a butcher, the meat is really pink and tastes more sweet than salty).

    Our Christmas lunch will consist of maple glazed ham with fresh seafood, salads and dark chocolate with a glass of red for dessert.

    Quote Originally Posted by Shelly6 View Post
    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 much the same. I'll happily pass up dessert/sweets/pastries at a function but can't go past trying something home-made that someone has put a lot of effort into, especially during Christmas. I can't really binge anymore anyway, even if I wanted to. I just end up with a food hangover the next day and spend all day nursing a migraine and belly-ache.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeiraJayne View Post
    I can't wait till Christmas!!!

    My friend has a farm and raises organic/grass fed pigs. I've been out to the farm many times and have seen the care and love that goes into raising them. I've got dibs on a fresh ham and a couple of kilos of bacon (NOTHING tastes better than bacon fresh from a hand-raised pig, it looks nothing like what you buy from a butcher, the meat is really pink and tastes more sweet than salty).
    YES. I used hate sausage and ham, and bacon was "meh". When it's free range, I could eat it ALL. And I could live on bacon from the farm, as well as their hamburger...10 years ago I was close to going vegetarian because meat tasted awful. Then I tasted real meat, and that veggie idea flew out the window at warp speed.

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    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.

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    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).
    Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

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    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.
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    We will be making some paleo cookies.

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    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.
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