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November 23, 2010

Thanksgiving Dinner: Vote for Your Plan of Attack

By Mark Sisson
175 Comments

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 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.

Make It a Primal Thanksgiving!

Turkey Time: Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers

Heritage Turkey and Mashed Parsnips

Primal Pies: Fill ‘er Up

Primal Holiday Desserts

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!

Now it’s your turn. Good readers, what say you? Will you be invoking the Primal compromise or planning a fully Primal holiday? Vote and comment below.

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Milly
Milly
5 years 10 months ago

I love turkey. The way I see it, any part of my plate not covered in turkey and green beans and butter is plate space wasted.

Sarah
5 years 10 months ago

Haha, awesome. Same here – I’ve got turkey, green bean casserole, & roasted brussels sprouts coming my way on Thursday. Personally, I think Thanksgiving is one of the few times it’s super easy to be primal around family!

chiromom
chiromom
5 years 10 months ago

20% here. I’ll skip the rolls and possibly stuffing. But I will have some spuds and a serving of my 16yo daughter’s incredible Tiramisu. The rest of the meal is meat n veggies. Oh and red wine…but that’s primal isn’t it? 😛

chiromom
chiromom
5 years 10 months ago

Oh Just remembered…I’ll do the mashed cauliflower instead of the spuds. I’ll save the spuds for the following weekend and my husband’s Chanukah latkes

Carol
Carol
5 years 10 months ago

Me too: Turkey, green beans and a tablespoon or two of Mom’s cranberry relish.

Roland
5 years 10 months ago

I’ll take the 20, but there are things that I highly minimize.

I load up on turkey, ham, veggies, etc. I eat pumpkin pie, but I may skip the crust.

I skip the bread, rolls, and stuffing, but have mashed potatoes and butter.

Gluten and the worst offending grains are the things that I tend to avoid, even in my 20%.

Seth W.
Seth W.
5 years 10 months ago

What. The. Hell.

Don’t be wasteful now, better eat that crust.

Helen
Helen
5 years 10 months ago

Roland, eating the crust for some of us means spending the next day with terrible stomach cramps or worse. When you’re not used to grains they can be really hard on your guts.

+1 for loading up on turkey and veg. Good stuff!

Hope y’all have a great holiday!

Caitlyn
5 years 10 months ago

There is no waste greater than eating food you don’t want or don’t need.

Jennifer
Jennifer
5 years 10 months ago

Love the “What. The. Hell.” HAHA! I need to use that one. LOL! 🙂

pj
pj
5 years 10 months ago

I’m doing what you’re doing. And since I’m the chief cook, my pumpkin pie comes crust-free. I guess that makes it more like a pudding?

Turkey, veggies, salad, two kinds of potatoes, gravy (thickened with Xanthan gum), two different (crust-free) pies for dessert. No bread, no rolls.

One attendee is bringing corn bread dressing, but I can easily skip that.

Christina
Christina
5 years 10 months ago
You can easily make a “crust” from ground nuts (ie, almond flour), butter, and spices (no need to sweeten because the pie will be sweet). No one will know there aren’t any grains in it. It won’t be much different in texture from a grain crust and will add a lovely depth of flavour. Recipe from source: http://www.scdrecipe.com/recipes-bread/dans-awesome-pie-crust/ Ingredients 1 cup almond flour 1 egg 1 cap Pure Vanilla Extract 1 tbsp butter 1/2 tsp cinnamon pinch of salt (creator adds a little honey to taste but there is no need, although a little bit would still be a primal… Read more »
Christina
Christina
5 years 10 months ago
On the subject of Xanthan Gum… An alternative and 100% natural way to thicken things is to use Agar Agar, a whole seaweed that the Japanese use all the time. It dissolves in water, making it thick. I use it all the time to thicken soups, stews, and gravies. It really works. Just a heads-up: Do not buy Agar Agar powder, as this is highly processed (high heat/chemicals). Agar Agar flakes or whole chunks of Agar Agar are what you should buy, and have not had anything done to them (except for being broken up in the case of the… Read more »
Caitlyn
5 years 10 months ago

Amen, brother. To me, sticking to my guns is not a sacrifice. I feel terrible when I eat wheat/gluten, so really it’s not about depriving myself of anything other than bloating, no energy and bitchy mood swings.

Ashley Mason
5 years 10 months ago

I now make crusts with gluten free midel gingersnap cookies put through the food-processor (crumb-ified). Add melted pastured butter to the cookie crumbs and press into the pan – magic! bake for 5 minutes, and fill with pumpkin goodness!

Ulla Lauridsen
Ulla Lauridsen
5 years 10 months ago

We do not have thanksgiving in Denmark, but obviously I’m thinking ahead to Christmas. I’ll compromise and have a lot of the bird and a little of everything else. No biggie. Live a little 😀

Sarah
Sarah
5 years 10 months ago
I’m Canadian so our thanksgiving was over a month ago. But I guess my family traditions (both my family and my husband’s) aren’t as carbalicious as those I hear about from down south… growing up we had a wild goose, with wild rice & wild mushroom stuffing, mashed sweet potatoes, homemade cranberry (actually lingonberry) sauce with minimal sugar, and three or four different veggie dishes. The POINT to thanksgiving was that it was, as much as possible, grown or harvested by us. I think the sweet potatoes and the wild rice were the only things that came from afar –… Read more »
sarah
sarah
5 years 10 months ago

yes, the way it should be! It started out being thankful for the harvest, now it seems to be too many loading carts with processed food in sterile, fluorescent-lit grocery stores! Keep up the good work! I admire you!!

Kelly
5 years 10 months ago

My parents are coming to our home for Thanksgiving this year and bringing the turkey. I am making everything else and all recipes are from this site! I am so excited to see how tasty they think everything is (as they aren’t primal eaters). I told them they could bring any other food items they felt they would miss (rolls, etc) but so far, the only thing they have mentioned is green bean casserole!

Ariana
Ariana
5 years 10 months ago

Seriously, what could be better than lots of turkey and roasted brussel sprouts? I would not miss the potatoes and starch at all. Pumpkin pie, on the other hand…. My favorite breakfast. And easily made paleo/primal. Can’t wait!

Paul
Paul
5 years 10 months ago

I’ve been strict about primal since I started the day after Labor Day, 25 pounds ago.

I’ll eat some of the forbidden goodies and will hopefully not feel too guilty or to physically ill for doing so.

Kim
Kim
5 years 10 months ago
We always have Thanksgiving dinner at my home, and I’ve decided to make it all Primal fare; if my guests want something different they can bring it themselves. I’ve been Primal since the end of July. I don’t know if it’s normal or not, but whenever I do eat something that is not Primal (i.e., soy sauce, bread, dairy–even butter, etc.) I feel utterly sick for the next two days. So, instead of having a carb fest, which I know would make me suffer, I’m eating clean. I’m actually looking forward to it–Nut & Fruit Stuffing, Bacon & Water Chestnuts,… Read more »
Carl
Carl
5 years 10 months ago

I’ll be taking 10, not 20.

BW
BW
5 years 10 months ago

I like your approach–they should have had that as an option!

Jim Arkus
5 years 10 months ago

This will be my first Thanksgiving since going primal, but I navigated Easter successfully, and I plan on repeating that: I’m going to fast up until dinner, work out during the day, then load up the plate with turkey and vegetables, and maaayyybbbeee a little bit of mashed potatoes. Then have a little bit of dessert (so maybe a little bit of 20) and call it a day.

Malika Duke
5 years 9 months ago

Hey, That’s my plan too! We are having primal green bean cassarole with the cream of mushroom from scratch and some organic mashed potatoes loaded with pastured raw butter, bacon and green onions!

We’re making some low sugar cranberry sauce from scratch too. I’ve been seriously low-carbing for a week to be about to afford this insulin spike… since it will be my only meal after a fasting day I think I’ll be just fine.

b. strong
b. strong
5 years 10 months ago

I think it’s easier to be primal on T-day than at, say, family spaghetti night at Uncle Dominico’s. Then again, I’ve never liked either pumpkin pie or stuffing, even as a kid, and I think gravy is just kind of “meh.” Although I like mashed potatoes, my family’s “traditional” yam, cranberry, and apple side dish is much more interesting. Add some greens and a plate full of pasture-raised turkey, and it’s a primal holiday.

Peggy
Peggy
5 years 10 months ago

Turkey (with some of that yummy cauliflower dressing!) cranberry/pink grapefruit walnut relish, mashed turnip & parnip (loads of butter), green bean casserole, pumpkin pie (filling made with coconut milk; nut crust). I’m also making for everyone else (I’m the only “primal”, but have some GF guests. convenient for me!): mashed potatoes, “traditional” pumpkin pie (with eggnog for the milk part), bread dressing, gravy (thickened with arrowroot)
There will be plenty of heavy cream, whipped cream, & butter for all.

Peggy
Peggy
5 years 10 months ago

ack! parnip? parsnip…
oh ya, and roasted sweet potato wedges with balsamic drizzle…

Peggy
Peggy
5 years 10 months ago

I like the exercising before idea too!! Might go out for a bit of xc skiing with the dog while the bird’s in the oven…

Victoria
Victoria
5 years 10 months ago

I’m really excited about cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year, though I know it will be very unconventional. This morning I butchered 2 of our young roosters, though as I’m concerned their won’t be enough meat on them, I’m also going to be cooking a venison roast. I’m making a sausage stuffing (made with local, well-raised, whey-fed pork). Lots of brussel sprouts, extra buttery butternut squash, and probably some root vegetables. Dessert will be my version of pumpkin pie and a dark chocolate/chestnut mousse…

Yeah- I’m excited.

melissa
5 years 10 months ago

i stick to my guns. in fact, i’m hosting this year and i posted my menu in the forum. it’s 100% paleo, i invited my guests to bring dinner rolls if they wanted them and dessert. i just refuse to provide my guests with something i firmly believe provides the body with anti-nutrients.

WildGrok
WildGrok
5 years 10 months ago

🙂

Alison Golden
5 years 10 months ago

As I wasn’t brought up with Thanksgiving traditions, I don’t have any nostalgia associated with it and I’m not crazy about the food so I will take a ‘stick to your guns’ approach and forage for what I can eat.

If I were in my homeland in December, however, it would be a very different matter.

zach
zach
5 years 10 months ago

I will gorge on all the neolithic agents of disease. As long as I abstain from sucrose, wheat, and vegetable oils 350 days/ year I’m fine. And I doubt the other two weeks do any serious harm.

Rebecca
Rebecca
5 years 10 months ago

We’re going down to an extended family feast in Palo Alto, and taking deviled eggs, and butternut squash/beets/onions with agave/balsamic reduction. I’ll forego the potatoes, rolls, and stuffing (it helps when the stuffing recipe made doesn’t taste that good), but have to have a slice of pumpkin pie, and a taste pf black-bottom banana pie!

Bethany
Bethany
5 years 10 months ago

I voted that I’m taking the 20, but in reality its going to be much more primal than not. We’ll have a small batch of the beloved dinner rolls like grandma used to make, and the pie crusts will be made from flour (my attempts at primal pie crust were a massive failure). Beyond that, we are cutting a lot of the carb-heavy things that were made just for traditions sake, and that no one much cared for anyway. So yeah, it’ll be my 20%, but it won’t be a grain and carb overload extravaganza.

Ryan
Ryan
5 years 10 months ago
I love the Holiday’s and I still hold to the approach of isolation. I eat those foods on the day of the Holiday only and thoroughly enjoy them – it’s only once a year! I may have some discomfort after but it’s worth it to me. However, I will say that I’ve never had trouble getting back to Primal the next day. I have my indulgence, sigh deeply, and I’m back at Primal eating again the next day (almost relieved, to be honest). If you have trouble “getting back on track” then I would definitely recommend treading carefully. Anyway, Thanksgiving… Read more »
Jan
5 years 10 months ago

I, too, am taking the 20 approach, but by and large it won’t be that bad. I’m making my grandmother’s rolls, cornbread dressing and pumpkin pie (all using sprouted whole grain flours) because it simply wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without them. Other than that, the menu isn’t that bad – heck, I’m even making the green bean casserole from scratch.

Cindy
5 years 10 months ago

I am prety partial to having a nibble of some cheat if it’s really worth it…but there will be enough turkey, veggies and a dessert I am making to get my by without even raising any eyebrows!

yay.

I don’t explain what I do anymore, and also I am not perfect and I like it just like that!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Kris
Kris
5 years 10 months ago
The worst part about these kinds of situations, for me, is the obvious glee that non-primal friends and relatives take in me indulging. It’s almost like the way smokers love to see their reformed brethren fall off the wagon. It seems to reassure to them that what you’re doing is “too hard” and makes them comfortable with their inertia. On the one hand, I hate having to be the messiah of low-carb for them at all times just to validate it as a lifestyle choice, and a supremely healthy one at that. I’m extremely fit and healthy, with no metabolic… Read more »
El Zombido
El Zombido
5 years 10 months ago

“The messiah of low-carb” — great line. That’s how I feel too.

Robert
5 years 10 months ago

I was planning, I assume like others, to try my hand at the Cauliflower stuffing and see how it goes at the family get together. I am sticking to my guns and devouring the veggie tray, and turkey. I plan on combining my WOW – Grok throwdown and turkey day into one!

bro0kiebaby
bro0kiebaby
5 years 10 months ago

I will be bringing my copy of The Primal Blueprint for any who ask how I lost all the weight or where I get all my energy from and they will be more than welcome to thumb through it.

I’ll be sticking to my guns thanks… gotta set the example for the nasty wheat-bellies out there!

Kelda
5 years 10 months ago

Amen!

WildGrok
WildGrok
5 years 10 months ago

weeee 🙂

thehova
thehova
5 years 10 months ago

Not going to lie. I can’t wait to exploit the 80/20 principle and eat some stuffing.

Paleohund
5 years 10 months ago

I am sticking to my guns this Thanksgiving. I managed to grab a pastured heritage breed turkey this year, so I am especially excited about eating this year. I just want to make this the first year I can remember I do not walk away bloated and miserable.

AlamoJack
AlamoJack
5 years 10 months ago

Maybe it’s just me, but we live a healthy lifestyle to, well, enjoy life. Let’s not get so caught up in wrenching TG into a primal mode that we put our lifestyle over enjoying life. Enjoy the day without worrying about your “lifestyle” or what a scoop of dressing will do to your coveted insulin count. Let’s not let a dogmatic attitude turn us into iconoclasts.

Eileen
Eileen
5 years 10 months ago

YAY!!! For common sense! Which is not so common.

Ely
Ely
5 years 10 months ago
Thanksgiving shouldn’t be a humongous problem. Tons of turkey, and my sis is bringing 2 green veggie sides! :9 Bread is pretty easy to skip, and anything else I can just have a taste of and be done. If there are multiple pies that could be a problem; my stepmother makes her own crust and it is yummy!!! We’ll just be extra vigilant the rest of the week. Christmas will be a much bigger problem; my bro will be here for a week, and it’ll take some doing to dodge lox & bagels AND blt’s on really good bread AND… Read more »
Katelyn
Katelyn
5 years 10 months ago

It is easy to never eat off plan. You just never eat off plan. No holiday, no pleasing 100 year old grammy, no tasting. Why would I want to eat off Zero Carb when I can just eat as much turkey as I want? If you eat off plan, you just agree that these poison foods actually have value and are a treat. They are not.

Just my opinion. I cannot understand fetishizing junk that way.

Malika Duke
5 years 9 months ago

I totally agree! It’s called all sorts of good thing but it’s not a treat to eat grains on TG for the same reason you lay off grains any other day. I can’t bring myself to consciously eating grain based products.

“Fetishizing junk”… good choice of words.

Someone method making rolls and said, “it just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without it”. Technically we could use that reasoning to justify grain eating and sugar binging any meal of our life.

Robin
5 years 10 months ago
I voted for 80/20, but it’s probably more like 90/10. I don’t really even feel like eating the rolls or mashed potatoes anymore and I never liked stuffing to begin with. So that makes it pretty easy. The 10% will come with the pumpkin pie, but I already make that from scratch with raw goat’s milk, eggs from our chickens, and much lower sugar than the usual recipe. Also, I make maple-mustard-balsamic green beans, and pecan-coconut yams that have some maple for sweetener. I’m not sweating that stuff, just enjoying the holiday with my family. My family got used to… Read more »
Kayla
Kayla
5 years 10 months ago

Count me as one of those who’ll be sticking with a primal diet this Thanksgiving.

Last year I enjoyed all the trimmings at dinner. Then I brought home leftovers. Then I though, what the heck? I’ll buy some of my old favorite holiday candies during my next grocery visit. Then I pigged out during Christmas dinner and beyond. I didn’t get back on the primal track until mid-January.

Talk about one poor choice leading to another! I guess it’s either all or nothing with me.

dragonmamma
dragonmamma
5 years 10 months ago

I’ll have a bit of taters and stuffing, but I’m seriously looking forward to tons and tons of turkey. The day after Thanksgiving I’ll be going out to buy another turkey!

hooty
hooty
5 years 10 months ago

Gotta say, I really appreciate this post.

I’ve been lurking around here for about 6 months, and, considering the wealth of information on this site has pretty much changed my life, I felt I really needed to pop in and say thanks to mark and all the people here who make this such an awesome, vibrant place.

Grok on, and happy thanksgiving one and all.

hooty
hooty
5 years 10 months ago

I’m really thankful for the PB and this site.

Mariah
Mariah
5 years 10 months ago
While I voted for the 80/20, I also love cooking and experimenting with new dishes. I took this opportunity to try some new things. I still like sweets but I am replacing my old refined sugar with better choices like honey and maple syrup. I am even making what I expect to be an awesome sausage and mushroom stuffing using coconut flour herb biscuits in place of the traditional bread component…here’s hoping! one thing I committed to not changing for the non-primal spouse was the mashed taters…especially since he said I could pry his potatoes and gravy from his cold… Read more »
Callie Durbrow
5 years 10 months ago

I feel like it’s always the sweets. if you can master the sweets, you can do the rest of it. That’s my 2 cents at least 🙂 and what I’ve seen from experience with my clients. And myself.

Asturian
Asturian
5 years 10 months ago

There are plenty of healthy food choices to gorge on during these holiday gatherings that there is no need to default to the 20% or tempt your self control.

For me, the 20% is reserved for situations beyond my control.

Everyone interprets their own 20% in their own way. So long as you enjoy yourself without feeling bad (physically or mentally), then do it.

Much ado about nothing IMO.

Kansas Grokette
Kansas Grokette
5 years 10 months ago

I’m afraid I have to stick to my guns because my health is on the line. Due to celiac, wheat is out “irregardless”, as Dave Barry would say. When you exclude wheat, 90% of the side dishes are out. My plate will be filled with turkey, turkey and more turkey, with small samples of mashed cooked sweet potatoes and “safe” (as in made without wheat flour) gravy. Green beans and butter will essentially be my dessert.

Amy D
Amy D
5 years 10 months ago

Same here, WICKED gluten intolerance and Celiac… I just fervently hope I don’t get cross-contaminated as usually happens when we don’t prepare the food ourselves. I’ll bring my own dessert so I won’t have sweets-envy but I draw the line at bringing my own turkey to someone else’s dinner.

Sara
Sara
5 years 10 months ago
As my first Primal Thanksgiving approaches I am very excited to try all the new recipes. What a great opportunity to try anything and prove to my family that I’m not neglecting them, even though my kids continuously ask my why I keep “forgetting” to buy breakfast cereal! My husband has adjusted well to no more toast for breakfast, I hope he will enjoy the cauliflower mushroom stuffing! I was ready to change my life after being diagnosed with Celiac and lactose-intolerance. After finding MDA, I now understand that the Primal lifestyle is important not only for me but for… Read more »
Alexey
Alexey
5 years 10 months ago

You only live once. Although looking after your health is important, you have to know when to let loose a bit. I have a feeling that some mashed potatoes and a piece of pie is not going to kill anyone here. Especially if you already reached your goal as far as weight, screw it and have fun. And even if you still have weight to loose, splurging on Thanksgiving might even shake up your system and kick up your weight loss.

Ely
Ely
5 years 10 months ago

I think it depends on whether you’re sensitive to flour etc. If it makes you feel like crap you won’t enjoy it. If it doesn’t affect you, go for it!

Patty
5 years 10 months ago

Totally sticking to my guns, and luckily, have the full support of my family. The most off plan food I’ll have is my Paleo version of cranberry relish, and it’s only slightly off plan because of the walnuts–there’s no added sugar.

labbygail
labbygail
5 years 10 months ago

The main Thanksgiving meal itself is easy; there’s plenty of meat and veg to be had, and you can take or leave the rest. The hard part is the rest of the meals for the entire weekend when you’re visiting family (as many of us do for the holiday weekend).

Zoebird
5 years 10 months ago
for me, thanksgiving was always rather rough. i don’t like those starchy foods, i always felt aweful on thanksgiving. when i married, i had my IL’s version, which was even more starch-heavy than my own family. and, i was vegetarian at the time, so you can imagine that thanksgiving was NOT an exciting meal for me. but, then i decided that *i* would host it. It always got rave reviews (even though there was always grumbling about it not being “real”) and here was my “primal” menu, even though we were not primal: First Course: Creamy Broccoli soup–no potato, and… Read more »
Samantha
5 years 10 months ago

My fiance and I aren’t doing the a big Thanksgiving meal. We’re enjoying his day off, having bacon & eggs and for dinner, a steak & some sweet potatoes. 😀

Dustin Bopp
5 years 10 months ago
What’s great is that there is no one way that is right for everybody. We all have our own reasons for what we do and what we eat. I am convinced that eliminating grains (wheat in particular) has made a profound difference in my health. Whether it’s drastic or not, I look at it like poison and it becomes unappetizing. My carb intake is very low on a daily basis but I am not gonna sweat some extra sweet potatoes one day. I tend to stay steady with these kinds of things and have never viewed food as a reward… Read more »
Emily H.
Emily H.
5 years 10 months ago
I have a great relationship with my (non-Primal) family, but I’ve elected to not mention being Primal since getting back into it a year ago. It’s turned been great – no stress. There are no jibes or awkwardness, and people are so wrapped up in eating and having a good time, that no one has ever noticed. I’ve thrown entire Primal dinner parties with no comment from anyone. Since I have been voluntold to host Thanksgiving this year, there will be stuffing to retain some semblance of tradition and to satisfy the masses, but I have no intention of consuming… Read more »
me2
me2
5 years 10 months ago

My Plan of attack (does require advanced preperation):

Convert your mother & sister who in turn convert your father and brother in law who in turn convert their friends. Have Thanksgiving together. Believe it or not I first became Primal this Sept. 1st. It took less than 3 months to orchastrate this. Mwa ha ha ha.

rob
rob
5 years 10 months ago

20%, gotta have the cranberry sauce with the turkey.

Having pumpkin cheesecake instead of pie, going to eat about 750 calories worth of that sucker.

Paula
Paula
5 years 10 months ago

Thanksgiving Day is definitely a 20 day for me. I love stuffing and pumpkin pie, so I will eat them without hesitation. I’m not crazy about mashed potatoes, so I can easily avoid them. This year we are having a close-to-primal sweet potato recipe, so there won’t be the buttery-sweet candied sweets to contend with. Overall, an aberration but a fun one.

The Primal Pig
5 years 10 months ago

A mix of both.. I’m hosting Thanksgiving at my place this year, so I have almost full control over the entire menu (Free Range, Organic, Local Turkey, Buttercup Squash (no sugar, extra butter), primalized gravy and cranberry sauce, etc). However, I’m baking standard (white flour) pies with ice cream, stuffing in the bird and more for the others.

I’m looking to stay around 90% primal to whole way through. Wish me luck because buttered rolls are amazing!

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