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23 Nov

Thanksgiving Dinner: Vote for Your Plan of Attack

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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  1. 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.

    Milly wrote on November 23rd, 2010
    • 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!

      Sarah wrote on November 23rd, 2010
    • 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 wrote on November 23rd, 2010
      • 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

        chiromom wrote on November 23rd, 2010
    • Me too: Turkey, green beans and a tablespoon or two of Mom’s cranberry relish.

      Carol wrote on November 23rd, 2010
  2. 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%.

    Roland wrote on November 23rd, 2010
    • What. The. Hell.

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

      Seth W. wrote on November 23rd, 2010
      • 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!

        Helen wrote on November 23rd, 2010
      • There is no waste greater than eating food you don’t want or don’t need.

        Caitlyn wrote on November 23rd, 2010
      • Love the “What. The. Hell.” HAHA! I need to use that one. LOL! :)

        Jennifer wrote on November 23rd, 2010
    • 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.

      pj wrote on November 23rd, 2010
      • 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:

        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 treat- but adds a few carbs)

        1. Mix all ingredients together until they form a ball. The ball should have a little moisture to it, but not be liquidy.

        2. You can taste it to make sure there is some sweetness and hint of cinnamon and butter if you’re adding honey.

        3. Press pieces of dough into pie tin with fingers until the crust is made.

        4. If making pudding/cream pies, bake crust first at about 325 F until just turning a slight golden brown.

        Just because we don’t eat grains doesn’t mean our pies can’t have a lovely crust.



        Christina wrote on November 24th, 2010
      • 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 flakes).

        It is a very forgiving ingredient to use. If you accidentally add too much agar during cooking and the liquid becomes too thick, simply add a little more water or animal juices/fat. It is flavourless, odourless, and colourless; it will set when cooled the same way gelatin does.

        Anyway, just thought I’d pass that along.

        Christina wrote on November 24th, 2010
    • 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.

      Caitlyn wrote on November 23rd, 2010
    • 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!

      Ashley Mason wrote on November 23rd, 2010
  3. 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 😀

    Ulla Lauridsen wrote on November 23rd, 2010
  4. 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 – the rest was shot, picked or grown by us.

    Sarah wrote on November 23rd, 2010
    • 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!!

      sarah wrote on November 24th, 2010
  5. 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!

    Kelly wrote on November 23rd, 2010
  6. 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!

    Ariana wrote on November 23rd, 2010
  7. 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.

    Paul wrote on November 23rd, 2010
  8. 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, Primal Pumpkin Pie, and let’s not forget the Turkey. Who knows, I might be surprised and everyone will like it, too. (But, I’m not holding my breath. I’m the only Primal in my entire extended family.)

    Kim wrote on November 23rd, 2010
  9. I’ll be taking 10, not 20.

    Carl wrote on November 23rd, 2010
    • I like your approach–they should have had that as an option!

      BW wrote on November 24th, 2010
  10. 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.

    Jim Arkus wrote on November 23rd, 2010
    • 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.

      Malika Duke wrote on November 25th, 2010
  11. 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.

    b. strong wrote on November 23rd, 2010
  12. 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 wrote on November 23rd, 2010
    • ack! parnip? parsnip…
      oh ya, and roasted sweet potato wedges with balsamic drizzle…

      Peggy wrote on November 23rd, 2010
    • 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…

      Peggy wrote on November 23rd, 2010
  13. 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.

    Victoria wrote on November 23rd, 2010
  14. 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.

    melissa wrote on November 23rd, 2010
    • :-)

      WildGrok wrote on November 23rd, 2010
  15. 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.

    Alison Golden wrote on November 23rd, 2010
  16. 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.

    zach wrote on November 23rd, 2010
  17. 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!

    Rebecca wrote on November 23rd, 2010
  18. 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.

    Bethany wrote on November 23rd, 2010
  19. 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 (and Christmas) food here I come!

    Ryan wrote on November 23rd, 2010
  20. 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.

    Jan wrote on November 23rd, 2010
  21. 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!


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

    Cindy wrote on November 23rd, 2010
  22. 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 issues, so it’s really not a big deal for me, physically, to carb up now and then.

    On the other, though, I believe so strongly in paleo/primal, I feel like I’m missing the opportunity to help others learn about it. Also, my competitive streak wants to just say “I’ll show them!” and be ultra-strict instead.

    Ultimately, I usually just smile and take their barbs and do what I feel like doing (eat or not). But it still is a sour note to the proceedings.

    Kris wrote on November 23rd, 2010
    • “The messiah of low-carb” — great line. That’s how I feel too.

      El Zombido wrote on November 24th, 2010
  23. 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!

    Robert wrote on November 23rd, 2010
  24. 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!

    bro0kiebaby wrote on November 23rd, 2010
    • Amen!

      Kelda wrote on November 23rd, 2010
    • weeee :-)

      WildGrok wrote on November 23rd, 2010
  25. Not going to lie. I can’t wait to exploit the 80/20 principle and eat some stuffing.

    thehova wrote on November 23rd, 2010
  26. 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.

    Paleohund wrote on November 23rd, 2010
  27. 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.

    AlamoJack wrote on November 23rd, 2010
    • YAY!!! For common sense! Which is not so common.

      Eileen wrote on November 23rd, 2010
  28. 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 stepmother’s waffles AND whatever else they come up with!!!

    Ely wrote on November 23rd, 2010
  29. 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.

    Katelyn wrote on November 23rd, 2010
    • 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.

      Malika Duke wrote on November 25th, 2010
  30. 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 my crazy food choices back when I was a vegetarian who brought my own Tofurkey, so now that I actually eat the main dish, they probably won’t care if I pass on the rolls.

    Robin wrote on November 23rd, 2010
  31. 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.

    Kayla wrote on November 23rd, 2010
  32. 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!

    dragonmamma wrote on November 23rd, 2010
  33. 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 wrote on November 23rd, 2010
  34. I’m really thankful for the PB and this site.

    hooty wrote on November 23rd, 2010
  35. 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 dead hands…I didn’t think I had much choice!
    Happy Thanksgiving everyone

    Mariah wrote on November 23rd, 2010
  36. 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.

    Callie Durbrow wrote on November 23rd, 2010
  37. 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.

    Asturian wrote on November 23rd, 2010
  38. 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.

    Kansas Grokette wrote on November 23rd, 2010
    • 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.

      Amy D wrote on November 23rd, 2010
  39. 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 the whole family. I love them enough to take the time to cook and research a healthy lifestyle. In the end, I’m saving my 5-10% for a beautiful bottle of wine!

    Sara wrote on November 23rd, 2010
  40. 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.

    Alexey wrote on November 23rd, 2010
    • 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!

      Ely wrote on November 23rd, 2010

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