To quote Geore Costanza:How was the collision of Two Worlds? : A "brave" Paleo person confronted with the stark reality that their obese, diabetic, autoimmuned ,cardiovascularly damaged friends and relatives have no idea WTF ishappening to themselves ,and more depressingly, they don't even seem to care. How did the Thanksgiving ritual play out? Personally we stayed home and ate Paleo. Relaxing day.
I ate what everybody else ate because one meal out of 100s in a year has relatively little effect on one's health. I was happy because I was around friends and family, not smug because I'm eating a "superior" diet over what they're eating.
I cooked, so I mostly had control over the food. My mother's only insistence is that we have "normal stuffing" (like the kind we grew up eating - white bread, nothing weird like sausage or oysters or mushrooms. Sigh.) Anyway, I've been strictly gluten free since October, so I made the stuffing using GF bread because I didn't want to conaminate my turkey. Otherwise, it was roasted root vegetables, brussels sprouts, homemade cranberry relish sweetened with stevia and honey, and gravy made with rice flour. I bought dinner rolls for my parents and made mashed potatoes from a box (my father's only request). There was a sweet-potato pie with a GF crust for dessert. Oh and lots of wine.
I ate pretty sensibly, though allowed myself to exceed my usual carb amount with the root veggies, cranberries, and pie. And wine. But I had a small amount of stuffing, thinking "I went to the trouble to make it gluten-free, I may as well taste some." The next day my face was all swollen, and I looked/felt like crap. I sometimes have reactions to red fruit, but ususally, it just inflames my eczema, so I don't think it was the cranberries. Considering that everything on the menu I made and would eat on any other day (just not all at once) I'm assuming it's the GF bread. I haven't had any grains at all in months and my body did not like them, gluten or not.
I hosted and cooked half, my sister cooked the other half. To be honest, it wasn't paleo but it wasn't ridiculous either. I planned to cheat with some amazing sausage stuffing I made, but nothing else was really off-the-charts bad. And, in addition to the turkey I cooked, we had an amazing filet of beef my sister brought. We finished with a pumpkin pie I made from a Mark Sisson recipe that was posted last week. All in all, it could have been much worse.
I made a paleo pumpkin soufflé. The only non-paleo food I ate all day was a little Reddi-wip, which I put on some fruit with chopped almonds.
Other than that I gorged on paleo-only food. I was stuffed and satisfied, but I didn't feel bloated and lethargic and like crap afterwards like I have in the past.
I went to my GF's Mom's house for thanksgiving. She is southern so there was a lot of stuff I couldn't eat. I had turkey and ham and collard greens and then came home and loaded up on fish oil to counteract the O3s. Desert was a paleo cobbler I made out of berries and almond flour.
I didn't host (visiting family), but I cooked the whole meal. Only thing I added was a little sugar in dessert. I made the Nourished Kitchen pumpkin custard with a meringue topping and an apple flaugnarde (baked custard) with a little honey and white rice flour to thicken. Other than that? Totally paleo-friendly and delicious (if I do say so myself). I'm lucky to have family that will let me take over the kitchen when I visit... helpful when my in-laws don't cook so much.
We had another family over for football and dinner. I deep fryed a turkey in peanut oil (not by choice). I really didn't eat much, maybe because I just read Rosedale's latest response to Jaminet. Since I'm T2, his advice probably applies to me...
I ate a bunch of black olives and some cheese. A bit of the turkey (just picked at it). One small bite each of mashed potato and sweet potato (navigating around the stupid marshmallows). And several bourbon and diet cokes.
I was the only one not groaning and complaining later. And also the only one that didn't add to the groaning with pie and ice cream. I admit usually not being able to control myself under such circumstances - it was kinda wierd. And my wife gave me the "Why aren't you eating?" about three times before she gave up.
Why indeed. Well, for starters, I'm still morbidly obese and diabetic and I'm sorry I had to retake control on the one day where you are supposed to be out of control...
I live in a house where my wife thinks it's just fine to pack Doritos for my daughter's lunch. Did you know there's hydrogented oil in there? La-la-la, they don't want to hear, they don't care, they're all fat and oblivious to any problem with our food.
Oops, sorry, didn't mean to go off there. Please return to your original programming.
I'm a long-term resident in an RV park. The park manager hosted a pot-luck spread. She made turkeys and many people brought sweet dishes and desserts.
I ate turkey, raw veggies and raw fruits (the mixed fruit salad was my contribution to the feast and had been requested by several people who've had it before.) I definitely got a few odd looks which I cheerfully ignored as my close friends know what I'm doing. I walked away from that gathering in a euphoric mood, as I had no stomach discomfort, no post-feast digestive issues.
The day before the feast, I cooked a goose and ate heartily of that. Before going to the feast, I ate a chunk of the goose. So I was pretty calm and secure when I arrived and the best part of the event was that as I scanned the spread, my brain simply said, "Not food" to all the things that would've tempted me a year ago.
The net result was that I lost a pound or two over the holiday weekend.
I went to a friend's place and luckily while not full paleo, they have gotten on the gluten free wagon as of late. We had the normal, turkey, potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans and such, so all that was good, or at least passable. I did the stuffing with gluten free stuffing cubes from Whole Foods, onions, celery, apples, and sausage. Lots of scotch and wine to wash it all down with.
As it happens I had just quit doing paleo, I still wasn't sure about it, I thought I would be able to eat a little bread etc., or at least I wanted to, so at Thanksgiving...
The Bad: I overate. Stuffing and smashed potatoes with gravy especially. Then it was a birthday party a few days later and though I usually never eat the stuff because I avoid sugar no matter what I overate cake big time.
The Ugly: I gained a whole bunch of weight pretty quickly, I got pudgy again, muffin top returned, and even though I tried to eat better (though still not paleo) I just wasn't losing it.
The Good: I learned I can't manage starches after all, lol. It just convinced me better that paleo is right for me after all. I'm back on paleo, hunger is remarkably reduced, and am down about 4 pounds pretty quickly, I can already see a difference in my middle, I look so much better.