Paleo – Thanksgiving Dinner

We had a fabulous relatively Paleo meal yesterday for Thanksgiving.  I chose the word “relatively” because I have my relatives bring the non-Paleo stuff, for the most part.

What we made:

  • Turkey (whole, unstuffed, with olive oil and some fresh sage and rosemary, baked)
  • Gravy (made from the cooked juices of the turkey with arrowroot starch and water as thickener).
  • Broccoli (cut into chunks, steamed, then sauteed in garlic slices and olive oil)
  • Paleo stuffing 
  • Bread stuffing (NOT Paleo, but it was my grandma’s recipe, and I LOVE just the smell of it.  I don’t eat it.  I get to use a lot of herbs from my garden for it).
  • Sweet potato pudding (my other grandma’s recipe, adapted to a Paleo version, and very yummy)
  • Homemade applesauce
  • Cranberry sauce (the canned stuff, as my son won’t eat the chunky kind his grandma makes…. I eat Grandma’s!)
  • Gingerbread (from Paleo Indulgences cookbook)
  • Pumpkin Pie (I burned the heck out of the edge of the crust…. make sure to cover the crust edge or only press the crust into the bottom.  It was still very good.)

What other family brought:

  • wine
  • non-paleo breads
  • mashed potatoes
  • chocolate pie
  • cranberry sauce (Paleo)
  • raw veggies as pre-dinner snacks

We had a ton of food.  It was awesome.  With the exception of turkey, we have tons of leftovers.  We had an 18 pound turkey, and it was almost gone for 9 people!

Paleo Recipe: Grammy C’s Sweet Potato Pudding

Grammy C’s Sweet Potato Pudding Recipe (Paleo adapted):

  • 6 large sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 to 1/3rd cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup cooking sherry
  • marshmallows, if desired (watch ingredients on marshmallows, I’m not sure of their Paleoness.  I usually do one side with marshmallows and one side without).

Peel and cut sweet potatoes into chunks.  Boil potatoes until very soft.  Drain water off.  Hand mash sweet potatoes with coconut milk and sherry.  Place in ungreased baking dish.  Add marshmallows on top, if desired.  Make at 350 for 20 minutes (watch your marshmallows so they don’t burn).

RA – I’ve Been Outta the Loop

I’ve not been making blog posts lately and thought I should give a big update.

Life here has been quite crazy.  After about 13 year of being part-time, I went back to work full-time.  I did this for a few reasons.

  • My job of 17 years wanted me to go back to work full time.
  • I was growing increasingly unhappy there.
  • Due to increasing traffic, my once 25 minute each way commute had turned into 50+ minutes each way.

So, rather than going back to work full time where I had been, I took a closer job (12 minute commute) for A LOT less money than I would be making had I stayed where I was full time.  This has brought about its own stress, as it’s new people, new stress, and a lot less resources and time to do the same work I had been doing at my old job.  In this new position, there is a unique sense of being needed, as my skills are hard to find, and they’ve been looking for somebody with my expertise for 3 years.

I should also mention I’ve started a class in Permaculture, which takes up one full weekend per month.

So, here’s what I’ve learned in relationship to my RA and this new lifestyle. 

THE GOOD:

It is a relief to have more money.  We’ve been putting off some much needed home repairs because of lack of funds.  This helps a lot. 

The commute is much better and I’m way less stressed about being late due to crazy traffic.  I have more time than I would have had if I stayed where I was.

It feels good to know that I can do full time work.  I’ve been trusting in that for a long time, but also fearing it, as half-time work makes it much easier on my body.

My husband has stepped up with doing more of the grocery shopping.  My son has stepped up with packing his own lunches and unloading the dishwasher daily.

THE BAD:

I’m tired at the end of the day and week.  I don’t have much to give my husband or son.  I zone out after work.

Part of me misses my commute.  I miss long opportunities to listen to podcasts and audiobooks.

I am feeling very stressed, and my body is reacting poorly to it.  I’ve had some mini-flare-ups that seem to be quite correlated to stress.  I’ve been hyper-aware that I don’t cope well with stress.  I’ve been taking more Enbrel. It is hard to make doctor’s appointments with this schedule.  It is hard to find time to cook Paleo meals.  Consequently, I’ve been eating “less clean” which also contributes to the mini-flare ups.

 

With all of that said, I have this whole week off.  I’m cooking a bunch of Paleo meals to freeze today (soup, meatballs, and later chicken).  More to come on this topic as the year progresses.  I hope you all are well!