Friday, November 28, 2014

Thanksgiving and the Day After!

Thanksgiving was so much fun! What a great time with family! I really miss my family, and thought of them often! We had smoked turkey, green bean casserole, roasted carrots, elk roast, roasted squash and sweet potatoes, beets in a cinnamon apricot sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, cornbread stuffing, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce, and of course, the pumpkin pie! I had a regular pie for everyone else and a sugar free, Whole30 approved "pumpkin"apple pie for me, my man, and my daughter. I was so surprised how sweet the sugar free pie was and I am wondering why we, as a culture, add sugar to already sweet things.

In fact, the sweet potato squash pan I made was SO sweet, it was almost too sweet! (ALL sugar free!!) Here is what I did:
Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Squash

Peel and cube 2 organic sweet potatoes
Peel and cube 1 butternut squash

Place in coconut oil greased pan, drizzle with coconut oil.
Sprinkle with cardamom and cinnamon.
Bake at 325F until done, stirring once or twice.

It was ridiculously good!

Obviously since I am doing the Whole30 I skipped out on a few of the food items, I just made them for everyone else not doing the Whole30!

Over all the only two things I was disappointed in was the green bean casserole and my gluten/grain free gravy. Thankfully, I was given some leads of some good recipes so I will be using them next time, but not waiting until the next Holiday to use it!

So fast forward to today:

Still fighting off another major reaction to something. Since I'm on the AIP Whole30 I know its not food based. I did however eat some non organic meat so I might have come into contact with that nasty antibiotic I am allergic to in the meat OR it was from me doing a deep clean on the built in hutch. We haven't had time to clean it out since moving in and I just couldn't bear to eat a nice dinner next to a dusty hutch. So I cleaned it out with just water this time as we thought I had a major reaction to the citrus cleaner I had used doing a deep clean on the fireplace (the day before I had my first horrid reaction). Anyway just using water I started getting VERY itchy and red that evening. The day before Thanksgiving I was bright red, itchy and started getting puffy. Instantly I took more than just Benadryl and I did the allergy protocol prescribed by the Doctor and it held off balloon face but I did get puffier over night so yesterday no family pictures were taken. Today it is not as swollen, but I switched the main allergy med from Zyrtec back to Claritin, so maybe that was a help this time? At any rate it is peeling like a chemical burn again. It's so bizarre.


I FEEL better despite the reaction! This Whole30 journey is helping me feel so much better! I no longer depend on a morning cup of coffee to get me through the day. I'm not a cranky bear when I wake up and obviously it wasn't the caffeine I was addicted to, but the sugar rush from a sugar caffeine laden latte. (I, however, still LOVE a good latte). I just won't go all crazy with them once I'm done with the Whole30, especially if I find dairy is a trigger. I'm suspecting dairy or eggs to be a trigger, but we shall see when the Whole30 is over! I'm 1/3 of the way done! WHOOHOOO!!!!!

Well, back to re-claiming my house from the Thanksgiving Day chaos of cooking and decorating for the fun Holidays we are going to be celebrating this December!!!!!

Happy Nearing the End of November!!!

Psalm 100:4

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