_It’s almost turkey day and for me, it’s time to start preparing my Thanksgiving menu! If you’re still looking for the perfect menu for your celebration, then look no further. Here are 25 recipes that will make your Thanksgiving feast both healthy and delicious.hy go grain-free?A holiday centered on over eating can be a challenge for many of us. While the carb fest at Thanksgiving can be especially challenging for those of us with health conditions such as obesity, binge eating, celiac disease, diabetes, or for those of us who’ve had weight-loss surgery. My advice: Go grain free.My friend David Mendosa (writer for HealthCentral diabetes) and I each live a grain-free lifestyle, also avoiding starches and convenience or processed foods. We firmly believe, as do many follwing the Paleo and Primal movements – that modern grains and processed foods contribute towards a long list of health problems, including weight gain.** All these people can’t be wrong, can they?**
Well, as we foodies say, the proof is in the pudding. David, who has diabetes, lost roughly half of his bodyweight by taking a new diabetes medication. As for me, I have celiac disease and diabetes, and I lost 100-lbs from bariatric surgery. Both David and I have brought our health conditions into remission or under control because we’ve maintained that massive weight-loss by eating a grain-free diet.
But, enough with the education, and onto the fun stuff!
A Grain-free ThanksgivingHere are 25 recipes from some of my favorite food bloggers. I’ve included a few selections for each course to get you started. You can view more recipes on my** Grains Make Me Fat! recipe cards on Pinterest. Word to the wise – although these are healthful grain-free recipes, keep an eye on your portion sizes and don’t overdo it on the starches.**
Diane’s Sauerkraut and Kielbasa from HomeCookKirsten.blogspot.com (we always have kielbasa at the Thanksgiving table; I get an awesome chicken kielbasa from the Polish deli at my local farmer’s market)
I also invite you to take some of the focus off of food this holiday and redirect it to quality time with family. Here’s what my family does: Early in the day, we usually get everyone involved in a simple craft project (a game would work well, too). After dinner, we take a walk. And at our Thanksgiving table, we each take a turn saying one thing that we are thankful for. Last year, my two-year-old granddaughter said she was thankful for Halloween candy – LOL – It was her first time trick or treating and apparently it made an impact!
From my family to yours, we wish all a Happy Thanksgiving!
Living life well-fed,** MBources:**
The Paleo Diet http://thepaleodiet.com/
GAPs Diet http://gapsdiet.com/GAPS_Outline.html
South Beach Diet http://www.southbeachdiet.com/diet/
SCD Web Library http://www.scdiet.org/1about/index.html
Updated On: October 27, 2016
I grew from fit to fat and became a processed food junkie and couch potato with diabetes, celiac disease, depression, acid reflux, asthma, and hypertension. I was in my 30s, morbidly obese and on ~10 prescription medications. Since 2003 I’ve maintained massive weight loss from gastric bypass surgery and remain free from 9 of the 10 prescriptions. Then in 2013 I underwent body contouring and facial plastic surgeries to remove the last traces of my former obesity. Nowadays I am committed to supporting the online patient community with outstanding resources and by sharing my long-term success in defeating obesity and obesity-related illnesses. Today, I’m a size small (down from a size 24W) and living larger than ever!