Friday, November 23, 2012

Eat the Pie, Feel Like Poo

I know! It's been a looong minute since my last post. I've been busy starting a business and getting my own health under control. But here I am! Here I am! It's a Holiday Season miracle!

I freakin' love Thanksgiving. I spend it on Long Island with my Dad's side of the family. It's a few days of total fun family time. Games, drinking, food, movies, and plenty of laughter. However...

Complete honesty - I was dreading Thanksgiving this year. Because of my health issues I am on this very difficult food plan (I hate the evil "Diet" word) and I was wondering how in the hell I was going to stick with it.

But here's the thing- I feel like poop when I eat like poop. And, for me, the implications are more severe than just a bit of a sugar crash and the feeling of a full belly. I've got some widespread inflammation going down in this little body and I am DETERMINED to get this shiz under control.

Not to mention, that for the past few years I've watched my Mom's health go down the crapper. It's hard. For her, for me, for my family. Watching someone with an adventurer's spirit have trouble walking up a few stairs is heartbreaking. Systematically her body has been checking out of commission and with the onset of my own recent health issues, to be honest, I'm terrified.

So I've made the decision. Next year I want to write a post that explains how thankful I am for my amazing health. I want to feel well, about my present state and about my future. It is worth it to forgo some pie that probably looks better than it tastes and stick to my guns this Thanksgiving feasting fest.

So here I am on a SUPER anti-inflammatory diet. No dairy. No sugar. No grains (even whole ones).

In order to get myself through this week, I packed a bunch of my own food. Brought along my protein powder and supplements. Flax crackers. Nuts. My Dad, Sister-in-Law and I took a trip to the grocery store to nab some fresh veggies, almond milk and ingredients for my personal cooking stash.

Then, I proceeded to cook my face off. I spent Thanksgiving day roasting. mixing, stirring, sifting, sprinkling, chopping... I had a blast.

Needless to say, put up against sugar drenched carrot pudding, my food was not the hit of the party (particularly my desserts). But they gave ME something that I could eat that would make me feel like I was participating in the festivities without totally effing my system. And that was the goal.

So, this year, I'm thankful for resolve. I'm thankful for determination. I'm thankful for health. Food. Family. Friends. Canasta. ...that's a Jacobs family thing...

I hope that you, too, had a great Thanksgiving dinner. Whatever that means to you. I hope you were nourished with comforting food and spent time with people that you love.

And I hope that you have a million things to be thankful for. I know I do.

On my Thanksgiving Menu:
Spice Roasted Butternut Squash Mash with Pecan "cookie" Crumble
Lemon and Chili Roasted Cauliflower
Grain Free Sugar Free Pumpkin Spice Pie
Coconut Flour Cupcakes with Vanilla Spice Icing

1 comment:

  1. I am sorry to hear of this challenge that you are facing, and also to be reminded of the ones that your mother is coping with. But I am heartened to see you facing it with determination and ingenuity. You were able to celebrate Thanksgiving with those you love while at the same time quietly not compromising guidelines that are important to you at this time. I might add that the "compromise" menu is inventive and delicious-looking! Fear not: as your learning process continues, you will grab on to more methods to maintain well-being.