The air is getting cooler, the days are getting shorter and Thanksgiving is a few weeks away. This is one of my favorite times of the year. Pre-Hashimoto’s (PH) I would start looking at recipes about now to make for Thanksgiving. Mostly they were baking recipes. I love to bake. Even when I was doing Paleo and then the Autoimmune Protocol there were plenty of options to choose from.
This year is different. Since I’m only 3 months in on the SCD and I haven’t introduced nut flours or eggs there’s not gonna be a whole lotta baking going on. Thank U Hashimoto’s.
I used to love Thanksgiving and all the foods we would eat before Hashimoto’s. Stuffing, turkey, cranberry sauce from the can (yes I loved that jelly stuff), my mother’s baked ziti, pineapple stuffing, sweet potatoes, apple pie…..ahhh the dessert.
I’m not gonna lie and say I won’t miss those things. I’m pissed that I won’t be able to eat those things but at the same time the thought of how those foods made my belly feel makes a little sick. It was a given that I wasn’t done eating for the holidays unless my belly hurt. I’d always promise myself that I wouldn’t eat that much again but then the leftovers would be there and there I was with another belly ache. I’d repeat that for a few days until the leftovers were gone.
Not having the option of eating many of those foods makes me sad but also in a weird way, makes it easy for me. It’s a line I just won’t cross. I’m staying on the side of SCD legal foods and everything else is off limits. I committed to doing the SCD and have been seeing positive changes even though I still have difficult days.
Even though I know this commitment is ultimately the best choice for me it does make me feel a little alone. Food is such an integral part of celebrating the holidays that I’m a little left out of it. The preholiday rituals of menu planning and baking and cooking are more limited as many of my PH recipes are out now.
Although there are plenty of SCD recipes that everybody can eat, they aren’t the familiar favorites. Nobody but me is excited about the SCD compliant cranberry sauce. They’re all discussing different bread stuffing ideas and pie recipes.
So how am I gonna still keep the holiday spirit. I’m gonna focus on what the holiday is really supposed to be about, being thankful. I’ve been keeping a gratitude journal for a few months which has helped keep me focused. I’m gonna continue to be thankful for small improvements in my health, my family, and my mission to help people put Hashimoto’s into remission.
For the actual logistics of the meal at Thanksgiving , I’m gonna make sure I don’t go to my brothers’ house hungry. I’m gonna make sure there’s at least one appetizer that I can eat so as everybody is socializing and picking on things I’ll have something to pick on too. I’m gonna pour some water with lemon in it in a pretty wine glass so as they’re drinking alcohol I can pretend I am too. I’m gonna focus on the foods I can eat versus the ones I can’t.
I can still eat the turkey, I’m gonna make some kind of squash dish (you know I like those), hopefully cranberry sauce, green beans, and some kind of pumpkin puree dessert using honey. I think I can still get a belly ache over eating these foods but will try my best not to 🙂
What are you thankful for?