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Old 09-23-2012, 19:38   #1
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My first Thanksgiving post-diagnosis is looming, and I just don't know what to think. I have always loved Thanksgiving, it is far and away my favorite holiday. I love to cook my family's traditional favorites, as my mother did before me. It is powerful to me knowing that I am making the same recipes as my great grandmother.

I alternate between telling myself to fix low carb stuff that I can eat, and telling myself "oh what the heck it's only one meal". What are your Thanksgiving strategies?

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Captain, if you will search the forum you will find several threads about holidays and most likely Thanksgiving. But for starters, I ate with friends and we each brought some things to the table. As I recall, I made mashed cauliflower casserole and fresh cooked brussels sprouts with a yummy lemon butter sauce and with the turkey and ham we had I was sure of a solid meal for me, and I also ate tastes of other normally off-limits foods. It is only one meal after all and if you use good portion control you should be alright. When I have my family I do the very same thing...I don't have to eat all I make after all...I'm doing it for the others who can eat whatever they want. But, when I do that, I'm careful to have them take with them any leftovers I can't eat that might tempt me and keep the things which I can eat in the days to follow. I'd keep the recipes alive for everyone and just be sure to take care of yourself!

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As I get better at cooking, I'm finding that my relatives enjoy my crazy meals more than the traditional ones. Maybe because I have no fear of butter? Mashed cauliflower with cheddar and bacon is a favorite, along with a sweet potato casserole and Peanut Butter Caramel Shortbread Bars.

Sure by the end of the day the carb count is higher than my usual but I'm better off than if I hadn't brought my own food.

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I have lived far away from my relatives for years now, but my partner LCHF diets with me and my mother is so wonderfully accommodating that she just makes one starch for herself and the rest of the meal is LC. (We haven't had Thanksgiving together for years, though.)

I don't throw out the diet on holidays, but I do eat larger portions than normal. Basically, I make some kind of protein, usually a beef roast or a turkey roast, roasted asparagus or cauliflower and/or a salad, some kind of LC gluten-free bread, and an LC pumpkin cheesecake.

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This will also be my first Thanksgiving after diagnosis and I'm also trying to figure out how I'll handle it. My extended family has a set menu that we've had for Thanksgiving and Christmas for probably 40 years. It's a menu that everyone loves and looks forward to. So, I don't feel like I can ask everyone else to change. I figure that I'll be able to eat the turkey and the salad. I'm considering making one of the many cauliflower "potato" casseroles so I won't feel too deprived. And, just this past week we had a "harvest" potluck in my office and I took Healthy Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake from Healthy Indulgences (since this is my first post, I'm not allowed to post a link, sorry).
I don't really care for pumpkin but this was a great cake. My dh who also does not like pumpkin loved the leftovers. I'm thinking about taking that, but now that I've written it out, I'd really rather take something I really like. Something chocolatey. I don't know what though. I am going to miss the stuffing and gravy. Those are my two favorite items. But, after 7 months of really not having any carbs, I don't want to start eating them again. I'm afraid that if I do start eating them again, I won't be able to stop. I'm pretty sure I'll try my best to stay as low carb as possible and not give into the carby temptations. I just don't want to screw up everything I've worked for.

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Peanut Butter Caramel Shortbread Bars
Thanks for the link to this recipe! It sounds a lot like a recipe I made for Christmas pre-diagnosis. I love her blog. I don't know how I missed this cookie recipe, though.

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Sounds better than what I did for last Thanksgiving. Everything except the ham was carb crazy. The whole family was here and I had a can of tuna and a salad.

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I am in the same boat, i usually host Thanksgiving and slow cook the turkey in my smoker. I smoke a couple of chickens a few days before and use the bones to make homemade stock for my gravy (which is my favorite part). I will be doing lots of experiments on making gravy and will post my results. My old method was to dry toast regular flour in a skillet and put it to the side then make a roux from bacon grease with garlic and onions and added the toasted flour until it makes a paste, then added some beer and homemade stock until it thins out, then some herbs to round it out. I think I will try toasting different nut flours and coconut flour along with pork rinds to make my roux and skip the beer and see how it comes out.

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It will be my first as well... I am not sure who in my family will be hosting but I am not too worried... I plan to fill up on the "safe" stuff and have a little of the rest. Also the the post-meal walk will be a must instead of just an option.

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It will be my first as well... I am not sure who in my family will be hosting but I am not too worried... I plan to fill up on the "safe" stuff and have a little of the rest. Also the the post-meal walk will be a must instead of just an option.
I have always been "volunteered" for the game of post-meal touch football with the little kids. It usually devolves into a game of dog-pile on Daytona... Really helps out with the old BG to haul 4 kids around the backyard!

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