This Thanksgiving week, I am celebrating one thing: About six months ago, I joined a Hashimoto’s support group of more than 2,000 people. I was desperately seeking solutions to problems my doctors didn’t know what to make of, problems I believed could be solved by nourishing my body, not filling it with prescriptions. Now, I am moderating the site’s diet-specific sister group, our overall numbers have grown to over 3,000, and I have met some amazing people from all over the world, from all backgrounds and upbringings, sharing this one incredible thing: Every day, we defy our own biology, the doctors that neglected us, and the culture that thinks food and illness are two separate issues and we get better.
And via this blog, I am getting more and more feedback from people just like me. People who have suffered a lifetime of health problems and professional neglect, who are grateful to know they aren’t alone and that there are real solutions out there — not the drugs or dismissal their doctors have accustomed them to. I feel the same way, and I appreciate every last one of you. There is nothing, nothing on earth to make you feel the wonderfulness and closeness of humanity like seeing so much widespread suffering — and then seeing it get its ass kicked by determined, resourceful women with as much good humor as facial hair. I am so grateful that my body finally gave me this rude awakening to tell me how dangerous our diets and lifestyles are, and then brought all of these amazing people and opportunities into my life. ♥
So, sentimentality aside, it’s that time of year again. A week before the big family holidays. I actually don’t do much for them now that I’m out on my own. I was never a big fan of the traditional meals, and, now that I know I had autoimmune disease, no wonder the holidays always made me feel like crap! But now that I’m not living alone, I do feel obliged to make some kind of effort. The boy’s a traditionalist and loves any excuse to feast, and the change in the weather does have me feeling a little sentimental. It certainly can’t have anything to do with all of the above ooey-gooeyness! 😉 Since there are only two of us, I’ll plan a small meal and a quiet evening, centered around some of his favorite holiday foods. Soo… here are some ideas for a 100% autoimmune-protocol-friendly Thanksgiving meal, large or small:
- Roasted Autumn Vegetables or Butternut Squash Soup (instead of traditional brown-sugar squash)
- Mashed Sweet Potatoes (instead of traditional mashed potatoes)
- Asparagus Fries or Asparagus Soup (instead of traditional green beans)
- I’ll be making roasted turkey legs for the main course!
- Spiced Pears (there’s already too much squash in the meal, so I decided against pumpkins for dessert)
- Cranberry Sauce or Cran- and Blueberry Sauce (on the side with dinner and dessert)