Day 20 - Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas!! I have stayed on the diet in the past few days, it just became too busy for me to do an update. As it was I got less sleep each night as the week went on.  By Thursday night I was pretty exhausted.

My family agreed to forego the traditional meal that we usually have on holidays, which always include turkey or ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, homemade potato rolls, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce.

Not too much there that's GAPS-friendly.

Since I had the blessing of my family to do something altogether different, here is what I decided on:

GAPS Christmas Dinner

GAPS Christmas Dinner

My dh bought the standing rib roast on sale, it was $3.59 a pound (not organic).  He said everyone was snatching them up, so he thought he would get one, too. It was the one of the most delicious pieces of meat I've tasted in years.  The recipe was from Paula Deen and was just fabulous.

The Butternut Squash Puree is Pioneer Woman's. I have been making it for a couple of years. I usually add the maple syrup called for in the recipe, but this time I didn't add any sweetener. It was delicious.  Of course I haven't had any sweeteners/sugar for the last 20 days, so my tastes have probably adjusted to where the natural sweetness is plenty.

I've been making a salad dressing of 1/4 cup cold pressed olive oil, then I dump in red wine vinegar until the cup measures 1/3, then I put in a crushed clove of garlic. Delicious. We just went with iceberg lettuce, cucumbers, tomato and avocado.

I usually put mayonnaise in deviled eggs, but we only had commercial brand mayo, don't have oils on hand to make homemade. So I looked at the recipe I linked to, but ended up mixing about 1 tablespoon melted butter into 8 egg yolks, a squirt of brown mustard, some salt.  They were gobbled up, so I guess they were a hit.

The faux-tatoes turned out great. I usually add in an 8 ounce container of cream cheese, but since I'm off dairy (well except for butter) I just put in about 1/4 cup butter (1 and 1/2 large heads of cauliflower) and hit the pot of steamed cauliflower with the stick blender.

I have been having second thoughts about putting ES on Intro. I think it would cause too much die off for him. I am going to talk to dh again and see if we can come up with a plan.  I am not sure if I'll be doing Intro for these days that I planned. I'm just not sure what to do.

I was so delighted when ES was filling up his plate and he got this HUGE helping of *cauliflower* (the faux-tatoes) and usually I'd just cringe. He thought they were potatoes, and was disappointed that I didn't make more than I had. I asked him if he tried the butternut squash and he tasted some on the spoon and ended up taking the spoon and getting a few tablespoons for himself. I hope he ate it, as I consider it to be like gold.

The classic drop biscuits were pretty good. The recipe is from Elana's Pantry – um, from her book. I got it for myself for Christmas and it arrived on yesterday.

The recipe calls for 1/4 agave but I didn't use any. The recipe called for 2 large eggs, we had medium eggs, so I just eliminated the sweetener altogether.

They were well received.

All in all I'm very happy with our first GAPS holiday meal.  I'm very thankful that my family is game to try this.  I think it helped that most of what I made we've already had before. The standing rib roast, we've never had one before, and it was a huge hit.  I was pigging out on it.

I actually overate and haven't done that since I started this.

I had better go. It's nearly midnight, and I still want to take my bath. Hubby got me some pretty pajamas that I'm going to wear tonight.

Oh, and I felt decidedly happier today. I don't know if it is just because it was Christmas Day, or if I'm feeling better.

Also, I drank carbonated water today.  We bought YS a SodaStream because he drinks carbonated water (which comes in an aluminum can, and is probably fluoridated tap water!) so I thought this would be nice so he can use our good well water. I think carbonated water is really bad for our digestion, so I might not have done myself any favors. I figured how bad can it be? It's water.

Oh, and YS made a dessert which was actually great mixed with one of the biscuits.  2 Red Delicious apples, sliced thin, sauteed in butter with walnuts added and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Merry Christmas!

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