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That is one of the most enjoyable Thanksgiving days that I can remember. Though we were missing some key family members, it was filled with laughter, happiness, good company, and wonderful food. I cannot stress how comfortable I was with my food decisions. I.had.no.urge.to.cheat. My mother-in-law also makes pretty healthy dishes. She’s from northern Italy and definitely didn’t grown up cooking out of boxes and cans. It was so easy to choose some of her dishes and supplement with mine. Quinoa dressing/stuffing (depending on where you’re from; it was officially dressing since I didn’t stuff it) is one of my new favorite menu items. I’ll add a blog post about dinner with recipes soon. It will definitely be a new staple in our holiday menu. Though not GAPS legal, I’m okay with it on special occasions. It was nice to feel good all day. There was no sleepy, overstuffed, dull feeling that comes with eating foods that bother me or filling up on chemicals and preservatives. We have reached another level of healing folks, and it feels FANTASTIC!

I have a bit of water retention. I don’t know if it’s due to starting my monthly cycle or not working out these last couple of days. I do notice a definite difference when I am working out and drinking enough water, so I’ll have to see if it makes a difference when I work out tomorrow. I may have a sluggish lymph flow. Luckily, it’s an easy fix. 🙂 My days have been starting with 20 oz of water. I think it’s a good way to begin my morning with the amount of toxins that need to be flushed out of my system. Another new healthy habit. 🙂

Workout:
none – I could have worked out, but I decided to enjoy my holiday evening with a little tv with hubs and go to bed early.

Eats:
grapefruit
1/2 Larabar – peanut butter cookie
grass-fed hamburger with mustard, cayenne, and garlic powder
Thanksgiving dinner: 2 olives [from the olive bar, not American-style canned], roasted turkey [flavored with only herbs], turkey gravy (demi-glace of turkey broth), quinoa stuffing/dressing [quinoa, turkey broth, celery, carrots, chicken fat, Celtic sea salt], cranberry & rose hips sauce [cranberries, rose hips, water, maple syrup], sweet potatoes and apples [nothing added], mashed winter squash with cinnamon [nothing added], sauteed green beans [olive oil and Celtic sea salt], spinach salad with tomatoes [dressing of lemon juice and olive oil], pumpkin custard [pumpkin puree, eggs, local unfiltered raw honey, spices, Celtic sea salt]
leftovers bowl – green beans, quinoa stuffing, peas, turkey, gravy (yum)

Cheats:
maple syrup (since Katie’s allergic to honey, it is my only natural sweetener alternative), nuts, sweet potatoes

Water:
30 oz ?

Items I was able to tick off the list:
oil pulling
dry brushing
detox bath
juicing
fermented cod liver oil
probiotics
herbal teas (counting green tea since it’s medicinal)
bone broth
raw liver pills
coconut oil
 

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