An AIP Christmas

family_Christmas_dinnerBlogging has been really slow for me this month.  Despite my best intentions, between my day job, all the work that goes into following the autoimmune protocol (and let's be honest, no matter how you slice it, it is ALOT of work) & preparing for the holidays, I've found very little extra time to write.

I also found myself not writing much, but instead thinking deeply on the events in Connecticut.  I wanted to take the time to be quiet inside & try to reconcile for myself what that tragedy means.  One thing I heard loud & clear while I was trying to listen to what wanted to be heard, is not to be afraid.  I don't mean never experience a moment of fear again, but to move forward unafraid to drink up all that I am so privileged to have been given in my life.  There are a few verses in the Bible where Jesus explains that we should not be afraid because the value of every human life is so high in God's eyes.  I particularly like Luke 12:6-7, "Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies?  Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.  Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."

Autoimmune challenges or not, I am alive to enjoy today.  I have an amazing partner in my husband, a gorgeous, smart daughter, a long list of loving family members and wonderful friends, a well-paying job that helps provide my family with a comfortable home and healthy, healing foods, & access to many systems, including healthcare, that do not exist in other parts of the world.  I am happy to say that I am finishing this year with the strong realization that I am worth more than many sparrows and I should not be afraid to celebrate what that "high value" has brought me today.

With that in mind, I have planned a special (& I hope spectacular) Christmas dinner.  Like Thanksgiving, it is important to me that I also come through this holiday feeling that I was able to care for my body as it works to repair the damage of autoimmunity AND still enjoy every moment of Christmas spirit.  So here it goes . . . my AIP Christmas menu:

Appetizer:
I am omitting the tomato paste & cayenne from this recipe, in order to make it AIP-friendly.
Dinner:
I am making this inside an oven bag, thanks to a tip from a friend, & using homemade chicken broth.  If you are not using homemade broth, pay careful attention to the label.  Lots of store-bought broths have gluten in them.
The eggs in this recipe are just a binder & can be omitted.  (I recently attempted a reintro of eggs, which did not go well.  Sigh.  That is a story for another day.)  I am also omitting the pecans.
I made this recipe for Christmas dinner last year . . . that was before my Celiac diagnosis & way before I knew about the nightshade/autoimmune connection.  BUT it was a delicious & lovely way to prepare the potatoes.  I am going to make it again this year, but with sweet potatoes & a little grass-fed cinnamon butter to top it off.
Be sure to shop carefully for a gluten-free prosciutto.
Parsley is a great herb for the autoimmunity battle.  It is anti-inflammatory & only two tablespoons has an enormous amount of vitamin K, which is crucial to synthesizing a fat needed to maintain the myelin sheath around our nerves.  How can you beat that?  Enjoy your Christmas dinner AND heal thyself!
Dessert:
Thank you Paleo Parents!!
Thank you Paleo Mom!!
(I am a happy recipe tester, but not much of a recipe creator, so a big thanks to all the wonderful inventors behind these dishes!)
 
Merry Christmas to everyone!  If any readers decide to try one of these recipes, let me know what you thought.

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