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How's christmas time going?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 21, 2010 at 7:04 AM

Hey friendos,

If you haven't noticed, it's Christmas time. As such, all things non-paleo, all things neolethic are being celebrated -- from the birth of Christ to eggnog. For me, it's a tough time of year to "behave." Strict paleo is not an option. Something about tradition resounds as more healthy than dietery perfection. There are plenty of late nights, a fair amount of eggnog, and a couple scattered Christmas cookies (only a few, I'm starting to learn my lesson). I feel pretty great. A little extra tension is being carried in the shoulders but other than that I'll make to January in time for a super strict month of gluten, dairy, legume, and caffeine freedom. . . that caffeine part sounds tough. How are things going for you?

Oh and check out this gluten free dessert from the nourished kitchen: http://nourishedkitchen.com/buche-de-noel/

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7314)

on December 23, 2010
at 01:35 PM

No problem. I got it from Peter at Hyperlipid. if you search optimal ice cream it should come up. You can also add a splash or two of water if it's too thick. The raw heavy cream I get (as compared to the store kind) is riduculously thick, its a pudding consistency, so I do this sometimes. Enjoy :)

691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

(3641)

on December 23, 2010
at 06:40 AM

ha, i see. very unfriendly things to do. i lost two rep points so maybe that meant just one down vote. interesting to see it happen though. why punish people for participating in a thread?

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 23, 2010
at 04:09 AM

THANK YOU! I used to have an ice cream maker. Maybe I'll trade my breadmaker in for a new one.

03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

(2007)

on December 22, 2010
at 11:40 PM

lol @ deer. I tend to take paleo inedibles to my choir practices for them to eat.

03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

(2007)

on December 22, 2010
at 11:38 PM

Excellent tips!

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7314)

on December 22, 2010
at 07:40 PM

Yup, best tool in my kitchen. The texture isn't very good otherwise.

66e6b190e62fb3bcf42d4c60801c7bf6

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on December 22, 2010
at 06:39 PM

so do you use a tradional icecream maker?

D10ca8d11301c2f4993ac2279ce4b930

(5242)

on December 22, 2010
at 06:07 PM

Roomates can be so helpful.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on December 22, 2010
at 05:43 PM

MikeD, last night someone went through this question and the "What is your paleo replacement for your favorite sweets n' candies?" question and downvoted every single answer. (But you only got voted down once, I think.)

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on December 22, 2010
at 04:57 PM

Also, what's with the downvotes? i just upvoted everyone.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7314)

on December 22, 2010
at 04:56 PM

The ratio is about 1 pint cream, 6 egg yolks, 1/2 cup sugar ( I use an equivalent amount of stevia, about 1 tbsp). I don't measure anymore though, because it's pretty hard to mess up, and I know about how much of each i should put in. You can add flavorings too like vanilla extract, cocoa powder, peppermint extract, almond extract and toasted almonds, fruit, etc. Also, you can use less egg yolks. Usually I use 3 pints and 6-12 egg yolks depending on how many I have. The rest of my family doesn't like too many eggs, but I like it with the 1 pint 6 egg yolk ratio.

691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

(3641)

on December 22, 2010
at 02:07 PM

really? someone voted this down twice? i wish to face my accusers, can we add that feature?

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 22, 2010
at 01:37 PM

I'm with you LB. I got downgraded twice and I have no idea how this type of answer can be "wrong". Oh well. I also second the request for the ice cream recipe! Thanks Mari.

66e6b190e62fb3bcf42d4c60801c7bf6

(12407)

on December 22, 2010
at 10:41 AM

just curious about the serial downgrader... what was the unhelpful part of this answer or the ones below it? people are just expressing how they are coping with the holidays in an honest manner. personally, i've been picture perfect over the holidays- i've even lost seven more lbs. but one can definitely understand the cultural and communal/familial aspects of the holidays that lead some to loosen up a bit with their diets. btw, mari, can u post that ice cream recipe? sounds good and damn near paleo enough for me...

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 22, 2010
at 02:50 AM

Oooh, I just bought my sister the Martha Steward COOKIES cookbook for Christmas. Tons of cookie-porn!

A727956fa3f943057c4edb08ad9e864e

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on December 21, 2010
at 09:24 PM

You are so right about letting one slip up turn into a 'bad day' type free-for-all. It's hard to get rid of an all-or-nothing attitude isn't it? Well done!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 21, 2010
at 09:11 PM

Good luck! Don't miss out on all the fun, though. Just choose wisely!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 21, 2010
at 07:36 PM

Well, mine just agrees with me and then does whatever she wants. It's crazy!! Good luck over the holidays. Don't let the bad food get you down! :)

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on December 21, 2010
at 06:58 PM

oh no, that must be such a struggle. i cant stand it when my ILs feed my kids on their own- it usually means cheese sticks and applesauce that contains HFCS at EVERY meal. they do live three hours away, so that helps keep the arguments to a minimum for us. there is so much emotion tied up with food, and with the holidays on top of it, that it seems like its never a rational discussion.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 21, 2010
at 06:52 PM

Do we have the same MIL? (Borderline diabetic, high blood pressure, glaucoma and high cholesterol) Mine insists that Crispix is healthy. I keep trying to tell her it's Frosted Flakes in a different shape! My problem is that she is my main caregiver for my daughter, so it creates even more fun issues.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 21, 2010
at 02:06 PM

I have always been my own worst enemy, but also my biggest supporter. Depends which voice is talking to me. ;) A B- isn't failing, so I think that's awesome. Shoot for a B+ over Christmas and I think that's acceptable!

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9f2b5def0bc7fd8ad615637d1ffeb9ec

on December 21, 2010
at 01:08 PM

I'm following these tips to make it through the holidays.

1 Don't stress.
2. Create a calorie buffer.
3. Prioritize protein
4. Limit choices, not amounts.

from http://www.leangains.com/2010/11/cheat-day-strategies-for-hedonist.html

03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

(2007)

on December 22, 2010
at 11:38 PM

Excellent tips!

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691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

(3641)

on December 21, 2010
at 07:59 AM

Yeah, bring on the homemade eggnog~you can kinda make that paleo if you try.

But I wont be eating gluten just cause its a holiday. GLUTEN IS EVIL!

691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

(3641)

on December 22, 2010
at 02:07 PM

really? someone voted this down twice? i wish to face my accusers, can we add that feature?

691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

(3641)

on December 23, 2010
at 06:40 AM

ha, i see. very unfriendly things to do. i lost two rep points so maybe that meant just one down vote. interesting to see it happen though. why punish people for participating in a thread?

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on December 22, 2010
at 05:43 PM

MikeD, last night someone went through this question and the "What is your paleo replacement for your favorite sweets n' candies?" question and downvoted every single answer. (But you only got voted down once, I think.)

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Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7314)

on December 21, 2010
at 09:10 PM

I treat gluten like a celiac, even during the holidays. But I'm making ice cream with raw heavy cream, egg yolks, vanilla, and stevia. Also a chocolate and a cherry almond version.

66e6b190e62fb3bcf42d4c60801c7bf6

(12407)

on December 22, 2010
at 10:41 AM

just curious about the serial downgrader... what was the unhelpful part of this answer or the ones below it? people are just expressing how they are coping with the holidays in an honest manner. personally, i've been picture perfect over the holidays- i've even lost seven more lbs. but one can definitely understand the cultural and communal/familial aspects of the holidays that lead some to loosen up a bit with their diets. btw, mari, can u post that ice cream recipe? sounds good and damn near paleo enough for me...

66e6b190e62fb3bcf42d4c60801c7bf6

(12407)

on December 22, 2010
at 06:39 PM

so do you use a tradional icecream maker?

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7314)

on December 22, 2010
at 04:56 PM

The ratio is about 1 pint cream, 6 egg yolks, 1/2 cup sugar ( I use an equivalent amount of stevia, about 1 tbsp). I don't measure anymore though, because it's pretty hard to mess up, and I know about how much of each i should put in. You can add flavorings too like vanilla extract, cocoa powder, peppermint extract, almond extract and toasted almonds, fruit, etc. Also, you can use less egg yolks. Usually I use 3 pints and 6-12 egg yolks depending on how many I have. The rest of my family doesn't like too many eggs, but I like it with the 1 pint 6 egg yolk ratio.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 22, 2010
at 01:37 PM

I'm with you LB. I got downgraded twice and I have no idea how this type of answer can be "wrong". Oh well. I also second the request for the ice cream recipe! Thanks Mari.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7314)

on December 22, 2010
at 04:57 PM

Also, what's with the downvotes? i just upvoted everyone.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7314)

on December 22, 2010
at 07:40 PM

Yup, best tool in my kitchen. The texture isn't very good otherwise.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 23, 2010
at 04:09 AM

THANK YOU! I used to have an ice cream maker. Maybe I'll trade my breadmaker in for a new one.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7314)

on December 23, 2010
at 01:35 PM

No problem. I got it from Peter at Hyperlipid. if you search optimal ice cream it should come up. You can also add a splash or two of water if it's too thick. The raw heavy cream I get (as compared to the store kind) is riduculously thick, its a pudding consistency, so I do this sometimes. Enjoy :)

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Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on December 21, 2010
at 05:52 PM

im doing ok- we had a couple of family xmas parties; at the first (my-inlaws) most of the food was totally inedible anyway due to them being the worst cooks on earth. i stuck to some turkey and salad. i did have some gravy on my turkey though since it had been in the oven about two hours too long, and i know there was sugar in the home made dressing on the salad. dessert killed me though.

at the other family party (my family- much healthier eaters in general), there was a beautiful huge raw bar, so i parked myself next to that instead of by the cheese and crackers and did great. i was so busy managing my 3 and 1 year olds at dinner that i didnt get much time to stress, and just ate some of the carrots and chicken, leaving behind the risotto. due to the antics of afore mentioned kiddos, we left before dessert.

last night was our neighborhood tradition of "recession pizza night"- i got myself a salad with grilled chicken first so only ended up eating one piece of pizza and i made xmas cookies with my daughter and only ate one of those. xmas eve we are doing the traditional post-church chinese food thing, so im planning on doing some research before i hit the restaurant. then, im cooking xmas day brunch so its totally paleo (poached eggs with hollandaise sauce and roasted asparagus, smoked wild salmon with red onions, cream cheese and capers).

BUT, then we are off to the in-laws again where everything they eat comes out of a package and they dont eat any vegetables. NO vegetables and im not exaggerating- not a single one. EVER. and my diabetic mother in law makes a box of brownies every night. i hated eating up there even before i was paleo, so im kind of dreading it. they wont let my husband and i cook, and we have begged. im not really looking forward to navigating that cluster F. we have taled to them so much about their diet, and not in a preachy way, but they are both in VERY poor health. my mother in law eats a bowl of raisin bran and skim milk every morning and thinks she is being healthy (she is type II diabetic, not insulin dependent yet, hypertension, very high LDL, morbidly obese and can barely walk- cant get up the stairs in her house without a struggle. shes 63). its really quite frustrating. when i bring my own food for my family they throw a fit and accuse us of being passive aggressive, ungrateful, sanctimonious, etc. i ahve multiple sclerosis and have been in total remission with clean MRIs since going paleo, and ive told them that my diet is not just a hobby- its keeping me (literally) moving and im going to do anything i can to keep it that way.

anyway, this has turned into more of a vent and i dont mean to hijack- i just struggle with this every year, but especially this year.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 21, 2010
at 07:36 PM

Well, mine just agrees with me and then does whatever she wants. It's crazy!! Good luck over the holidays. Don't let the bad food get you down! :)

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 21, 2010
at 06:52 PM

Do we have the same MIL? (Borderline diabetic, high blood pressure, glaucoma and high cholesterol) Mine insists that Crispix is healthy. I keep trying to tell her it's Frosted Flakes in a different shape! My problem is that she is my main caregiver for my daughter, so it creates even more fun issues.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on December 21, 2010
at 06:58 PM

oh no, that must be such a struggle. i cant stand it when my ILs feed my kids on their own- it usually means cheese sticks and applesauce that contains HFCS at EVERY meal. they do live three hours away, so that helps keep the arguments to a minimum for us. there is so much emotion tied up with food, and with the holidays on top of it, that it seems like its never a rational discussion.

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C0fcb48d7da4f76fac17318efd2cd6b8

on December 22, 2010
at 02:45 AM

Um, I'm kinda looking at baking-porn a lot. And in particular, trying not to be too disturbed by the fact that I keep looking at all these pictures of cookies. And reading cookie recipes. And lingering near magazines at the store that have pictures of Christmas cookies on the cover. And trying to figure out how many of the cookie recipes I can convert to Paleo cookie recipes (almost none as far as I can figure). BUT- ( and here's the kind of strong but sicko part) I HAVE NOT EATEN A SINGLE COOKIE, BECAUSE I AM A TRUE COOKIE-HOLIC, and even one cookie will shove me to the bottom of the slippery cookie slope.

So not gonna do it. Not gonna eat a single cookie this Christmas. Paleo has been too good to me.

BUT I CAN'T QUIT YOU COOKIES. At least not pictures of you.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 22, 2010
at 02:50 AM

Oooh, I just bought my sister the Martha Steward COOKIES cookbook for Christmas. Tons of cookie-porn!

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on December 21, 2010
at 02:05 PM

Coming from a binge eating background, that was usually triggered by stress, I AM DOING PHENOMENAL. No binges. I have full faith in my ability to avoid them now, which is new for me. I've sampled a Christmas cookie or two (but managed not to eat a dozen!). I ate completely Paleo at my company's annual award ceremony. I kind of pick and choose my battles. I used to eat something "bad" and let it roll into a bad day, then a bad weekend, then a bad month. Now, I am much better at keeping the cheats to sporadic and not letting them affect me emotionally. I usually try and make it out of December maintaining my weight. It's much less stressful for me than trying to be perfect.

I do plan on trying to go completely gluten/dairy free in January to see if it makes a difference. I have always been the type that if something was worth doing - it was worth doing RIGHT NOW, but I had to also be honest with myself that December was just not the right time to try something like that. Not if I wanted to be a part of my family traditions without causing more stress for myself. So, January it is!

A727956fa3f943057c4edb08ad9e864e

(4183)

on December 21, 2010
at 09:24 PM

You are so right about letting one slip up turn into a 'bad day' type free-for-all. It's hard to get rid of an all-or-nothing attitude isn't it? Well done!

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Ef9f83cb4e1826261a44c173f733789e

on December 21, 2010
at 01:39 PM

I didn't do too well at Thanksgiving. I had to give myself a B-.

My family has three Christmas dinners coming up this weekend. I'll eat very little this week and try focus on meat and veggies over the weekend. I'm making a roasted veggie medley. My family knows I'm loosing weight and won't push anything on me, so I am my own worst enemy.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 21, 2010
at 02:06 PM

I have always been my own worst enemy, but also my biggest supporter. Depends which voice is talking to me. ;) A B- isn't failing, so I think that's awesome. Shoot for a B+ over Christmas and I think that's acceptable!

1
8ce2e69af79dcb1488f776efc1c54052

on December 21, 2010
at 12:33 PM

Things are going great. We just had some people over for dinner and served them a paleo meal and we made paleo-ish treats( coconut/ dark chocolate macaroons) and a pear cobbler with almond crust for dessert. While the cobbler and treats are not normally on our diet..we stayed away from grains and refined sugar so I feel good about it.

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on December 21, 2010
at 11:29 AM

I think if you have a level head about you and can get back on the diet after the holidays, then just enjoy the Xmas parties and dinner with family and friends. The problem comes with the food forward issue of the more junk you eat the more you crave it.

I've been treating myself here and there, but I don't eat every Xmas cookie that comes across my face! I try to stick to the homemade stuff then the store bought, especially things like eggnog.

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07c86972a3bea0b0dc17752e9d2f5642

on December 22, 2010
at 05:39 AM

I'm working through the holidays 3,000 miles away from my family, so I only have myself to contend with! But I won't go overboard. I went to a gluten free bakery and got a small raspberry almond streusel muffin (it's pretty much cake) to have Christmas morning with my sausages. I used to be a real muffin fiend, but I haven't had one in over a year, so I'm pretty happy about it.

As far as gifts from friends and co-workers, I just bring them home and let the roomies take care of them. Although today I received a whole pumpkin pie and as I was walking to the train station after work I saw group of deer so I decided to see if they would eat it. It turns out deer are afraid of pumpkin pie...or maybe they're afraid of crazy humans who toss pies in their general direction. In any case, I know the squirrels will be happy when they discover the aftermath of my experiment tomorrow...

03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

(2007)

on December 22, 2010
at 11:40 PM

lol @ deer. I tend to take paleo inedibles to my choir practices for them to eat.

D10ca8d11301c2f4993ac2279ce4b930

(5242)

on December 22, 2010
at 06:07 PM

Roomates can be so helpful.

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on December 22, 2010
at 03:01 AM

I did these. They should be better than the SAD stuff laying around.

http://readgrice.wordpress.com/2010/12/19/fall-off-the-wagon-gracefully/

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(2206)

on December 22, 2010
at 01:33 AM

My mother cut out sugar and artificial sweeteners a couple of years ago so sweets aren't really an issue at my family holiday parties. The biggest problem now is dealing with how sanctimonious and preachy she is about it all of the time. Now that I am paleo she drags me into it, too, like we are on some sort of team that is against the rest of the world. I would rather just say "oh, no thanks" when someone offers me anything I don't want and leave it up to them to ask me questions about my choices if they are interested. In my opinion the holidays are not the time to lay guilt trips on family members or other loved ones. I'm am ecstatic that she has made positive health choices because she had a lot of issues (GERD, arthritis, kidney stones, binge eating) that have seen some major improvements and wish she would go further with it (she is still totally into low-fat whole grain eating), but I wish she would stop using it and me to try and guilt my siblings into putting down fudge or ice cream while they are in the middle of enjoying them.

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C61399790c6531a0af344ab0c40048f1

on December 21, 2010
at 10:20 PM

My biggest downfall at this time of the year is chocolate - everyone keeps waving it under my nose. I don't have a weight problem and I don't normally 'cheat' so I'm just giving in now and again and promising myself a 30 day 100% paleo in January. I will also indulge in my mother's Christmas pudding on Christmas day but there is so much fruit and booze in that there's no room for any flour!! Apart from that I will continue to avoid all grains. I think the point is when you do eat something 'bad' you do it consciously and with a regard for the consequences. Also these little indulgences now and again can be appreciated more than if I was just stuffing down chocolate and cake all the time.

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531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

on December 21, 2010
at 09:04 PM

I guess I'll find out this afternoon. Going to my first social event of the season (I'm a recluse). Soda water, anyone?

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 21, 2010
at 09:11 PM

Good luck! Don't miss out on all the fun, though. Just choose wisely!

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