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How to eat Paleo at a thanksgiving party, when you're the only one?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 24, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Ok, tomorrow, is thanksgiving in America, and I am the only one who's paleo in my whole family. Last year, and most years before, the options are mainly starches, legumes, and meats with stuff injected into it. There's celery, but the lady puts this weird peanut butter& Jam sauce all over them. There's deviled eggs, too, but i don't want to eat just egg whites and plain celery all day. Help! I'd feel weird just bringing a doggy bag of food for myself.

0511b69b133556de6e7ef12d4ae262bc

(399)

on October 31, 2011
at 06:46 PM

i have to agree here. i dont compromise my principles, but i do have the meat and veggies whether its "perfect paleo" or not.

691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

(3641)

on November 26, 2010
at 05:38 PM

we had turkey and sweet potatoes on the table this year as well as squash. most of the other stuff was gluten free so i indulged in a little 80 / 20. best part is there was a ton of turkey leftover for breakfast this morning

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on November 26, 2010
at 03:40 PM

As long as it's "just a litle" - lol!

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on November 26, 2010
at 03:38 PM

Most starches are not paleo, such as cereal grains, legumes and white potatoes. Sweet potatoes and yams are okay, but usually recommended for the athletic types as glycogen replenishment tools. I personally don't eat brussel sprouts anymore - after I found out how carby they were - but I'm a T2 diabetic. I think Sisson's 100-150g of carbs/day is fine - as long as you are not obese/metabolically damaged/diabetic. Unfortunately, a lot of us are. I look forward to the day when I can have yams from time to time - I have to kill my diabetes first, though.

691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

(3641)

on November 25, 2010
at 10:38 PM

paleo is not a no-carb diet but i think it is in essence a low-carb diet. maybe some people opt not to be super low carb, but most of the diets designers will tell you to shy away from excessive carbs.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on November 25, 2010
at 04:07 AM

I typically go ahead and eat as I please of all meats and veggies. Yes, they may have a few molecules of not perfect paleo on it, but I don't worry about it at special occasions. Then maybe a small helping of the most tasty desert, but only if something is homemade and really looks worth it. I'm not breaking my paleo plan for some 2 bit store bought high fructose corn syrup slop! ;-P

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on November 25, 2010
at 04:02 AM

A lot of paleo people were in it partially to lose weight, probably because that is such a huge health issue in general for so many people. For those people, including the sugar addicted, eating a bunch of sugar and starch can reignite cravings that are more dangerous than just the few bites of sugar that originally brought them on. So I think that is why many paleo eaters cast a very leery eye on starches in general.

B28d069e6a3b5b6ef68776db4ed8ef64

(505)

on November 25, 2010
at 12:55 AM

I agree - taking food is a great idea. I've always thought I had the weirdest family in the world, but apparently they're pretty great too. When I asked my mother what she was planning to cook for Thanksgiving her first question was "what can you eat?" Since mom's not Paleo savvy she said, "The meat won't have anything in it you can't eat and you can bring any sides you want." So I'm taking food, but it's not just for me. I'm making three dishes and appetizers and that way anyone can have some. Everybody wins!

8287c6ddae0d78eae0a09fdd5999617c

(2581)

on November 25, 2010
at 12:06 AM

A number of paleo dieters are low-carb. maybe because both diets avoid grains. but like you said, starchy tubers are paleo. Not that surprising. if you look at vegans, a lot of them support only a low-fat diet. but the truth is veganism can also be a high fat diet.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on November 24, 2010
at 06:57 PM

Depends on how strong your paleo is. (My kung fu is very strong!). For some, the mashed potatoes and a little punkin' pie (worse yet, pecan) can lead to a massive binge fest that will last well into the new year! But enough about me...

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on November 24, 2010
at 06:52 PM

Last year we went to my sister's in New York (6 hour drive). I brought mashed cauliflower and a pumpkin cheesecake with a nut crust. Everybody loved it and I wasn't at all deprived. Giblet gravy can be made without flour. Olives are a good snack. And potatoes aren't that bad for you (unless you are diabetic).

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on November 24, 2010
at 06:31 PM

My family is extremely proud of me for getting healthy. They may not always agree with my eating choices, but they respect them. They would never be offended by my bringing my own food. I think everyone's family situation is different.

30fd031cc07a0d7dee7f1cad57f48a0c

(443)

on November 24, 2010
at 06:27 PM

whats wrong with the deviled eggs....the quality of the mayo (fat) is probably less then desirable...but they should be good to go.

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

(6235)

on November 24, 2010
at 06:15 PM

I think this is one of those family dependent things, my family shows love by cooking for each other so bringing something is seen as very sweet. I do agree with eating as much as you can and not being terribly fussy.

F5cce39a983b6074040592c00ec444d0

(270)

on November 24, 2010
at 06:06 PM

I think the idea of providing a paleo veggie dish that everyone can eat is a great one. You needn't even tell anyone that it's paleo. You get something you can eat and everyone thinks you're kind and generous, win/win!

11481cbca60d3f3c3893588feaa19cfb

on November 24, 2010
at 05:52 PM

well, I didn't plan on being a asshole, but my family isn't like most. We take the food wherever we want in the house. It's not around a table. Never has been. Thank you so much though.

11481cbca60d3f3c3893588feaa19cfb

on November 24, 2010
at 05:30 PM

Thanks! i didn't even think of a veggie platter!

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on November 24, 2010
at 05:28 PM

I would probably eat the meat, even if it has issues, it's the best thing they will probably have going for you.

Don't feel weird bringing your own food! Or make something that everyone can eat, maybe a paleo/primal squash or sweet potato casserole if you eat those things. Just bringing a veggie platter is easy too. You can pick those up at the grocery store. Be creative. Most of the time, I've found people are impressed that I stick to my eating plan even when surrounded by easier options.

11481cbca60d3f3c3893588feaa19cfb

on November 24, 2010
at 05:30 PM

Thanks! i didn't even think of a veggie platter!

F5cce39a983b6074040592c00ec444d0

(270)

on November 24, 2010
at 06:06 PM

I think the idea of providing a paleo veggie dish that everyone can eat is a great one. You needn't even tell anyone that it's paleo. You get something you can eat and everyone thinks you're kind and generous, win/win!

B28d069e6a3b5b6ef68776db4ed8ef64

(505)

on November 25, 2010
at 12:55 AM

I agree - taking food is a great idea. I've always thought I had the weirdest family in the world, but apparently they're pretty great too. When I asked my mother what she was planning to cook for Thanksgiving her first question was "what can you eat?" Since mom's not Paleo savvy she said, "The meat won't have anything in it you can't eat and you can bring any sides you want." So I'm taking food, but it's not just for me. I'm making three dishes and appetizers and that way anyone can have some. Everybody wins!

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4781cf8ae1bfcb558dfb056af17bea94

(4359)

on November 24, 2010
at 08:51 PM

There's nothing unpaleo about starches. Why is the low-carb nonsense so persistent here?

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on November 25, 2010
at 04:02 AM

A lot of paleo people were in it partially to lose weight, probably because that is such a huge health issue in general for so many people. For those people, including the sugar addicted, eating a bunch of sugar and starch can reignite cravings that are more dangerous than just the few bites of sugar that originally brought them on. So I think that is why many paleo eaters cast a very leery eye on starches in general.

691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

(3641)

on November 25, 2010
at 10:38 PM

paleo is not a no-carb diet but i think it is in essence a low-carb diet. maybe some people opt not to be super low carb, but most of the diets designers will tell you to shy away from excessive carbs.

8287c6ddae0d78eae0a09fdd5999617c

(2581)

on November 25, 2010
at 12:06 AM

A number of paleo dieters are low-carb. maybe because both diets avoid grains. but like you said, starchy tubers are paleo. Not that surprising. if you look at vegans, a lot of them support only a low-fat diet. but the truth is veganism can also be a high fat diet.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on November 26, 2010
at 03:38 PM

Most starches are not paleo, such as cereal grains, legumes and white potatoes. Sweet potatoes and yams are okay, but usually recommended for the athletic types as glycogen replenishment tools. I personally don't eat brussel sprouts anymore - after I found out how carby they were - but I'm a T2 diabetic. I think Sisson's 100-150g of carbs/day is fine - as long as you are not obese/metabolically damaged/diabetic. Unfortunately, a lot of us are. I look forward to the day when I can have yams from time to time - I have to kill my diabetes first, though.

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587538a2db229b2ec884ea04cc3dc75e

(462)

on November 24, 2010
at 05:45 PM

Never bring your own food to a family meal.

If you can't bring yourself to chow down on the bird that someone slaved over, then just eat small amounts of the turkey and the least adulterated vegetables. If everything has sauce on it, then scrape off the sauce. Don't act like you have an eating disorder, don't look disappointed when your aunt brings out pumpkin pie and don't lecture anybody about food. Thanksgiving isn't about what you think it's a good idea to eat, it's about sharing a meal with loved ones.

These are actually more kind of tips for not being a asshole than tips for surviving Thanksgiving.

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

(6235)

on November 24, 2010
at 06:15 PM

I think this is one of those family dependent things, my family shows love by cooking for each other so bringing something is seen as very sweet. I do agree with eating as much as you can and not being terribly fussy.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on November 24, 2010
at 06:31 PM

My family is extremely proud of me for getting healthy. They may not always agree with my eating choices, but they respect them. They would never be offended by my bringing my own food. I think everyone's family situation is different.

11481cbca60d3f3c3893588feaa19cfb

on November 24, 2010
at 05:52 PM

well, I didn't plan on being a asshole, but my family isn't like most. We take the food wherever we want in the house. It's not around a table. Never has been. Thank you so much though.

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Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

(2312)

on November 25, 2010
at 05:32 AM

It's one meal out of 1095/yr (3squares/day). I don't think it would do too much damage to indulge just a little.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on November 26, 2010
at 03:40 PM

As long as it's "just a litle" - lol!

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072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on November 25, 2010
at 03:35 AM

Agree. Bring something you like and everybody can eat. Eat the bird. It will be fine. I agree with the comments about relaxing. I used to get all uptight about the food, and was more than borderline "disorderish" about it. There's no need to completely compromise your diet principles, but don't sweat the small stuff (e.g. a less than perfect bird or veggies) when gathering with others. Appreciate the day, the time with family and all that you surely have to be thankful for.

0511b69b133556de6e7ef12d4ae262bc

(399)

on October 31, 2011
at 06:46 PM

i have to agree here. i dont compromise my principles, but i do have the meat and veggies whether its "perfect paleo" or not.

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Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7304)

on November 24, 2010
at 07:46 PM

i second bringing something. I'm havimng thanksgiving at my house and doing all the cooking except for the turkey

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30fd031cc07a0d7dee7f1cad57f48a0c

(443)

on November 24, 2010
at 06:16 PM

unless you have some serious gut or inflammatory issues. let it go. enjoy thanksgiving and relax. dont get all wrapped up on whats "paleo" and whats not. its not a reenactment. its a lifestyle change towards real foods. if everything else in your life is under control (sleep, diet, exercise) its not a big deal.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on November 24, 2010
at 06:57 PM

Depends on how strong your paleo is. (My kung fu is very strong!). For some, the mashed potatoes and a little punkin' pie (worse yet, pecan) can lead to a massive binge fest that will last well into the new year! But enough about me...

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