All too many times when the holidays rolls around we try to do too much, too fast and it certainly comes back to bite us in the butt. Having a chronic illness already gives us day to day challenges. Instead of jumping in with both feet blazing why not follow these simple tricks to make your life easier. You don’t need to do it all in one day. Approach it gradually. If you can get help from your loved ones then assign a task to everyone where you’re not overwhelmed or bombarded with things that need to be done. Keeping your stress to a minimal is the key. Stop expecting so much from yourself. Adjust your expectations and become more realistic of what your current abilities are. It’s not a downfall. It’s life and how it is for you. Don’t look at it like you’re less of a person. Everyone has their own issues and they might be better at hiding them than you. If you only have the energy for a few hours of activity, don’t push yourself, take your time and accomplish those activities as you can. You have to realize what is worth devoting your time and energy to, and try to stay clear of those things that don’t make the list. Of course, you want your house to be fully decorated with a holiday village, outside decorations, and other things but if you only have energy for a tree then only put up that tree. We seem to forget what really makes the holidays memorable isn’t an impeccably decorated home. It’s spending time with each other, talking and laughing, and sharing wonderfully delicious foods. I prefer to not be curled on the couch in exhaustion and pain the day after and just focus on what’s really important. With these simple tricks from my book, Hypothyroidism Holiday RECIPE Guidebook: Surviving the Season, you can learn how to prepare slowly, always listen to your body, enjoy each moment and stay stress free.
It’s easier than you think to prepare a lavish holiday dinner with the main attraction being you; A gorgeous hypothyroidism ass kicker. Delectable side dishes and mouthwatering desserts will help you be the life of the party while feeding your friends and family this extraordinary Holiday dinner.
2-3 weeks before Thanksgiving or Christmas day
Plan the guest list
Ask guests if they have any dietary restrictions
Try to collect RSVPs
Decorate with seasonal décor
Plan your menu
Assign a dish or beverage to each guest this way everyone shares in the day
Write your grocery list
Make sure you have the necessary kitchen tools
-Serving platters and utensils
The week before Thanksgiving or Christmas
Prepare the Kitchen
-cleanout the fridge
-dig out what pots, pans or slow cookers you will use
-cleanout coolers for beverages
Prepare the house
-Each day pick a room to clean
-Plan the table seating
-Plan the table settings
Day before Thanksgiving or Christmas
-Bake your pies
-Prepare make-ahead side dishes
-Set the table
Trying to adapt the traditional recipes to your dietary needs can be tough. Who can ever imagine Thanksgiving and Christmas without gluten filled grains? Let this book, Hypothyroidism Holiday RECIPE Guidebook: Surviving the Season, be your resource to fabulous hypothyroidism traditional holiday recipes. Finally a Holiday cookbook that will have you sincerely appreciating all the hard work that I put into creating it. This cookbook not only has recipes that caters to your hypothyroidism but the recipes are extremely easy to prepare while still being delicious as they promote your health, help you begin to heal, and you’re eating cleaner on top of it all. These recipes can be used year-round not only around the holidays and will be a great addition to your library. I hope you find this Holiday book a godsend to the particularly crazy holiday season. This book includes a good variety of recipes that I know you will find to be delicious, full of flavor, healthy and just perfect for your Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner table. From appetizers to main meals, side dishes and desserts these recipes are just wonderfully delicious. I am not kidding when I tell you that the recipe options in this book are endless and you won’t be disappointed! You will be able to find that perfect recipe in this book that makes your taste buds soar, fits your dietary needs and has your family bragging on your cooking skills. They may even think you secretly took lessons from Gordon Ramsay or Julia Childs.
Menu items can include
-Turkey and Gravy
-Gluten Free Stuffing
-Green bean Casserole
-Gluten free dinner rolls
Here are a few sample recipes
Bacon-Wrapped Butternut Squash
2 lbs. butternut squash, cut into cubes
15 slices of nitrate free, uncured bacon, cut in half
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. paprika
Dash of freshly ground black pepper
In a bowl, place the squash in a bowl and sprinkle with chili powder, garlic powder, paprika, and black pepper. Wrap each piece of squash cube with a bacon slice and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes in a 350 degree oven. After the 20 minutes flip the bites over and bake for another 20 minutes. If you like crunchier bacon turn on your broiler for 2 to 3 minutes, be careful not to burn.
Fried Plums with Caramelized Balsamic Vinegar
10 ripe plums, halved, seeds removed
1 tbsp. coconut oil
1/2 cup macadamia nuts, halved
4 tbsp. caramelized balsamic vinegar
In a cast iron skillet add the coconut oil over low-medium heat and place the plum halves skin side up and fry for 4-5 minutes or until the plums are tender. Divide the plums onto two serving plates with macadamia nuts on top and caramelized balsamic vinegar drizzled around the plums.
Pear Pie with Brazilian Nut Crust
4 Bartlett pears, peeled and diced
1/2 cup dried unsweetened cranberries
1/4 cup raw honey
1 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon, divided
1/4 tsp ground ginger
2/3 cup Brazilian nuts, finely chopped
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, chopped
2 tbsp. Kerry Gold Butter, ghee or coconut oil or non-dairy whipped butter, melted
1/4 tsp Himalayan sea salt or Celtic sea salt
In a bowl, mix your peeled and diced pears along with your cranberries, honey and lemon juice, and sprinkle with one teaspoon of cinnamon and the ginger. Toss well to coat. Place this mixture in a 9-inch pie dish. In another bowl, mix the Brazilian nuts, coconut flakes, butter salt, and the other teaspoon of Ceylon cinnamon. Spoon the topping over the pear mixture. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until lightly browned and bubbling. Allow this to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
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Audrey Childers is a published author, blogger, freelance journalist and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She is also the creator and founder of the website the hypothyroidismchick.com. Where you can find great tips on everyday living with hypothyroidism. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. She is the published author of : A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, Reset your Thyroid, Hypothyroidism Clarity,A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way and Hypothyroidism: The Beginners Guide: How to stop surviving and start thriving. You can find all these books on Amazon. You can also find her actively involved in her Facebook Group : Healing Hypothyroidism. This blog may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.
Always consult your primary health care adviser regarding your condition and additional treatment options. If placed on medication, certain food products should be avoided in the juice fast so as to ensure proper absorption of those medications.
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