Welp, just had my first “Paleo” Thanksgiving. Was pretty awesome.
Navigating Thanksgiving this year was surprisingly easy, thanks to my Martha-Stewart-inspired Aunt who was very excited to show me the menu she had planned that could fit into my Paleo template. I was very grateful for her consideration of my “dietary needs” when she planned the menu, because it meant I got to pig out like I wanted and not worry about the consequences.
I am also pleased to say that this is the first Thanksgiving that I don’t feel like I gained 10 pounds, either because of the healthiness of the food, or maybe due to the fact that I was totally satisfied with one plate of food. Usually I go in for seconds (maybe thirds) but this year I was completely sated with the one plate I made. Another perk of the Paleo diet – not needing as much food to feel full and happy!
I also had one of the most ridiculous Turkey-coma naps, which may or may not have been due to the 4 mile hike I took after dinner, or the size of the Turkey leg I devoured (helloooo Tryptophan). I don’t usually nap since I tend to have pretty high energy, but this nap was pretty glorious, and I think my body needed the rest after running around like a crazy person for the last month or so (thanks grad school.)
All in all, I really enjoyed this weekend, and it’s nice to have my Paleo template guiding me around the dinner table, because there’s nothing better than being able to stuff your face and not having to pay for it the next day.