Happy Thanksgiving beauties! I adore thanksgiving. I think it’s my favourite holiday. I love the time of year, the family grating together and the traditional meal. I also love that it’s not gift giving event or any celebration of one specific thing. It’s so peaceful.
I took an extra long weekend so I could really enjoy it this year and boy did I ever. I spent time with so many of my favourites. Friends, family & fur babies. Got my hair cut, took Penelope to the vet for her teeth cleaning which ended up being much cheaper than frost quoted – score! lol. I got to enjoy a few solid workouts along with a few tips on my deadlift form and some me time at some of my favourite shopping spots including a trip to Whole Foods and Cricket & Co- my fave pet store, both always fun. Movies with my hubby, family time and nephew cuddling and amazing food. Oh plus amazing weather. So good.
This time last year I was really suffering both my health. I felt so awful on thanksgiving and had such a terrible food reaction. I’m really thankful that I’m coming out of this expiceriece. I feel like I’m getting better every day. My CT scan came back clear which is such a relief and now I have one more assessment to make sure things are ok structurally within my abdomen. I’ll write a separate post with my latest update on this parasite journey but all in all I think I’m on the mend.
I’m still following an autoimmune protocol diet pretty closely so the food choices I’m making are pretty specific. Also, even though I’m not preparing for competition but am still in a fat loss phase for a another little bit so calories are lower. Shortly though, I’ll go in another direction with my reverse diet to come out of eating in a deficit. This means eating more! Hooray! lol
As much as I wanted to get on that stage before baby making time, it just isn’t realistic with all of the gut trouble I’m having. Health always comes first and once that’s in place you need to think about priorities. At this point I will not put off starting a family for a show. Competing is a hobby for me and that’s the way I like it! 🙂
So on to food, I picked up a whole turkey this weekend so that was part of meal prep. I roasted the whole thing and will use the white meat for my lunchtime protein this week. My hubby loves the dark meat (such a good team 😉 ) and the bones made a beautiful broth. Turkey re really easy to cook, you roast them the same way you would a chicken. The length of time depends on their size. Mine took about 3 hours. You can just leave it in there. You can actually roast everything at once all on 350. Easiest thing.
Protein sources for the week include:
- Roast Turkey
- Salmon ( same as the last week one I posted, lemon dill)
- Apple Cranberry Chicken Breakfast Sausages (recipe here)
- Genuine Health Fermented Protein and/or Collagen Protein
- Delicata Squash – Roasted with cinnamon + sage to go with the breakfast sausges
- Heirloom carrots – Roasted with sea salt and sage/parsley
- Sweet potatoes – roasted with sea salt
- Beets – Three ways, Raw sliced, raw spiralized and roasted
- Gingered Tigernut + Apricot Coconut granola (new recipe I’m testing!)
- Fruit – Apples, pears, cherries and apricots, banana too (fresh, dried or frozen)
Fats (they generally come from my meats, oils and treats)
- Coconut milk Ice cream
- Chocolate/ Cacao
- Coconut butter and coconut flakes
- Oils (Coconut, Omega, Olive and any other)
Other than that I boiled some eggs, made some bacon and prepped salad stuff. I also assembled one salad for tomorrow. The others I do when I made my evening one each day.
I hope all had a wonderful weekend and very Happy Thanksgiving!