Our First GAPS Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians! I hope you have all been able to spend time with people you love and be thankful for all that you have been blessed with! Even if your current circumstances don't give you much to be thankful for right now, having a grateful heart is the best way to conquer negativity and bitterness in your life! This year, I decided to do my first Thanksgiving turkey dinner! I am so glad I did! I started out with the simple idea of cooking a turkey and some vegetables and then got creative.

Here's our delicious Thanksgiving menu:

Turkey with Gravy

Bread-Free Pork Stuffing

Carrot Souffle

Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Bacon-Fried Green Beans

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Cranberry Sauce

Pumpkin Pie Pudding

I think it's hard for people to believe that "real" food, especially "GAPS" food, can be so good. Even though I did decide to go more gourmet with our Thanksgiving meal, I think we often get wrapped up in our traditions and our comfort and we forget that we don't need to add a bunch of stuff to our food (or our lives!) in order for it to be meaningful or pleasurable. Simplicity is underrated in our culture. Sometimes the best thing we can do to be truly grateful is to start from the basics.

Doing the GAPS diet has been a great way for us to purge all of that unhealthy and unneeded food from our lives. I don't at all feel deprived; in fact, I feel freed by the pure simplicity of it all. I can indulge without guilt. I have a fridge and a pantry with food that WILL get eaten--I don't have to stare at the packed shelves thinking "I should really use that jar of ----- that's been sitting there for months." And I feel a sense of pride at even the simplest of meals because I know that each one is wholesome, nutritious and made with my own hands.

It's amazing how often we think that change is going to be an unpleasurable and unenjoyable experience, especially when restrictions and limitations are put on us. But in reality, as long as we're willing to adapt and accept those changes, they naturally become our new normal and we find comfort in the new framework of our lives.

So today, I am thankful for simplicity and its ability to bring into focus the things that are really important in life. And as I recall the various flavours of our first GAPS Thanksgiving, I am thankful for the creative gifts God has given me to be able to bless my family with delicious and wholesome food.


This post is part of Fight Back Friday on Food Renegade.