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Monday, November 23, 2009

Thanksgiving: A Week-Long Labor of Love--for 19!

Given that Sylvan is open everyday this week except Thursday, this week doesn't really feel like a holiday week.  However, that doesn't mean that I'm not preparing (part) of a holiday feast.  The hubbie and I were graciously invited to a Thanksgiving feast at a local friend's home, and the guest list is up to nineteen!  The hosts could not of course create an entire feast for nineteen, so everyone is bringing a dish or two.  We're bringing a salad and mashed potatoes.  After doing some internet research, this is the shopping list I've come up with:

Winter Salad
Four heads of lettuce
Three green apples
Three red apples
One cup of toasted walnuts (eww!  But, I can pick them out!)
A block of sharp white cheddar cheese

Dressing: 7.5 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 18 tablespoons olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Mashed Potatoes
Eight POUNDS of yukon gold potatoes
Three cups of milk
Two sticks of butter

Yum!!  I tried to keep everything as primal as possible (sneaky little Grok!).  Potatoes aren't really on the list, but they're a better source of carbs than, say, white sandwich bread.  I'm going to leave the skins on (both for the nutrients and so I avoid carpal tunnel from peeling them all), and probably use whole milk and full fat butter.  

The salad is entirely primal, right down to the cheddar cheese, which is allowed.  As long as I avoid the rolls and limit my dessert consumption, Thursday should be a primal feast!   


  1. What exactly do you mean by "eating primally"? I understand the concept of trying not to eat processed food, but is there more to it than that? It seems counterintuitive that whole milk and lots of butter = weight loss!

  2. Visit Mark's Daily Apple (see link above) for more info on primal living. It's basically imitating what people ate 10,000 years ago (low carbs, high protein, fat as an energy source, lots of veggies) and adapting it to today's modern foods (no saber-toothed tiger, but nice, locally-grown, hormone-free beef). There is also a fitness aspect to primal living that concentrates on lots of low-impact activity throughout the week, lifting heavy things, and sprinting every so often.

    Since you're cutting carbs almost entirely out (exceptions: fruits, sweet potatoes, and the like), you're relying on fat as your primary energy source, which allows you to eat fattier things. Whole milk is more nutritive than skim or the "percents" (although I can't stand the taste of it so I drink 2%), and butter is an okay fat (olive oil and nut butters are better, but don't do as well in mashed potatoes).

    Definitely check out the Daily Apple--it's the definitive source of primal living, and can answer your questions much more thoroughly than I can!