It's beginning to look a little like Christmas ( 😉 ) and I don't know about you but I have the turkey on order and am sparing a thought or two as to what we'll be eating alongside. I'm also wandering down Memory Lane in this month's post for Mickey and Angie, remembering how I used to help my best friend at her family's New Year's Day party when I was young, where we served the guests Eggnog. My recipe removes the alcohol, eggs, cream, nutmeg and sugar (well, everything really) associated with this festive drink but finds AIP substitutes instead. It's even better in my humble opinion and what's more your gut is going to agree!
I have to tell you about a spontaneous night out I had recently with a friend, where we hit the local infrared sauna. I haven't had a sauna in years, not since I threw cold water onto coals and almost passed out with the searing heat - enough to put me off for a very long time! The infrared version from this place was amazing, highly recommended if you're anywhere near Vancouver and it is the perfect way to have a girlie chat whilst ridding toxins at the same time! Then, red faced and newly showered, we travelled all of three shop fronts up the road to Mission, who my friend had previously warned about our crazy diet and been told it wasn't a problem. Unfortunately our arrival coincided with about twenty excited ladies who sat down at a long table just feet away from us and proceeded to raise the roof with their chatter. This made it pretty hard to hear our server and in retrospect I think she had the same issue with us. As a result we ended up with an unplanned potato reintro (normally I would send it back but this time didn't fancy ruining a perfect evening or delaying starvation yet further). Three little purple jobs nestled amongst the sweet potatoes I had actually asked for, the first in 18 months. But I survived it, people, the last time I ate them I had gut pains before I'd finished the plate but this time we're in the clear. Good things!
There are more good things this month -
• Christina Feindel's brand spanking new e-book The Ultimate Health Journal (also available in print). I am seriously excited about this publication which is aimed at taking control of your health and tracking your achievements along the way. Definitely one for the Christmas Wish List!
• If you are new to the AIP or in need of a little help or support, you should check out Angie's SAD to AIP in Six. Nearly 800 AIPers have fledged Angie's course on their road to better health so she's obviously doing good stuff. If you bought the Autoimmune Wellness Bundle over the weekend look for your coupon.
• Then there's Dora's beautiful brand new e-book titled ... wait for it ... The Little Cookbook of Gluten-free Waffles. Sweet and savoury, there are gorgeous recipes that I just know you and your family will love. And we're not just talking breakfast! This is also in the Bundle.
• I was sent a copy of Healing Autoimmune Disease by Sandra Cabot MD because she kindly mentioned my blog as a resource and I'm really enjoying the read. I love that it's a small paperback size that can easily be popped into the handbag for easy and speedy reference.
So have a great week everyone and in the meantime you can find today's recipe over here at autoimmune-paleo. Happy December!