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Meal Plan – Weeks #38 & #39 (Written by Jamie)

Meal Plan Diet Categories: (Gluten-Free, Lactose/Dairy Free, Diabetes Diet, Low Fat/Low Cholesterol, Cardiac Diet, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian)

Meals:  (1) Leftover Thanksgiving turkey breast (2) Smashed Rutabega (3) Peas (1) Chicken, Broccoli, and Rutabega Stew / (2) Ground Turkey Lentil Soup / (3) White Chicken Chili  / (4) Chicken Minestrone Soup / (5) Tuscan White Bean Soup

Snacks:  Chopped Veggies (for dipping) /Herb Dipping Sauce / Egg Whites / Naked Popcorn / Unsalted Pumpkin Seeds

These past two weeks took us from the last days of fall weather into icy snow days, with left-over turkey dinner eats, and a deep dive back into the soup, stew, and chili world.

This was the first holiday meal since last February where Charlie sat down to the table and ate everything that everyone else did. It was a good treat day, that she navigated with extreme caution — with a tummy no longer acclimated to some of those richer kinds of foods. In the end, her “dollips” of mashed potatoes, stuffing, and green bean casserole were much enjoyed, but she was happy as a clam to send those home our way and work her way through the few remaining foods as special left-overs.

Almost having come to the first year of her new eating-for-life journey, Charlie is ready to take a hand at working around and with restaurant menus every now and then as part of her retention plan. You cannot be ridged with the menus forever. They are there to detox, to support you day-to-day, but there have to be moments of joy you allow yourself when you are ready to spread your wings a bit.

Because most of Charlie’s list of no-no foods are not based on major allergic issues, she can have a little lee-way in how she now chooses to work with and around them to a certain extent. However, migraine-triggering foods and timely eating glucose level issues are still on the watch. Because “food” isn’t all that is the health issues she struggles with…stresses (ie focusing on self-care and rest times) and sticking to her eating schedule despite the crazy workloads and daily demands, also heavily plays in her general wellness factor.

…It actually plays into ALL of ours.

Just a little reminder as we tear about to and fro this holiday season from work requirements to present hunting, from carting the kids to every holiday everything to the next travel time prep, and hosting another houseful of people.

…Don’t forget to take care of you too!