One of the joys of Paleo AIP living is bringing every freaking thing you plan to eat with you everywhere you go.
But really, despite the generosity of our hosts or the good intentions of anyone who is willing and able to prepare food for me, I’m always pretty much afraid to eat what someone else has made for me because no one will suffer the consequences of a mistake but me (a dash of flour on a pan that wasn’t fully washed here, “just a touch” of some spice packet that may or may not have maltodextrin or gluten there). I just can’t be sure unless I know they’re as careful as I am, and I haven’t met that person yet.
But anyway, enough of a pity party. This injustice is more than made up for by the fact that everyone we visit and share meals with is so graceful and understanding. I’ve heard some horror stories about people not accepting a new diet or being super-offended when someone brings their own food, so it makes me five times more appreciative for the generous and loving family and friends we have that they don’t even blink when I pop out my tupperware and start munching — thank you guys!
We get by by bringing food for ourselves in a fun cooler and including some kind of treat we can look forward to. To that end, here’s what we packed for Thanksgiving this year:
Orange Cranberry Sauce from Cook Eat Paleo
Garlic & Artichoke Stuffed Chicken Breast from Popular Paleo
Cinnamon Plantain Chips (Storebought)
Vermont Real Jerky Sticks (Storebought)
GF/DF Pumpkin Pie from Wellness Mama
Egg Nog Tarts from Hail Merry (Storebought, unfortunately not online because they’re DELICIOUS — we get them at a local grocer)