Since I had to make dramatic changes to my diet years ago I am feeling healthier, and so I know how people feel that are living on special diets during the holidays. Today’s article is going to be focusing on gluten free dairy free turkey recipes for the Thanksgiving holiday, and if this interests you please leave a comment telling me so.
When Food Is Making You Sick
One of the biggest challenges in my life was to change my diet, and even though I was eating healthy the majority of the time, I was still feeling extremely ill. When the food you are putting into your body is known to be healthy, you will find it extremely confusing why you are feeling so bad? So all my life I was experiencing low energy and digestive problems, but everything I read and my doctor told me I was doing. When your food is making you sick what can you do, and what turned my life around was going on an elimination diet.
My Basic Diet Plan
Today I thought possibly sharing my own basic diet plan just might help some of you, and I will admit at first this is very difficult for most of us to do. You are going to experience cravings for those foods that are making you sick, but if you hang in there for approximately a few weeks your cravings will become less and less of a problem for you. So let us look at my own basic diet plan, and you are going to find this includes the foods that are naturally gluten and dairy-free.
- The main ingredient in all my meals is meat, and if you have any autoimmune diseases as I do, you want to focus more on the natural grass-fed meats as much as possible.
- Turkey and chicken are your best choices for high-protein, and they are much easier on your pocketbook as well. You will find grass-fed beef is quite an expensive investment for a family, but turkey and chicken are affordable for the majority of families.
- Other protein choices are eggs, fish, pork as other good sources as long as you are not allergic to eggs which is a possibility you need to be aware of.
With food allergies and intolerances you also need to be careful with any of your processed foods and reading food labels is a must to be sure you are not accidentally putting gluten or dairy into your body. now that you understand protein better, let us see what else is included in my basic diet plan.
Time To Listen To Your Mama
The next food group you want to be eating are your veggies, I guess mothers do know best since almost all of them tell their children to eat your vegetables. Lucky for me, I don’t mind eating the majority of them, but I must admit, if I was not adding creative recipes to make them tastier, I would have trouble eating them regularly.
- Salads are my main way to get both my protein and vegetables during the warm summer months, I usually use turkey or chicken most often, but I have also added pork as well.
- I find preparing them in soups and stews in the winter months in my slow cooker works the best, I can just throw some mixed vegetables with some form of protein and let my slow cooker do its thing.
- You might find this odd, but the frozen mixed vegetables are healthier for you than the fresh ones I have read. It is not only healthier but also a time-saver plus saves you money all at the same time.
- If you have an autoimmune disease you might find some vegetables are not good choices as well, I am not able to eat regular potatoes, peppers of any kind, and also tomatoes, and eggplant. So this is where the elimination diet test comes in handy, you can find out if any of these might be triggers for your own symptoms.
Now you are starting I hope to get the idea of my own basic diet plan, so next, we will look to see what else you can eat that is gluten and dairy-free.
My Next Food Group In My Basic Diet Plan
If you love fruit as much as I do this food group is naturally another good choice, you still need to read the food labels if you are buying vegetables and fruit in packages or cans. Your best choices again are frozen or fresh, but canned is a good choice as long as you read the labels to be sure they are safe.
- Fruit salads are one of my favorite ways to eat a variety of this food group, and another easy way is to add them to your gluten-free oatmeal or cereal. These are easy to eat on the go and make great healthy snacks, and as long as you read the labels you know they are a good choice.
- You also are able to freeze your favorite fruit when in season, so you can’t go wrong with adding this to your basic diet plan.
- Even most people with autoimmune disease are able to eat fruit, but some people might need to watch out for citrus. Some folks experience problems with the acid, so this is just something to consider when eating your favorite fruit.
This is my basic meal plan that I can be sure to experience no symptoms, and by searching for gluten free dairy free turkey recipes you can have a nice Thanksgiving without feeling like you are giving up your holiday meal.
What About Snacks
Snacks are an important part of every diet plan, and many of you might find it a challenge to find snacks that fit into your new diet plan? So let us look at some that are good choices next, and remember again you must read the labels to be sure they are safe.
- Nuts and seeds are good choices as long as you don’t have an allergy or intolerance to them, and these are very high-risk for people with certain autoimmune diseases. You will usually know within 20-30 minutes after eating these if they are not a good choice for you, but if you take the elimination test you will know for sure.
- Popcorn is another good choice, but you will have to go without butter. I can tell you from my own experience popcorn without butter tastes very much like you are eating cardboard, so you might not be satisfied with this for a tasty snack.
- Fruit of any kind in any form is a great choice, and again I love to make smoothies for my healthy snacks.
- Vegetables are a good choice if you are someone who can snack on them and enjoy them, but for many of us, they just don’t satisfy our cravings.
Those are the natural snack choices for you to consider, so now I am going to go a step farther by sharing some processed snacks you are able to have. Remember these processed products should always be eaten in moderation, so feel free to check out what your best choices are in the next paragraph.
Recommended Processed Snack Options
Even I eat many of these from time to time in moderation, and the reason I do this is I am very sensitive to grains. I even find eating gluten-free grains a problem for me, but this could possibly be from my autoimmune disease?
- Bunny Fruit
- Dark Chocolate with Almonds Endangered Species
- Crunch Dried Snacks
So these are the favorites that I have from time to time, so you can check this out next time you are out shopping for your snacks. Read the ingredients carefully before you purchase them, I have found you just never know when a brand might change their ingredients. Be patient or skip ahead if you are getting anxious for the gluten free dairy free turkey recipes, I promise they are not so far away now.
A Simple Prayer of Thanks
Dear God, on this Thanksgiving Day I want to pause and thank you for the blessings surrounding me. For another day, for family, friends, for food on the table. You are the source of all good things and praise you for the simple things that bring us joy. Help us keep our eyes on your this day and every day so our lives may be filled with praise and joy.
A Prayer for Gratitude and Thanksgiving
Thank you for your amazing power and work in our lives, thank you for your goodness and for your blessings over us. Thank you that you are able to bring hope through even the toughest of times, strengthening us for your purposes. Thank you for your great love and care. Thank you for your mercy and grace. Thank you that you are always with us and will never leave us. Thank you for your incredible sacrifice so that we might have freedom and life. Forgive us for when we don’t thank you enough, for who you are, for all that you do, for all that you’ve given. Help us to set our eyes and our hearts on you afresh. Renew our spirits, fill us with your peace and joy. We love you and we need you, this day and every day. We give you praise and thanks, for You alone are worthy! In Jesus’ Name,
Amen. ~ Debbie McDaniel
Gluten Free Dairy Free Turkey Recipes
I never used to really not be a big fan of turkey, I would eat very little even on Thanksgiving. Since I had to change my diet to be healthier, I have found by using the recipes I have found online this meat source I don’t mind now. The reason I was never big on this meat was it always seemed so dry to me, but when you mix it with vegetables and other ingredients that is the solution to the problem. You can purchase ground turkey for much less than ground beef, so this is a good option for those of you trying to save money on your grocery bill. Now let us see what I have to share for you in the way of recipes, and I thank you for visiting Free Family Solutions.
- Turkey Meatloaf
- Turkey Rice Burgers
- Gluten-Free Gravy Recipe
- Stuffing Gluten-Free
- Mexican Lasagna
- Sausage Recipe
- Creamy Turkey Risotto
You can use the link I am providing here to watch these videos for these and more recipes, I have learned over the years it is easier for me to understand the recipes more by watching them. So I hope this will be something you enjoy and is helpful for you as it has been for me?
Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Cookbooks
I have not forgotten those of you who learn the best with cookbooks, so you can check out some of the best cookbooks recommended below.
Here are some good resources to shop for cookbooks if this works better for you, I also have printed recipes online and started saving them in a three bind notebook. So this is another option you can go with that will save you money, and providing you solutions to your problems is what Free Family Solutions is all about.
Thank you again for reading Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Turkey Recipes, and feel free to leave a comment if you have anything to say.