Rosemary and Sage Roast Turkey

Rosemary and Sage Roast Turkey Recipe

Less than one week until Christmas!! If you’re still looking for a turkey recipe for the big day, try our Rosemary and Sage Roast Turkey. This recipe is taken from our Healed by Bacon Autoimmune Protocol Friendly Christmas Menu eBook.

AIP low fodmap gluten free sugar free christmas

We used to ask each of our guests to bring a dish to our Christmas lunch – sounds like a good plan in theory, less cooking, less cleaning up and save on money…turns out the plan is only good in theory.

One of our guests, Aunty Jane, liked to bring a “meat” dish to our Christmas dinner. Problem is, no one could ever tell what meat it actually was. In fact, one year another guest mentioned to Aunty Jane that she had slightly overcooked the pork she brought – that it was a bit tough and dry (and trust us, this guest was being very generous with ‘a bit’ tough and dry. Think chewing on a rubber boot and the dry feeling you get if you were to eat a spoon of coconut flour by itself). Looking confused, Aunty Jane replied with “Oh, I didn’t bring pork, I brought Turkey”. And from then on, (1) any meat dish Aunty Jane ever brought was just called “Mixed Miscellaneous Meat”, and (2) we started to cook the meat for Christmas dinner.

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Christmas Menu

AIP low fodmap gluten free sugar free christmas

Christmas is our favourite time of year – spending time with family, baking, decorating and of course eating! So whilst Christmas is a time to celebrate and enjoy ourselves, we don’t really have the option to gorge on gluten based nibbles and sugar-laden dessert – because feeling bloated or constantly running in-and-out of the toilet isn’t a fun way to enjoy an office Christmas party or even the big event itself! Not to mention constantly trying to explain to everyone why you’re not eating certain dishes on the menu (and the story about your diet probably bores them more than Uncle Fred’s stories about which roads his friend’s brother’s cousin uses to get to work in the mornings…ah families at Christmas).

Because we still want to be able to enjoy Christmas, we have written the Healed by Bacon AIP Friendly Christmas Menu eBook. All of the recipes in our eBook are designed to help you still eat the foods that remind you of Christmas, but won’t cause reactions or inflammation. Every recipe is AIP friendly, low FODMAP, gluten free, low sugar and low carb.

The Healed by Bacon AIP Friendly Christmas Menu also contains only recipes that are quick and easy to cook – because we know how time poor you can be during the silly season. A number of the recipes, such as the pumpkin spiced Christmas pudding and the whipped coconut cream can be made ahead, leaving you more time to entertain your guests…or they can be made on the day in order to avoid your guests!

As a gift for supporting the Healed by Bacon blog, we are giving away the AIP Friendly Christmas Menu eBook to our followers. If you haven’t received your copy yet, send us an email. If you don’t follow Healed by Bacon but will still like a copy, send us an email with the subject line Christmas!!! and we reply with the pricing information.

We hope that the Healed by Bacon AIP Friendly Christmas Menu will help take some of the stress out of this time of year and let you enjoy Christmas!

anti inflammatory healthy christmas menu

 

Relax with this one easy exercise

Deep-Breath-Relax

It’s that time of year again – Christmas! And while it can be a magical time of year filled with excitement, family and anticipation for what Santa might bring, it can also be a time of stress.

It’s less than a month until Christmas; how are you feeling? Do you feel like you’re running out of time? You still haven’t organised the dinner menu for the big day? You haven’t had a chance to buy everyone’s gifts yet? Has your ‘favourite’ (cue sarcasm) uncle just told you his extended family will also be coming to yours for lunch? Do you just feel like there is no time for you?

Did you know, stress has been linked to a myriad of health issues, including insomnia, depression, high blood pressure and mild cognitive impairment (MCI – a precursor to Alzheimer’s)?

Unfortunately, our typical way of relaxing (e.g. zoning out in front of the TV or tucking into a big bowl of comfort food – pasta, chocolate or ice-cream? or maybe all three anyone?) is doing little to reduce the damaging effects of stress.

What really helps – and only needs to take 5 mins – are deep breathing exercises. And bonus: it’s free and can be done anywhere, anytime!

Deep breathing increases the supply of oxygen to your brain and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, promoting a state of calmness. Breathing techniques help you feel connected to your body—bringing your awareness away from the worries in your head, quieting your mind and letting you focus on the now.

So how do you relax through deep breathing?

Visualisation combined with deep breathing is a powerful tool to halt stress in its track. You can do this exercise anywhere, but we really like to do it laying down (and, maybe a little bit over the top, but with our feet facing in the direction of a window or door – read on to see why). release stress breathing

(1) To start, imagine all of the tension in your shoulders floating away.

(2) Now imagine two holes in the soles – one in each.

(3) Take a deep breath. As you do so, visualize hot air flowing through these holes moving slowly up your legs, through your abdomen and filling your lungs.

(4) As the hot air moves through your body, relax each muscle it ‘touches’ (e.g. as you visual the air moving up through your shins, visualise your calf muscles relaxing).

(5) Now, as you exhale, reverse the flow of the hot hair – you should be visualising the hot air moving down through your body and exiting (taking with it the tension in your body) the holes in the soles of your feet (and, if like us, you have your feet facing a window or door, you can take it a step further and imagine the tension and stress flowing out of the window or door).

The best part about this exercise is that you can do it anytime you feel like you need to relax and calm down…even in the middle of that shopping mall as you rush around buying last minute gifts (because, let’s face it, everyone else is too stressed also trying to buy those last minute gifts that they won’t even notice).

 

 

Rosemary and Sage Roast Turkey

Rosemary and Sage Roast Turkey Recipe

This recipe is taken from our Healed by Bacon Autoimmune Protocol Friendly Christmas Menu eBook.

AIP low fodmap gluten free sugar free christmas

We used to ask each of our guests to bring a dish to our Christmas lunch – sounds like a good plan in theory, less cooking, less cleaning up and save on money…turns out the plan is only good in theory.

One of our guests, Aunty Jane, liked to bring a “meat” dish to our Christmas dinner. Problem is, no one could ever tell what meat it actually was. In fact, one year another guest mentioned to Aunty Jane that she had slightly overcooked the pork she brought – that it was a bit tough and dry (and trust us, this guest was being very generous with ‘a bit’ tough and dry. Think chewing on a rubber boot and the dry feeling you get if you were to eat a spoon of coconut flour by itself). Looking confused, Aunty Jane replied with “Oh, I didn’t bring pork, I brought Turkey”. And from then on, (1) any meat dish Aunty Jane ever brought was just called “Mixed Miscellaneous Meat”, and (2) we started to cook the meat for Christmas dinner.

Continue reading

Relax with this one easy exercise

Deep-Breath-Relax

It’s that time of year again – Christmas! And while it can be a magical time of year filled with excitement, family and anticipation for what Santa might bring, it can also be a time of stress.

It’s less than a week until Christmas; how are you feeling? Do you feel like you’re running out of time? You still haven’t organised the dinner menu for the big day? You haven’t had a chance to buy everyone’s gifts yet? Has your ‘favourite’ (cue sarcasm) uncle just told you his extended family will also be coming to yours for lunch? Do you just feel like there is no time for you?

Did you know, stress has been linked to a myriad of health issues, including insomnia, depression, high blood pressure and mild cognitive impairment (MCI – a precursor to Alzheimer’s)?

Unfortunately, our typical way of relaxing (e.g. zoning out in front of the TV or tucking into a big bowl of comfort food – pasta, chocolate or ice-cream? or maybe all three anyone?) is doing little to reduce the damaging effects of stress.

What really helps – and only needs to take 5 mins – are deep breathing exercises. And bonus: it’s free and can be done anywhere, anytime!

Deep breathing increases the supply of oxygen to your brain and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, promoting a state of calmness. Breathing techniques help you feel connected to your body—bringing your awareness away from the worries in your head, quieting your mind and letting you focus on the now.

So how do you relax through deep breathing?

Visualisation combined with deep breathing is a powerful tool to halt stress in its track. You can do this exercise anywhere, but we really like to do it laying down (and, maybe a little bit over the top, but with our feet facing in the direction of a window or door – read on to see why). release stress breathing

(1) To start, imagine all of the tension in your shoulders floating away.

(2) Now imagine two holes in the soles – one in each.

(3) Take a deep breath. As you do so, visualize hot air flowing through these holes moving slowly up your legs, through your abdomen and filling your lungs.

(4) As the hot air moves through your body, relax each muscle it ‘touches’ (e.g. as you visual the air moving up through your shins, visualise your calf muscles relaxing).

(5) Now, as you exhale, reverse the flow of the hot hair – you should be visualising the hot air moving down through your body and exiting (taking with it the tension in your body) the holes in the soles of your feet (and, if like us, you have your feet facing a window or door, you can take it a step further and imagine the tension and stress flowing out of the window or door).

The best part about this exercise is that you can do it anytime you feel like you need to relax and calm down…even in the middle of that shopping mall as you rush around buying last minute gifts (because, let’s face it, everyone else is too stressed also trying to buy those last minute gifts that they won’t even notice).

 

Thanks for reading. We will be having a break from posting over the Christmas holidays but will be back in the New Year to continue to help you with your health! Merry Christmas – may Santa bring you health, happiness and lots and lots of gifts!

 

AIP Friendly Christmas Pudding

AIP Friendly Christmas Pudding Recipe

We love Christmas pudding, but then again, who doesn’t? The spiced, fruity smell that fills the kitchen as it bakes, the ice-cream melting over the warm pudding when it’s served – pure happiness. But unfortunately, the traditional Christmas pud doesn’t give us sufferers of autoimmune diseases much Christmas cheer when we eat it.

Because our Christmases are about tradition, we couldn’t have a Christmas dinner without a pudding. So we have created this AIP friendly, low-fructose, low carb version…and trust us, it is a tonne more yummy than what it sounds – and your guests won’t even know it is AIP friendly!

AIP friendly xmas pudding

This pudding can be made up to a month in advance and stored in an airtight container in the freezer. Just defrost it the night before and warm it in the oven before serving.

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Christmas Menu

AIP low fodmap gluten free sugar free christmas

Christmas is our favourite time of year – spending time with family, baking, decorating and of course eating! So whilst Christmas is a time to celebrate and enjoy ourselves, we don’t really have the option to gorge on gluten based nibbles and sugar-laden dessert – because feeling bloated or constantly running in-and-out of the toilet isn’t a fun way to enjoy an office Christmas party or even the big event itself! Not to mention constantly trying to explain to everyone why you’re not eating certain dishes on the menu (and the story about your diet probably bores them more than Uncle Fred’s stories about which roads his friend’s brother’s cousin uses to get to work in the mornings…ah families at Christmas).

Because we still want to be able to enjoy Christmas, we have written the Healed by Bacon AIP Friendly Christmas Menu eBook. All of the recipes in our eBook are designed to help you still eat the foods that remind you of Christmas, but won’t cause reactions or inflammation. Every recipe is AIP friendly, low FODMAP, gluten free, low sugar and low carb.

The Healed by Bacon AIP Friendly Christmas Menu also contains only recipes that are quick and easy to cook – because we know how time poor you can be during the silly season. A number of the recipes, such as the pumpkin spiced Christmas pudding and the whipped coconut cream can be made ahead, leaving you more time to entertain your guests…or they can be made on the day in order to avoid your guests!

As a gift for supporting the Healed by Bacon blog, we are giving away the AIP Friendly Christmas Menu eBook to our followers. If you haven’t received your copy yet, send us an email. If you don’t follow Healed by Bacon but will still like a copy, send us an email with the subject line Christmas!!! and we reply with the pricing information.

We hope that the Healed by Bacon AIP Friendly Christmas Menu will help take some of the stress out of this time of year and let you enjoy Christmas!

anti inflammatory healthy christmas menu