Grain Free Thanksgiving…REALLY!

So – last year was my first time EVER making Thanksgiving.  I am 44, yet I have always been the guest, not the host.  My mom has been in charge pretty much my entire life.  So last year, we did the traditional Thanksgiving feast.  LOTS of grains.  Lots of bread, casseroles (rice), and stuffing!  The pie has grains in the crust.  The turkey and one other item was grain free.  That was it.  So – since we are on this grain free journey…we are mixing things up a little this year.

I asked my husband if we could do seafood for Thanksgiving.  I got a resounding YES!  So the first thing on the menu – crab legs.  Then P- said, “you should do a shrimp boil.”  Well, I’ve never done that before.  But she assured me it was easy and FAST.  My kind of cooking.  6 hours in the kitchen is NOT my idea of fun  –  plus that is ALOT of cleaning to do afterward.  The good news – this is one pot.  EVERYTHING goes into it!!


So, we will have 3 items with grains.  I can totally NOT be tempted in that regard.  My children said we HAVE to have stuffing – Grandma’s stuffing.  Grandma doesn’t do grain free (yet!).  And the rolls.  We are making Red Lobster biscuits.  Thank God for Sam’s – they sell the package.  I am not a huge fan – but my kids and husband are.  I plan on making grain free rolls too.  And the last item is corn on the cob – since that goes in the pot with the shrimp.  You could probably leave that out – but I won’t mind since I have been corn free for a year and a half now.

Here is our menu!

Shrimp Boil – Shrimp, Sausage, Corn on the Cob, Red Potatoes, Onions, Garlic, Seasoning
Crab Legs
Biscuits – Red Lobster style and Grain Free Biscuits
Green Bean Casserole
Stuffing – Has grains (will AVOID)
Dessert – Sundaes, Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cookies, Ice Cream

P- is busy with her own grain free recipes.  She is going to her mother-in-laws so she is walking in the door prepared with her own yummy things to eat – so she isn’t tempted!  I am sure she will put links to her recipes on here later.

Danielle Walker provided the recipe for the Biscuits – Against All Grain

Deliciously Organic has a recipe for the Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cookies – I am swapping the chia seeds for the gelatin as a commenter suggested.


Twin-P History

In 2000, shortly after the birth of my second child, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s. It is an autoimmune disorder that prevents the thyroid from working correctly.  My doctor was less than stellar.  He had a terrible bed side manner.  However, up to that point, I didn’t care.  I rarely visited the doctor.  The doctor did not tell me anything about the disease.  He simply diagnosed, prescribed, and told me to come back in if I had trouble.  There was no discussion of alternatives.  He did not tell me that once I began treatment, I could NEVER go off.  The meds would actually ruin my thyroid.  We had no conversation about diet.  I would spend the next 14 years on a roller coaster of weight gain and loss.

I forgot to mention that I hate taking medicine.  I probably did more damage to myself by not taking my medicine regularly.  I would take my pill for a few months, stop, start, then stop again.  My prescription would expire, I would get new blood work completed or change doctors because I did not want to hear a lecture, and start the drug again.  I never had normal results.  My antibodies have always been excessive.  I had heard from my older sister and a friend about diet, gut and food sensitivity.  I just heard the message; I didn’t listen.

In winter 2012, I completed a 5 day cleanse.  I began a gluten free diet.  I lost over 40 lbs.  I was running 9 miles regularly as exercise.  That summer, I slipped into old habits.  I maintained my weight loss for several months.  However, by December, I had ballooned back up.  In July 2013, I did the cleanse again.  I began running.  I dropped down to the same weight as before.  Near Christmas, I started eating junk again.  I gained all the weight back.  I am now back to my standing weight of 175lbs (give or take a little).  I know that I have sensitivity to gluten and dairy.  I know I need to change.  I believe that this will be carried on to my children.  I need to stop the cycle.  My mother has a lot of autoimmune disorders, as does my older sister.  My Twin – S is also undiagnosed, but similar in body type to me.  We believe that we are walking the same path.  However, she has not taken any drugs.  She may have better success at reversing the damage.

Consequently, Twin- S and I are on a journey to change our destiny.

I began “Officially” today: November 24, 2014.

I began planning last week.  After talking to Twin-S, I bought three cookbooks.  They arrived on Saturday.  I made a menu for the week and went to the grocery store and spent $300.  My husband was less than pleased.  However, he has committed to this for 30 days.  I made Monday’s dinner on Sunday – Chicken legs with potatoes, carrots, and Brussel sprouts smothered in Ghee and herbs.  I also made crepes that could be used for lunches and snacks.  It is in place of a tortilla.

Day 1 has been a success for the most part.

3 glasses of water.

2 pieces of sugar free gum.

One Crepe with a piece of sausage in it.

A spinach salad with nuts and fruit.

Dinner will be the chicken, BS (Brussel Sprouts) and carrots.  I am going to skip the potatoes.  My goal is to drink 48 oz of water.

Welcome to Twin-P’s journal and journey.

Where to Start

Grain-Free Family Table CoverOkay…so P- and I are jumping ALL in on this thing. We downloaded and bought hard copies of Carrie Vitt’s book. Since we are both going to need to get well versed in the world of Grain Free.

Thankfully, both of us have in the past done moderated eating plans.  P- was Vegan for quite a while as she trained for trail marathons.  I’ve gone gluten and sugar free for a month fast as well as no longer eating corn and pork.

But to not have any grains FOREVER.  <Gulp>.  Okay, our older sister is all organic and raw milk.  Our brother is low carb.  He has lost a huge amount of weight.  But P- and I are not doing this to lose weight.  That is an unfortunate side affect of what our bodies are doing – but she and I know we can “tweak our diet” and do the “lemonade diet” or a fast to drop pounds and then we could start training for marathons and drop pounds.  That is NOT a long-term plan.  Stop training and running – the pounds come back on.  Eat normal foods after “fasting” the weight comes back.  Why?  Our thyroid and other adrenal glands aren’t working.  PERIOD.  Then add perimenopause to that – and yeah – we are a mess!

So, I have been reading this other blog that says as we ease in to grain free (which sorta is like low-carb/no carb) we are going to need to be aware of symptoms our body might have as we “detox” from grains.  Who knew?  Am currently reading Melissa Sevigny’s I Breathe I’m Hungry’s article on Keto Kickstarting.

What a crazy time to start this, I’m thinking to myself.  But it is now or never.  Neither P- or I are slow going type of people.  We are either in or not.  P- decided to do her first marathon and she was ALL in all the way – many times over.  So I know we can do this!

She’ll be writing soon too.



So, we were talking today.  The weight gain.  Progressive.  Aggressive.  Prayer is increasing.  Two people struggling with the same issues – miles apart.  But not extraordinary since we share DNA and cells.  Biological Identical Twins.


  • Thyroid not function – one of us diagnosed, one not.
  • Extreme weight gain at astonishing rate
  • Hair Loss at times
  • Fatigue
  • Grouchy
  • Many of the signs of adrenal fatigue/failure
  • Strong dislike of going to the doctor
  • Brain fog

Okay, through prayer and experience and research, we are detailing our journey.  Not doctors.  Not making some sort of “dogma” of how to get healthy.  But we live miles apart.  Want to encourage each other.  We are both writers (by degree and passion)…so we are going to encourage each other here.  I don’t do facebook.  So this is easier.  She has too much email so this is our platform…for now.

Not really looking for readers – just looking for answers that work for us.

Twin Overcomers