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This year, we are having a bit of a different Christmas.
The week before Thanksgiving, Jeff had a health issue reveal itself in a scary way. I won’t go into details, but it resulted in about a week of worry, a lot of doctor visits to get a diagnosis and weekly visits for ongoing treatment. Thanksgiving wasn’t the jolly holiday it normally is for us.
Part of his treatment is diet-based, as Jeff is seeing an awesome Functional Neurologist. He’s already showing improvement. And because it is critical that he stay on his diet, that means that I am not fixing anything for Christmas that might tempt him that is outside of what he is allowed to eat. His diet is difficult, so I’m not wanting to make it any more difficult on him than it already is. As a result, I’m not fixing sweets or carby goodies before Christmas.
The kids had some treats for their end-of-the-year parties at school: pizza, cookies and some other yummies. I made those while Jeff was at work and made sure there weren’t any leftovers. I’ll also make a small treat on Christmas Eve. I’ll be making a small serving of an on-diet treat for Jeff, then baking a few cookies after the kids go to bed as a means of announcing to the kids that they’re getting a particular type of lessons that they’ve been begging for as their Christmas gift. We will not be doing any other sweets.
Christmas dinner will be all on-diet for him. Instead of focusing on the meal, we’ll be focused on the activities we normally do on Christmas Day- after they open gifts and have a little time to play with them, we have the meal and then spend the day together watching movies and playing board games.
So I really haven’t had any recipes to blog. My recipe development has stopped for now and my focus has been on seeing him improve. That’s requiring a lot of my time and attention to prepare his meals and help him manage his care while keeping everyone else fed, too. I’ve also had to finish recording the Healthy Child Summit in the middle of all of this. I haven’t had much time to write, I’ve just been focused on keeping everyone fed, the laundry done and my head above water.
This year, our focus is on together time and family activities instead of the food and gifts. We’re thankful for his improving health and that he’s still with us. Right now, that is all that matters.