I enjoy the holidays so much more as I get older and learn how to listen to my body. In the years past, the holidays often meant restricting my food intake or following a very strict paleo diet; something that was challenging for me mentally, not to mention difficult for my loved ones to accommodate. The lack of slack I gave myself makes me shudder thinking about it now. I am so glad I am at a point where I can enjoy classic holiday treats and not beat myself up about it.

Some foods, like dairy for instance, still really flare my acne so I try to avoid it for this reason. But, if there is a piece of pie, I have no hesitation about enjoying the pie if I want to!

I hope your mental and physical health is at a level where you can also make these choices throughout the holiday season. And even if you’re not there yet, I hope in the very near future you can work towards a little leniency and grace for yourself. If you are working through an autoimmune condition, then I wish the best for you throughout this challenging time. There are so many substitute recipes for classic holiday dishes though! You are not out of luck. I pulled together a few of my favorite holiday paleo recipes, below. What else are you bringing to your holiday dinner?

1) Roasted Chicken

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This recipe uses a Crockpot to cook the chicken, leaving the rest of your oven free for cooking other delicious dishes.

2) Grain Free Stuffing

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This recipe does call for cheese, which you can remove for a more paleo recipe. This stuffing rivals gluten filled stuffing! It is difficult to believe its grain free.

3) Roasted Butternut Squash with Maple Sage Brown Butter

Savory and sweet combine in this delicious, easy way to get your starchy carbohydrates.

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4) Brussel Sprouts with Apples & Bacon

Brussel sprouts are one of my fave veggies; adding bacon AND apples is a genius way to combine all of my favorites into one classic dish.

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5) Apple Pear Blueberry Crisp

This is a fantastic dessert recipe, and one of my favorite ways to incorporate fruit into a drool-worthy treat.

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