This week I had to reach out to chef Gil at Marama to see what sort of delicious feast he was planning for Thanksgiving. I try to have a meal there whenever I visit because the quality of the food rivals any of my favorite restaurants. I know it will be keto with the best organic ingredients. My mouth still waters thinking about this crispy skin salmon, balsamic roasted brussels sprouts with cauliflower-turmeric emulsion and lilikoi caper beurre blanc dinner that Gil made from lilikoi (passion fruit) I picked from the Marama garden that day.
Holidays can require extra navigation for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia, their caregivers, and their loved ones. Straying too far from routine and a healing diet can exacerbate symptoms. Since most of us don’t have a personal Marama Experience chef, here are some ways to navigate the Thanksgiving holiday from Leanne Chicksen.
- Make a Plan and Stick to It
- Eat a Keto-Friendly Meal or Snack Beforehand
- Make Smart Choices
- Eat Keto Foods First
- Offer to Bring a Keto Appetizer or Dessert – link to example recipes below
- Don’t Stress About It
- Stick to Keto-Friendly Alcohol or skip Alcohol altogether
- If Hosting, Make a Keto Meal with Carb Sides
- Avoid Trigger Foods
- Stay Hydrated
- Focus on Family, Fun, and Celebrations
- Practice Self-Compassion
If you are looking for some inspiration, here’s what’s on the menu for Thanksgiving Day at Marama.
Breakfast: Turkey-Sage Sausage Keto Casserole
Snack: Cauliflower Mac and Cheese Bites
Lunch: Caesar Salad with Roasted Salmon
Snack: Avocado Chocolate Protein Mousse
Dinner: Turducken roulade with green bean casserole and brown butter turnip mash
Dessert: Pumpkin spiced coconut cream cheese pie
I hope your Thanksgiving holiday is filled with more than just delicious food, and provides an opportunity for connection with your loved ones. I am grateful to have all of you as part of my mission to create a world without dementia.
Dr. Heather Sandison
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