Happy (almost) Thanksgiving!
Now I want you to know something…
You can absolutely, positively still enjoy classic holiday dishes without the guilt (or the inflammation).
This was actually a big worry that my client, Janelle, had when she started in The Clear Skin Solution. It was the holiday season and she was super worried she wouldn’t be able to eat all the delicious foods.
I calmed her nerves quickly and assured her, eating health through the holidays is totally possible. I referred her to some of the recipes below and to her surprised not only did she love them but her family did, too. That was a huge win for her because it showed them (and her) that choosing healthier options was actually enjoyable.
She was able to indulge over the holidays without worrying about how her skin would look the following day.
For Janelle, I explained to her one of the big reasons why we want to avoid traditional ingredients like gluten, dairy and sugar when dealing with acne is because of inflammation. Which are all key components to pecan pie ( or any pie for that matter).
Inflammation is a natural response in the body to an injury or infection. This call acute inflammation and it’s a good thing.
The bad kind of inflammation is one that occurs chronically. When chronic inflammation pops up, that immune system of yours goes into overdrive. It super sensitive and reacts to everything as the end of the world — even if it’s not a true threat (like specific foods).
Another thing it overreacts to is…acne. It responds to the acne infection as if it were a life or death situation. Red, angry and inflamed pimples pop up in response.
Inflammation is a result of foods that are inflammatory to the body — like the gluten, dairy, sugar and corn syrup traditionally used in pecan pie. Another contributor to inflammation is poor gut health.
When your gut lining gets damaged by those same inflammatory foods (as well as stress and prescriptions), it starts to “leak” undigested food into the body and causes your body to…wait for it…responds like it was an intruder and triggers inflammation.
That’s why I have Janelle (and all my other acne clients), remove inflammatory foods while we’re working therapeutically to get rid of their acne.
I made this paleo pecan pie free of gluten, grains, dairy, refined sugar and corn syrup. In place of those ingredients, I used coconut flour, coconut oil, coconut sugar (not the same as white sugar), and pure Canadian maple syrup.
And if you’re looking for other recipes free from those same foods (that’s still super delicious), I’ve pulled together a few around the KSW blog.
Healthy version of a classic pecan pie.
15 minPrep Time
35 minCook Time
50 minTotal Time
Yields 1 pie