Fibromyalgia Holidays: A Glute- Free Star Cookie for Hanukkah, a Fibro Christmas Song, The Principles of KwanzaaFibro Daily November 25, 2012
This season, there are a number of joyous celebrations: Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa; the annual revelation of who shall Xerox their holiday hiney at the holiday work party. Lots of good times, indeed.
And no matter how you celebrate, fibromyalgia will be right there with you, trying to ruin all your good times, the biggest cross-celebratory Scrooge of all.
But there are ways to make the ‘ole Fibro Scrooge take heed. After all, no one should allow fibromyalgia to spoil all the fun.
Let’s start with food. Many fibromyalgia patients follow a gluten-free diet. Well, this gluten-free star cookie is the perfectly delicious solution to holiday snacking for all.
Hanukkah Star Cookies (Gluten-Free)
Recipe courtesy of Elana’s Pantry.
2 ½ cups blanched almond flour
½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup coconut oil, melted
5 tablespoons agave nectar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
In a large bowl, combine almond flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon.
In a smaller bowl, mix together coconut oil, agave and vanilla.
Mix wet ingredients into dry, then chill dough in refrigerator for 1 hour.
Place dough between 2 large pieces of parchment paper and roll out until ¼-inch thick.
Remove top piece of parchment paper and cut out cookies with a small star cutter.
Using a metal spatula, place stars on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Bake at 350°F until lightly browned around the edges, 7-10 minutes.
Cool completely prior to handling cookies.
Serve alone or frost with Creamy Cream Cheese Frosting.
Makes 32 cookies.
Next, a fibromyalgia Christmas song guaranteed to bring a smile to any Fibro face. I left this one as a link, so all of you can sing along with actual music:
And finally, from fibromyowgia.wordpress.com, the seven principles of Kwanzaa. All the principles apply to fibromyalgia patients and their loved ones. These tenets serve as a guide not only to the holidays, but to life with fibromyalgia.
- Umoja (oo-MO-jah): Unity stresses the importance of togetherness for the family and the community, which is reflected in the African saying, “I am We,” or “I am because We are.”
- Kujichagulia (koo-gee-cha-goo-LEE-yah): Self-Determination requires that we define our common interests and make decisions that are in the best interest of our family and community.
- Ujima (oo-GEE-mah): Collective Work and Responsibility reminds us of our obligation to the past, present and future, and that we have a role to play in the community, society, and world.
- Ujamaa (oo-JAH-mah): Cooperative economics emphasizes our collective economic strength and encourages us to meet common needs through mutual support.
- Nia (NEE-yah): Purpose encourages us to look within ourselves and to set personal goals that are beneficial to the community.
- Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah): Creativity makes use of our creative energies to build and maintain a strong and vibrant community.
- Imani (ee-MAH-nee): Faith focuses on honoring the best of our traditions, draws upon the best in ourselves, and helps us strive for a higher level of life for humankind, by affirming our self-worth and confidence in our ability to succeed and triumph in righteous struggle.
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