Our older daughter lives up north, as do the other members of our family. We are celebrating quietly this year with little fuss and no forced drama. While I miss having our extended family close by I do like having the freedom to celebrate in our own way without the stress of extended family close by . . .
This year I am having:
Turkey - no oil or butter
Green Beans - no grease, no sauce, no butter
Creamed Onions - the recipe calls for nutmeg
Homemade cranberry pineapple dressing - no sugar
Stuffing - 70% vegetable, 20% bread, 10% fats
Gravy - made with broth and cider, it is low fat and excellent
Pumpkin custard with cinnamon and ginger - no sugar, no butter, no cream
6 Things that I do that work for me:
- I am remembering that Thanksgiving dinner is 1 of 7 dinners I will have this week.
- It is one of the three meals I will have on Thursday.
- All my meals are part of a balanced food plan.
- I do not eat dinner twice just because it is Thanksgiving
- I do not skip lunch and roll the calories into dinner
- I will open my mind more and my mouth less
4 Things other people do that do not work for me:
- Treat it as a 'free' day, 'cheat' day or 'exception to the rule.'
- Stockpile food allowance all into one American Thanksgiving-sized meal.
- Skip lunch and munch on nuts, cheeses and chips before dinner.
- Eat whatever is on the table today and make up for it at the gym for a week.
If those four things work for you, God bless you. I do not have that experience.
In keeping the pounds off I have tried tall four without success. The 'free day' usually goes on for several days or weeks. There is a reason I call this binge season. Saving most of my calories for the day for one meal never works. I have continued to play games for days after trying that behavior. Skipping a meal and nibbling is just the excuse I need to gorge on fattening food before sitting down to a rich, full meal. Ugh. Making things up at the gym? Oh hell, I am still making up for the decades I spent overeating and not moving the other 364 days of the year.
|Took this photo months|
ago. On Monday I will
take a new photo wearing
the same jeans.