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HHOLLOWAY44 SparkPoints: (11,951)
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11/23/12 3:45 P

I tried to make low(er)-calorie versions of Thanksgiving dishes. My stuffing was mostly brown rice. I made my own cranberry sauce with less sugar. Still, I ate like a fattened hog. The next day, I ate leftovers, but atop a salad. Oddly, I've got so used to fresh veggies, I really missed them yesterday. I think this change in eating thing is taking hold. =)

STARDUST2K4 Posts: 1,376
11/23/12 1:36 P

I agree with ZORBS13. They're holiDAYs not holiMONTHs.

TPETRIE Posts: 18,677
11/22/12 7:09 P

I had a little bit of everything, except mashed potatoes and gravy. I even han a piece of SP pumpkin pie. When I tracked everything I still had not eaten enough so I had a second piece of pie and an icecream bar by ww. I feel proud of my choices for today, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

LOVEXAVIE SparkPoints: (42,809)
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11/22/12 3:18 P

Amen & Hallelujah!
Finally "get" this lifestyle thing vs dieters thing, and it's made all the difference. I am free to enjoy the day. What's funny is that even with this freedom, I no longer eat like a condemned man eating his last supper. Go figure!

Thank you to all the Spark helpers and message posters and this wonderful community.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,257
11/22/12 7:49 A

I plan on taking a taste of everything...I mean a small taste and fill up on lean turkey and steamed veggies. I have created a new lifestyle for myself and I plan on keeping it that way. ..this is my normal now!

Happy Thanksgiving and be grateful for what you have...Pray for all and that America becomes prosperous again..Pray for world peace

if you haven't donated to a food bank yet, please do so prior to Xmas and make the less fortunate fill their tummys too! Don't forget the less fortunate children too...please donate to Toys For child should be forgotten by Santa.

Have a great day!

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (194,402)
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11/22/12 7:19 A

it's only when you consider Thanksgiving to be the start of a non stop daily binge until New Years that it's a problem. Eat what you want today, however much you want..and then get back to normal tomorrow.

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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11/22/12 7:01 A

Happy Thanksgiving Americans!

We already had our Thanksgiving back in October. I just managed to eat at the very top of my calorie range. emoticon That even included 2 glasses of wine and a strawberry/rubharb pie with whipped topping.

We held Thanksgiving at our house this year so I made some healthy Thanksgiving alternatives I found on Spark. Like Meg's Fruit stuffing and cranberry sauce. Then I just loaded up on veggies; brussel sprouts, corn a small helping of mashed potatoes and of course some white turkey meat.

How did I save up so many calories to enjoy my Thanksgiving dinner?

I shaved about 50-100 cals of each of my earlier meals and ate filling but lower calorie foods. I also cut out my afternoon snack. I usually eat a late dinner but on Thanksgiving we were having dinner earlier so I really didn't need my afternoon snack.

Hope some of this gives you some ideas! Happy Thanksgiving!

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (197,206)
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11/22/12 6:06 A

I know many of my fellow Sparkers are probably fretting about what they will eat today. My advice ? Don't Panic ! Enjoy your meal without any guilt. It's Thanksgiving, a day we are supposed to be grateful for what is on our plates.

One less than perfect day or weekend of eating WILL NOT make or break your healthy lifestyle. If you eat right five out of seven days this week, you're still doing better than the average American. Spark People isn't about deprivation. It's all about moderation.

Strategy for the day ? Try to be mindful. Try to watch your portion sizes. watch the appetizers and the cocktails. Those add up fast. Try to save yourself for the main meal. Load up on all those wonderful veggies !

Indulge, but don't over indulge too much. And if you do over indulge, don't beat yourself up. You are not a weak willed person or one that lacks self control because you ate too much. We're all probably going to be eating a little too much today. That doesn't make us bad people. A dieter is someone who would freak out over what they ate. Someone engaged in a healthy lifestyle, eats their food. logs their food and moves on. That's because they know they eat right most of the time.

You don't have to be perfect to be healthy. No need for guilt, not on a day we're supposed to be thankful.

Enjoy your meals ! Enjoy your pies ! Enjoy your time with your family.

Happy Thanksgiving !!

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