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13ICANDOIT13 Posts: 266
11/16/12 3:07 P

My Family is going to a buffett, and eat Thanksgiving. That way we consentrate on the company not the food. No leftovers to over eat on. And with a picky eater teen this way he gets something special that he likes.

AIDANELENA SparkPoints: (9,682)
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11/16/12 3:07 P

I plan on enjoying Thanksgiving without worrying about it. It will be a "break" day.

STARMIZER2000 SparkPoints: (86,524)
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11/16/12 1:12 P

Big family dinner

SWISHSTARNAN SparkPoints: (110,284)
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11/16/12 1:02 P

dinner with family

JODAFEEN2012 SparkPoints: (61)
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11/16/12 1:00 P

Since I don't really have any family to speak of, and I work in retail, I'll be essentially having Thanksgiving on the run. My boyfriend's working that day, so I'll be home alone doing the cooking and eating. I'll be making turkey, brown rice stuffing, greens, roasted butternut squash, and of course homemade pumpkin pie! I'll try to make as much ahead as possible, and eat early, since I have the joy of working Black Friday at 4 in the morning.

ALIHIKES Posts: 1,926
11/16/12 11:13 A

6 of us from the family will eat at my mom's retirement home; she can't travel any more and it is a big adventure for her (now) to get wheeled into the dining hall and see all her friends. I'll have turkey, lots of veggies, small serving of potatoes, no alcohol, small dessert (maybe)

UGAKATE85 Posts: 2,630
11/16/12 10:04 A

I'm vegetarian so certain traditional Thanksgiving things are already out for me (making it super easy to turn down fried turkey!). I'll be sticking with salad and sides (including a few healthy ones I plan to make and bring).

DOOBIE893 SparkPoints: (53,762)
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11/16/12 9:52 A

fish and lots of vegetables

Edited by: DOOBIE893 at: 11/16/2012 (09:53)
LOSE4LIFE47 Posts: 43,811
11/16/12 9:52 A

Going to my daughters home with family & friends

SADWHITEWOLF Posts: 1,081
11/16/12 9:49 A

I am cooking but not trying to make it overly healthy. Although I am giving myself several good veggie dishes.
I plan to eat a pretty much what I want at dinner but stop when I am full, not stuffed.
I plan to send away as many leftovers as possible so that they are not sitting around tempting me.
I plan to do a Black Friday burn on my treadmill.

DWROBERGE SparkPoints: (347,245)
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11/16/12 9:47 A

mmediate family and grandchildren (13)

STEVIEBEE569 Posts: 9,916
11/16/12 9:46 A

Spending Thanksgiving with my parents!

SALADPRINCESS21 Posts: 53
11/16/12 9:44 A

I am spending Thanksgiving with my son's other grandparents, and since I am a vegan I will be bringing my own food which means I can control how much or little I can eat. I plan on making stuffed acorn squash, carrot pudding, sweet potato biscuits, and baked fruit.

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11/16/12 9:34 A

It will be just the two of us this year. My husband does all the cooking for a traditional Thanksgiving meal and we enjoy the day together.

PENGUINPIE Posts: 3,146
11/16/12 9:26 A

I'm going to make a downscaled version of the traditional Thanksgiving for two. I ordered a pastured turkey from a local farm this year (first time!), so I'm pretty excited about that! To go with it, I'll be making stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes or gratin, something green (don't know what yet, will see what comes in my farm box next week), and fresh cranberry sauce.

As for my "plan" for the day, I will eat my fill, but not more. I won't be restrictive, but I won't go completely overboard either.

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!

Edited by: PENGUINPIE at: 11/16/2012 (09:28)
DLDROST Posts: 8,082
11/16/12 9:25 A

18 family members here

GINA180847 SparkPoints: (128,524)
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11/16/12 9:24 A

Already celebrated it in Canada in Oct. I roasted a turkey, box dressing(hubby preference I did not have any), lean gravy with mash potatos mashed with skim milk. I made cranberry sc. with splenda and had mashed yams with coconut milk, green beans with onions, steamed carrots, green salad with light drsg. and angel food cake for dessert. It was delicious and did not make me ill from over indulging.

ARKMOGAL Posts: 191
11/16/12 8:30 A

We are having Thanksgiving Dinner at home..and my in laws will be...My mother in law lives with us now after living in Canada for the past 6 years so she is helping make food!!

BRACEYM1 Posts: 84
11/15/12 11:41 P

I am Canadian so we already had our dinner with friends. It was great!

SMOKYBLUE1 SparkPoints: (25,409)
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11/15/12 11:38 P



eating out with family and friends

URBANK9 Posts: 894
11/15/12 11:35 P

My sister invited the family out to Wildfire restaurant instead of cooking. They have a special Thanksgiving menu. I won't be tracking calories but I won't be stuffing myself full either, just eat what I want and try to be healthy the rest of the time...

LOLATURTLE Posts: 369
11/15/12 10:53 P

I'm doing a Turkey Trot! I'll be doing 5k, intervals of jogging at around 9am. Then a shower at some kind inlaw's house, hopefully MIL (hopefully they'll be moved back in post Sandy by then!).

For dinner I'm not even 100% sure which family member's house it will be at yet, or what they serve. I'll probably just have a small serving of the things that appeal to me most, and skip the rest. They always have way too many kinds of dessert - I find even when I try to have tiny servings I end up too full of dessert, so I think I'll have a test-bite rule for myself. I'll eat one bite each of a couple desserts that look good, then two more bites of whichever was tastiest.

KEEPITSIMPLE_ SparkPoints: (63,092)
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11/15/12 9:51 P

I don't care for the traditional meal, especially the way the in-laws fix it. It's greasy, fatty, and mushy, so I finally decided it's my holiday too, and I should enjoy my food too, the way I like it cooked. I usually bring what I want to eat, like pork/beef tenderloin, shrimp, etc., veggies the way I like them to be cooked, and a dessert that DH and I desire. We eat very few desserts, so it should be something we would really enjoy. Spend the calories wisely! I don't overeat, but I enjoy including my wine on the holidays. Moderation in all things!




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11/15/12 8:53 P

Quiet day of relaxing with family after we eat Thanksgiving dinner.

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,606)
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11/15/12 6:10 P

MRSKATEDUVALL, for wine, your best bet is to go to a wine/liquor/beverage store to ask for a recommendation based on your menu and price point. I could recommend a bunch but there's no telling if you'd be able to find them where you're at since selection varies from store to store. But for types, Chardonnay is usually the go-to white wine on Thanksgiving. Pinot Grigio would work too. Some people prefer sweeter ones like Riesling but I personally prefer drier wines with food.

I love how your guests are telling you what YOU need to serve to them though LOL

REY6780 SparkPoints: (17,253)
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11/15/12 6:01 P

A day of still trying to adjust to my new home overseas. Thanksgiving hasn't been the same in 3 years.

KEELYME Posts: 1,138
11/15/12 5:48 P

Thanksgiving will be my designated cheat day, after two weeks of dieting. Having that in mind helps me tow the line the rest of the time. The only restriction is that I want to refrain from eating so much that I can't sit up comfortably. emoticon

Generally, with holidays or parties, my strategy is to pick out the few items that I REALLY want to have, and enjoy them. It's different from grazing on items like soda, chips, etc that I could have anytime, just because they're there.

MRSKATEDUVALL Posts: 1,632
11/15/12 5:43 P

I am hosting the extended family. First time ever. There are over 80 cousins, but I doubt everyone will come, as it's not at grandma. I plan on making lots of yummy healthy side dishes from my CSA box. I have been informed that I will be making traditional mashed potatoes, with sour cream and butter, so I plan on making a roasted root veggie dish that I can substitute for me. Someone else is making the homemade rolls, and someone else better bring the rice, jello cool-whip salad because I won't make it, i think it's disgusting. I don't know if I will get any treadmilling in, as I will be running around hosting but i should get all my steps in. I am not a wine drinker, and have been told I need to serve a white wine. Any good cheap suggestions?

DIVIERO968 Posts: 184
11/15/12 4:09 P

I am going to stay on track the whole time before Thanksgiving. That morning I will make my workout harder then proceed to enjoy the family dinner. The holidays only come once a year so I am going to enjoy them to the max. I know that come Friday I will get right back on track again.

JESSMARIE13 SparkPoints: (5,321)
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11/15/12 4:05 P

I'm going to my grandparents' house for a huge family party :)

MOINSDEMOI Posts: 1,207
11/15/12 4:00 P

I don't know this year because I had my rotator cuff repaired and will be heavily medicated on Thanksgiving. I may stay home, eat something light and sleep. Thankfully I have been pretty consistent with exercise and the prognosis is excellent.

QUAIL75 Posts: 7,028
11/15/12 3:53 P

I'm going to exercise hard all week and stay within my daily calorie range before then but I know I'm going to end up eating way over my calorie range on Thursday.

I'll just exercise extra hard on Friday and get back on track.

SPERRIN2012 SparkPoints: (118,845)
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11/15/12 3:13 P

Eat everything with very little pie at the end.

SCGAALMOM Posts: 215
11/15/12 2:25 P

I'll be honest - I'm going to eat like it's 1999, like I just don't care, like the world will end if I'm not stuffed, like it's like the last turkey/dressing/green bean casserole/pumpkin and pecan pies on earth!! emoticon

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 13,751
11/15/12 1:43 P

Will be using portion control and eating in moderation

MFTAYLOR2 SparkPoints: (23,112)
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11/15/12 1:41 P

I am actually Canadian and therefore my Thanksgiving was in October but now I am living in Abu Dhabi and a group of us are getting together for American thanksgiving dinner. It is a potluck so I'm making healthy mashed potatoes because I love potatoes. I know there will be turkey and cranberry sauce so I'm still trying to eat healthy and stay within my calorie range for the day.

JENNN77 SparkPoints: (70,115)
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11/15/12 1:37 P

I'll have time off, so I hope the weather cooperates so I can go hiking.

As for dinner, my family likes the traditional food (I don't) and makes way too much of it, so I'm not worried about eating too much. I just have to get through sitting at the table while everybody else eats too much :) I've tried getting support for new healthier recipes with no luck. They say they are supportive of my healthier lifestyle, but get upset if it interferes with their unhealthy choices. I'm just one person, so it's easier to brush me off. I just eat a huge salad before and then a bit of turkey and green beans (fresh beans) at dinner.

LEANIE64 SparkPoints: (22,789)
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11/15/12 1:16 P

I am finding some good recipes on spark to try and slim down the dishes..

DIDS70 Posts: 5,100
11/15/12 12:44 P

nothing. Just moved states and have no family or friends in the area. Open a bottle of wine, eat some food, and maybe take myself to a movie.



MOMOFSBM1 SparkPoints: (610)
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11/15/12 12:41 P

My absolute favorite holiday. I will be cooking and hosting family, won't be going overboard and will focus on all of us gathered aroungd the table emoticon

MARYBETH4884 SparkPoints: (65,916)
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11/15/12 12:34 P

It is all about portion control, and asking myself do I really want that. I also plan to track everything good or bad to really see how I did.

AGITATOR1 SparkPoints: (3,074)
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11/15/12 12:30 P

Eat while standing. Eat less yet feel full

ASHLEYGILLE SparkPoints: (11,171)
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11/15/12 12:17 P

Going to my sister-in-law's who is a great cook! Won't go on an empty stomach and will try to eat in moderation! yum yum

SUZIAND Posts: 3,402
11/15/12 12:16 P

I will be 2 days post-op...so I imagine I will be laying in bed sipping water! : (

EMMAEKAY SparkPoints: (18,322)
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11/15/12 11:44 A

I plan on eating within reason. I never really got into gorging on Thanksgiving, I guess. I'm going to have some turkey, some green bean casserole, some mashed potatoes and a big green salad with cranberries and almonds. And I'm going to have a slice of pie. And I'm going to track it all and get a good cardio session in.

Basically, I'm going to have a normal day.

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,606)
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11/15/12 11:39 A

I've never been one to go completely overboard on Thanksgiving but I don't plan on limiting myself at all. I'm going to eat what I want and be happy about it :)

4GREEN4 Posts: 2,907
11/15/12 11:34 A

eat moderation

baked chicken, rice, greens

pumpkin pie

I_HEART_MY_FAM Posts: 1,809
11/15/12 10:59 A

My plan is to make a scrumptious hearty meal and have whatever I want, and the next day too. Saturday I will get back on track. Cooking good and enjoying food is a big part of my life and personality so I have my days where I allow to be free and enjoy to my hearts content. Last year I did the same thing and had a loss. Why, because I watched it beforehand and got back on track right away, plus I move about so much being the hostess. Happy Thanksgiving!

THINJIM1 Posts: 3,030
11/15/12 10:58 A

We will have the standard meal with the reduction of as much fat as possible without reducing the flavors. Peronally I will reduce the amount I eat with no dessert.

LEANIE64 SparkPoints: (22,789)
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11/15/12 10:43 A

I am going to eat with limitations in mind. I do want to sample most of the meal..but if I am careful on my amounts I should be able to have some of everything and not feel guilty after. Loading up on salad to begin the meal ..and going from there.

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