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Planning Ahead for Thanksgiving :)


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Given the week I've had with my eating, I thought I'd better plan very thoughtfully for our Thanksgiving dinner. With that in mind, here is what I came up with:

roast turkey breast
dressing
brown gravy
3 cheese broccoli
cranberry sauce
Parkerhouse rolls
apple pie

This is what I am preparing. As for what I'm going to eat. . .I will skip the rolls and measure or weigh out everything else. I am planning on one serving and no seconds. This year I am not having any appetizers in the house. I get into trouble with those. I am also not making my traditional mulled cider, because liquid calories can kill your calories for the day.

So, my Thanksgiving dinner will likely be a higher-than-normal calorie count, BUT way lower than the traditional Thanksgiving Day nosh fest we've been known to have around here. To compensate for the higher calorie dinner, I am going to have a very light supper of chicken noodle soup instead of leftovers. I think that should balance out my day nicely. I will not skimp on my breakfast, because that is the most important meal of the day, IMHO. I will not have snacks, either.

I haven't tracked it out yet, but I suspect it will end up about 1500-1600 calories for the day. I'll be doing my SP recipes this week and making sure I have everything in my database. I'll put my meals for the day in the tracker on Thanksgiving morning, and make any adjustments in my eating plan before I eat, rather than doing damage-control afterwards.

My goal in this whole journey is to learn how to eat mindfully and enjoy my food without obsessing over it. I'm not on a diet, and I refuse to give up sweets. I'm finally learning how to eat like a (smart) adult :)
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