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To those of you planning on "dieting" over Thanksgiving

Monday, November 19, 2012

Stop it. Stop it right now. Don't deprive yourself on turkey day. Eat like you used to with no shame or guilt. If I can do anything beyond lay on a couch and watch football after the meal, I will consider it a failure. You like eating 3 helpings of mashed potatoes covered in gravy? Have them. Can't decide between your mom's pecan pie, and your aunt's pumpkin cookies? Don't, then go ahead and return to the egg nog bowl multiple times. Let yourself have that Thursday to just relax and let all the stress go.

I have to weigh in as a featherweight the next weekend for a competition, and I still plan on eating whatever catches my eye on Thursday. The trick is keeping it a holiDAY, not a holiMONTH. I don't have to be the one to demolish the leftovers over the weekend. And I need to not graze on the cookies that will be left out afterword. Those are the healthy lifestyle changes this site has the right idea about. A healthy lifestyle also includes bingeing on a special meal if that's what you want to do, and enjoy doing in the company of friends and family.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving everybody :)
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  • LISAN0415
    I have started my weight loss journey right before Halloween, and it's been going well.

    I don't feel deprived, Here's what I did for Thanksgiving, and what I will do over all Holiday dinners:

    I ate on the low end of my calorie range 3 days before, this saved me 750 calories.

    I stepped up the steps on my pedometer from 10,000 steps to 12,500 steps that week (probably burned an extra 100 calories per day)

    Then on Thanksgiving, I ate a healthy breakfast, full of protein and slow carbs. Right before I left to go to dinner, I ate a yogurt, a low fat cheese stick, and an apple.

    2 hours later at dinner I wasn't super hungry, and I was able to eat in a "Portion Controlled" manner. I didn't overindulge. I even ate a piece of my Dads cheesecake, and the next week I was down 2 lbs.

    Keep in mind too, I limit myself to "special meals" like that to once ot wtoce a week.

    I won't eat Christmas cookies one day, go out to eat the next day and then have a Holiday party that Saturday.

    I do follow the 80% and 20% rule, I eat well and lower calorie 80% f the time, and even that 20% that I allow myself a treat, I don't go crazy and forget that this food will affect my body, and my goals.

    You are doing great! Keep in mind as a Young man though your metablosim is different than women, and people that are older, some have to be more careful.

    Take care!
    1932 days ago
    SOOOOO, how did you do? I was able to keep to a good intake level and still enjoy all the food. Were you able to pull back a bit so you don't have to starve yourself this week?
    1944 days ago
    Great plan. But so hard to stay away from leftover pie for breakfast!

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    1945 days ago
    Giving in to shame over enjoying a special feast is definately a problem. Enjoy your holiday tomorrow, no guilt! Me, its just a Thursday, so I'm gonna have leftovers and then go visit a friend. :)
    1945 days ago
    So true! Thanks for sharing!
    1946 days ago
    I will being using moderation and have already uped my fitness , as i do over the winter every year . Wishing you a happy and relaxing Holiday .
    1946 days ago
    You're young my friend and you can handle this better than an old man like me. LOL The other day I ate a bit over my limit at a buffet and it ruined my luncheon enjoyment with feeling overstuffed. So while I agree that these events should not be a time for guilt and shame, there is no need to over do it to the point of pain.

    The other thing is Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks, be with friends and family and reflect on more than excess eating. I've often felt guilty that on the special day of thinking and praying for others with less, that I ended up eating more than my share. So I plan to taste EVERYTHING out there, but in small amounts. ;-)
    1947 days ago
    Healthy eating habits are, at the core, a healthy relationship with food, whatever that means to each person. Some people may have a problem being too obsessed with every calorie, some may have a problem with taking too many opportunities to overeat.

    However, I think everyone can benefit from focusing NOT on the food, but on the people around you, the purpose of this holiday, or even just the chance to rest for 4 days after a stressful work week.

    Any way, enjoy the holiday, and good luck in your competition!
    1947 days ago
    Sorry, there's no way I'm going to overstuff myself the way I used to. It only leads to feeling very uncomfortable afterward.

    I plan on eating in roughly the same range and macronutrient ratio as I do, every day.

    It has nothing to do with guilt or deprivation or obsession.

    It has to do with knowing how what I eat makes me physically feel, and that eating an abundance of sugar and starch sends me spiraling into binges.

    And you do, whatever makes YOU happy! :-)


    1947 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/19/2012 5:15:25 PM
    I plan on having a big honkin' piece of every pie presented. NO SHAME.
    1947 days ago
    Thankfully, we don't have 100 people all gathering together for Thanksgiving. That means we don't have 10 dessert options or 3 different kinds of sweet potato casserole! I plan to eat whatever I want, but I am also planning some extra workouts. Running Wednesday night with my sister, and probably Thursday morning too.
    1947 days ago
    Yes...moderation. Holiday...not holi-month. I like that! Have a wonderful celebration!
    1947 days ago
    Hear hear --- Agree agree, unless your walking the stage on Saturday! I am not, therefor I am enjoying.
    1947 days ago
    I think this is a great sentiment, and I'd agree with you in theory. However, I personally have two problems with not being choosy and overeating: 1) I can always feel the difference, and 2) I can always see the difference. For example, a few weeks ago I was working at a local internist's practice and had forgotten to bring my lunch. Lunch that day was Pizza Hut, and I had no choice but to eat a slice. I felt absolutely horrible and nauseated the rest of the afternoon because my body is no longer adapted to handle that kind of food anymore. That now happens to me if I eat overly greasy food or more than a very small portion of overly sweet food. And secondly, every time I indulge and overeat by a significant number of calories, I always see it reflected in my body fat percentage for that week or the following. It just is how it is for me. I think my body just takes advantage of every single opportunity to put on more fat. I can eat whatever I want occasionally, but I can't ever overeat by a lot.

    But I wholeheartedly support doing just that if it brings you joy and satisfaction and lets you not feel deprived.

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    1948 days ago
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