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Thanksgiving Survival Guide
Make it Through the Day...Guilt-Free
11/11/2012 11:18:43 PM
Okay I find it really hard to believe that Americans eat almost 700 pounds of turkey on Thanksgiving. That's more than 2 pounds a person (and I'm sure babies eat those 2 pounds as well). Anyway, my calories come from the pie :)
Not only did this article really help me feel better prepared and less worried about the upcoming holidays but it also got me to thinking about something. I've of course known the 3,500 number for years, since it's important to know for weight loss, and of course we all know that it's the extra calories that get converted to fat. But it was the way this author described it that really struck me. Doing the math: I'm roughly 100 pounds over my ideal weight. This means I have 350,000 unused calories, accumulated over 23 years, sitting in my body still waiting to be used. That really painted an amazing picture for me, and not a negative one but a positive. It's time to cash in all those 350,000 calories and put them to good use! Come on, calories, sitting time is over, you've got work to do, let's go! PS I can picture all those little fat globules saying, "Finally, we get to do something, yay!!!" :)
Thanksgiving and Xmas are always tough! I just remember to balance it out throughout the day within my calorie intake and I know it will all work out just fine. It takes the bricks off your shoulders when you have that in place to follow. Balance, balance, balance. :) Everyone have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I know I will.
The article makes excellent point about the "food coma". I have so often heard it blamed on the tryptophan in the turkey, it didn't even occur to me that it was because of just how much food is consumed. My family still does turkey at Thanksgiving, but at Christmas we stopped doing the big meal because it was just too much work. Instead we lay out a spread of simpler foods on the table so that people can get food as they want it. For me, the key is to NOT fill my plate each time I go to the table; only go to the table when I actually feel hungry; and each time I get food, half of what I take must be veggies and fruits.
This is my traditional Thanksgiving trick for not gaining any weight that week. I take 4 rubbermaid sealable plates with me to my Mom's. When I make my plate for dinner I use regular portions and I don't go back for seconds. WHY? Because when everyone is finished and I am cleaning up I make myself all 4 plates with normal protions and pack them in the cooler for the ride home. That way I can have another plate any time I want it and don't feel drprived from eating a normal right size portion at the main meal. I feel better, I don't gain and I get to enjoy that wonderful meal 4 more times and think about the wonderful conversation at the table. I have a guiltless Thanksgiving and Christmas this way.
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