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POPSECRET SparkPoints: (84,552)
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11/18/12 7:58 P

Hopefully this year will be a little easier on my waist than past years because I'm doing all the cooking. I'm making turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, roasted veggies (brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, parsnips) and steamed green beans. My splurge will most likely be wine!

Haven't completely decided, but since there's only two of us I probably won't do a dessert. That way I won't have to worry about the leftovers!

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11/18/12 3:59 P

Holidays are difficult for me but I'm trying to not fall off the wagon. I found a good blog that has some tips that I'll be using this year for a strategy.

I'll let you know after the holidays how I did.

- RM

STARDUST2K4 Posts: 1,376
11/18/12 12:49 P

Usually, I just say "to heck with it" and eat whatever I want on Thanksgiving without tracking or anything. This year, I will still eat whatever I want, but I will make sure and track everything. There's no excuse for me not to track.

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11/18/12 11:41 A

For many yrs Thanksgiving was a big family event 30+ with just parents, 3 siblings & their families. Even then I started my Thanksgiving strategy of eating. Avoid things you make at home and focus on reasonable portions of holiday specialties. Because we traveled 3 hrs to get there, I usually brought veggie tray or a vegetable dish. If I ever do bring something sweet or fat to a gathering, I reduce sugar and use non-fat, skim type dairy products in them. I never lost any weight, but I didn't gain any because of Thanksgiving indulgence.

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11/18/12 11:22 A

I'm going to my son's godparents house. They are originally from New Orleans and they love to cook and eat. When they serve you, they load your plate up. So I'm going to cheat on this day but i will be eating in small portions because I worked to hard for weeks to get where I am now. So I want let one day bog me down or stop me. So I'll be working out daily if I can to make up for Thanksgiving.

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11/18/12 10:34 A

I'm dog sitting for my niece so I'll be cooking at her house. I'm planning on cooking a turkey breast, stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and french green beans. For dessert I love mincemeat pie, so I'm going to make tarts using phyllo shells and will calculate the nutrition info on the recipe section. By making tarts I won't be tempted to eat the whole pie, will have easy portion control and will freeze some for later. I know I'll have other leftovers and am already planning on portioning and freezing the turkey for future meals. I'm going to take some whole grain pita bread with me in case an evening sandwich urge hits. My biggest challenge will be the whole berry cranberry sauce, (which I can eat it by the can) so that may be my "splurge" food but I can't eat the whole can because I'll need some for sandwiches.

I'm also going to go join the crazy people shopping since Walmart is advertising a 6 quart slow cooker for about $10.00 and a small one (2 quart?) for $4.00. I don't have a slow cooker and this will be my excuse to get one (and get in some walking).


AURORA629 Posts: 2,393
11/18/12 9:31 A

I am looking forward to Thanksgiving as a day off from my diet. It will be back to diet as usually the very next day.

SAXYSAI Posts: 664
11/18/12 1:06 A

1)I think it is completely doable to eat well on Thanksgiving. Turkey is lean meat, if you eat it without the skin. Eat veggies and a small portion of stuffing or mashed potatoes, and you haven't done much harm.

2)If you are going to someone else's for Thanksgiving, bring a healthy dish to be shared. I am bringing a veggie tray with low-fat ranch.

3)Within reason, allow yourself to cheat. I'm not a dessert eater, but if you are, allow yourself a small portion of dessert.

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11/18/12 12:42 A

I'm in recovery from an eating disorder so having a plan and strategies is really, really important.

I'm going to participate in The Renfrew Centers (eating disorders treatment place) webinar on Monday. That will give me the boost to stay focused.

I'm planning to stay out of the kitchen!! i don't want to accidentally look at the calories on the back of items.

I'm going to probably have someone else gauge the serving sizes and email my therapist with my progress.

I plan to distract myself by planning my black friday shopping trip and keeping my mind and hands very busy. {I'm so close to one year without bulimia!}


TACDGB Posts: 6,136
11/18/12 12:18 A

yes I do. Plan on working out that day. Plan on eating favorite meat. No dessert for me........not a real fan anyway. For me it's not about the food anyway. just being thankful for what God gave me.

DTHOMAS28 Posts: 75
11/17/12 8:11 P

Anyone want to share?
I'm going to eat good all week (thats the plan) and just have Thursday be my cheat day.
I have already decided I'm going to allow myself to have a skinny slice of pumpkin pie along with the Turkey and stuffing. Usually I have my thanksgiving feast for lunch and dinner and also the next day. I'm thinking I shouldn't let this meal carry over like I use to. Probably just splurge on Thursday then move on after that!
Anyone else already have a plan in place?

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