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Taking the day off again this year.  I still watch my portions mind you but I'm not going to worry about calorie intake...

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I'm with you. Smile  Love Thanksgiving!

I'm doing the same :) It's only once a year, so I don't see a reason to deprive myself. Plus, how often are you presented with 3 kinds of pie at once?

Original Post by elfkittie22:

I'm doing the same :) It's only once a year, so I don't see a reason to deprive myself. Plus, how often are you presented with 3 kinds of pie at once?

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I'm definitely going to TRY to have portion control... but I know once I start eating... all hell will break loose! Tongue out

I agree  I'm not going to feel guilty about celebrating!!  I notice when I am dieting though, I still eat less at these traditional pig-outs  than when I am just eating without any structures....

Original Post by rollingbear:

I agree  I'm not going to feel guilty about celebrating!!  I notice when I am dieting though, I still eat less at these traditional pig-outs  than when I am just eating without any structures....

Ditto, I find myself being satisfied with much less food and if I try to eat as much as I used to my body does not like it at all.

It's a holiday.. I take all holidays off.  OK I take all REAL holidays off.  I don't worry about it.  I might go for a run on Friday or something, but honestly I am not worried about it. 

I love Thanksgiving yummy yummy

In a way I'm quite glad not to be from the States:P...no Halloween to tempt me nor Thanksgiving. But having that said...I'm sure I can still find ways to take days off:D Hope you all enjoy it:)

I'm taking the meal off but not the whole day.  I'll eat a sensible breakfast, try not to go too crazy on the booze, and even though my desserts are totally decadent I'm still trying to make the offerings healthier (adding mashed cauliflower and turnip to the potatoes, using fat free cream of mushroom on the green bean casserole, whole wheat on the rolls, etc...) but I'm not going to feel any guilt at all over the meal.  I'm also not going to eat any leftovers.  If I do that then I'm having three Thanksgiving meals, not one.  That's what's nice about going out of town for the holiday!  I'm cooking at my best friend's house, then leaving everything there when I come back to my home town.

I'm really worried.  I have so many plans starting tonight.  Tonight is a bar night since my friend is here from out of state. So i think I will be the DD tonight.  Then another bar night Wed night. Then Thursday dinner with a friend so I will be drinking, Friday dinner with my brother. I never go out this much!!! this is crazy so I am really nervous about this week.  But I am just going to limit myself to one drink and watch my portions and still workout on those days also. 

Have a happy Turkey day everyone!!

I have a question.....I decided to take Thanksgiving Day off too, but how would I enter that into my Food Log? 

Thats what taking the day of means.  You don't enter it into the food log.

Should I check the day as complete?  Maybe I should just log 6000 cals and get it over with....(j/k)

I just take a rough estimate of what my cals will be and mark the day as complete.

It's nice to take a day off once in a [GREAT] while, but some of us are diabetics, and a "day off" could end up being a day spent in the emergency room! So what am I going to do this Thanksgiving?

1. Limit myself to 5 favorites. Face it, you don't have to eat 15 different dishes to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner. Choose 5 items that "make" Thanksgiving for you. I chose foods I associated with my childhood holidays. (turkey with fat free gravy, dressing, cranberry sauce, broccoli casserole, sweet potatoes)

2. Limit portion sizes to half a normal portion for everything but the lean turkey. I need my protein, so I will eat about 2 ounces of roasted turkey breast. But I will only eat 2 tablespoons of the fat free gravy, 3 tablespoons of the dressing, 1 tablespoon of the cranberry sauce, 1/4 cup of the broccoli casserole, and 3 tablespoons of the sweet potatoes. This will prevent a carb overload.

3. Control the ingredients of as many dishes as you can. I mentioned fat free turkey gravy: I find that as a packaged mix, so I'm bringing that to our feast. I make it with chicken broth in place of water, and add a bit of evaporated skimmed milk. I'm also looking into a healthier, calorie reduced broccoli casserole, which I also volunteered to bring. I may even take my own (baked) sweet potato. I can drizzle it with a teaspoon of maple syrup and skip the heavy syrup and marshmallow topping.

4. I have vowed to eat only 1 bite of my husband's pumpkin pie. I will not allow myself to be served a piece of my own. I'll take tiny bites of it and savor every one.

5. If I'm still not satisfied after all that food, I am bringing a raw vegetable tray, and I'll just snack and fill up on those. For drinks, club soda with a lime twist works for me.

One of the most effective ways to deal with holiday eating is to have a game plan BEFORE you enter the playing field. I hope this helps some of you out there who may not be comfortable with taking a day off. Cheers, everyone!

 

Yes. I probably will eat significantly more than I should at the main meal, and hopefully will enjoy it immensely.  I probably will not log my intake, and our fitness center is closed.

I am doing all the cooking, though, so at least I know what is in the food and can keep the recipes as healthy as possible without making them "diet".

I'll have a lot of cut veggies (celery, peppers, carrots, cucumbers, etc.) that I can fall back on if I just want to keep munching;  My "full-stomach" to brain link is pretty non-existent.

My biggest downfall is usually overeating bread (which I avoid for the most part most of the time).  For that reason, I may buy rolls rather than make them -- and try to employ the homemade-bread-snob factor to keep myself in control.

We are also having soup and salad before the main course. Maybe, just maybe, that will aid in me choosing which high calorie foods I will eat (rather than all of them.)

In the end, though, even if I eat way too much-- which is the usual outcome-- I'll be OK with it. No guilt. 

If I gain, I know I have to lose -- but I will give myself about a week on good choices before forcing myself to weigh in. That is a strategy that seems to have worked pretty well for me in maintaining for about 4 months now.

 

For me, my problem each holiday, or any food related gathering, is somehow feeling the need to take what ever I like because if I don't, someone might take it before me.  Silly I know and I've no clue why my brain works like that since I've never been deprived, but I've been getting better on that and my portion controls are getting better so I too am taking Thanksgiving off and just watching my portion control.  I'd be an unhappy camper if I gave up one of my fave meals of the year... 

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone! Smile

I am going to try to take a slightly different approach.  I am providing a large supply of healthy options (i.e. veggies, fruits, etc.). I will try to watch portion  control, but won't care as much about the # of calories.  My weakness by far is sweets so that is the one thing I am going to stay away from.  To accomplish this, I am going to try to make desserts that I don't enjoy that much (i.e. no chocolate, pumpkin pie maybe - and no ice cream).  While someone says, it is only once a year - it doesn't seem that way to me. We have Thanksgiving, then Christmas, then Valentine's Day, then Easter, and millions of parties in between! Everytime I want to get on the diet it seems that there is a big occassion to celebrate with food.  We are also doing the Turkey Trot in the morning of Thanksgiving - a good way to start the day and a very fun run!

Good luck for Thanksgiving everyone! Stay strong.

Original Post by emmasmomma2008:

For me, my problem each holiday, or any food related gathering, is somehow feeling the need to take what ever I like because if I don't, someone might take it before me.  Silly I know and I've no clue why my brain works like that since I've never been deprived, but I've been getting better on that and my portion controls are getting better so I too am taking Thanksgiving off and just watching my portion control.  I'd be an unhappy camper if I gave up one of my fave meals of the year... 

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!

Yeah, I do this too, I don't know why! 'Tis weird. I've been working on this with myself the past couple of months, when I realized that's why sometimes I eat more than I need to. I'm also trying to tell myself that "If I don't get to try it, it's NOT the end of the world," even though my taste buds think it is. :p

My concern about Tgiving is the leftovers. I'm hosting this year (my first time!) and I will send some of the leftovers home with my guests, but I know I'll be left with a lot. My inclination is to "healthify" everything (reduced fat butter, sugar substitute, lowfat ice cream...) but I don't want to disappoint my guests with food that is less than their expectations.

What are everyone else's plans for leftovers and/or sneaking healthy substitutes for things? Maybe I'll just double my exercise in the days after Tgiving.

-Maddy M

I've been thinking about the holiday season for months now, maybe a bit too much! I'm down 21 pounds and I don't want to trigger any old habits by letting my hair down and not having a game plan during this holiday season. I decided to workout Thanksgiving morning in my home and do about 30-45 minutes of cardio. I plan to eat a good breakfast and have a Kellog fiber one bar on the drive to dinner. That should help out a lot. I will not count calories Thanksgiving Day but I think by working out and eating healthy the morning and early afternoon of my mind and body will have no desire to over indulge as I have in the past. 

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