Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thanksgiving Success

It's Thanksgiving week, and then next month we have Christmas. Lots of food, feasting, indulging, and often, regret when January 1 rolls around. A lot of people... dieting or not, healthy eating or not... see Thanksgiving on the horizon, throw up their hands in surrender and say, "I give up! I know I am going to gain weight and eat crazy for the next 6 weeks. Oh well. I will recommit on January 1." Those New Year's resolutions, ugh. But didn't you do that last year? How long does the resolve last? Is this just another excuse to eat what you want and harm your body for the next month? After that, won't it be Valentine's Day? Someone's birthday? Anniversary? A special party? Don't forget Easter. There's always something.

How about treating November and December like any other month? After all, EVERY DAY over the next week is not Thanksgiving, and every day in December is not Christmas. If you want to indulge, just do it ON Thanksgiving Day and ON Christmas. Not every single day in between. What's the point of that?

Don't get me wrong. I know the joys of baking pies and cookies through the holiday season. I know there is an abundance of fudge and candy at this time of year. That's still no excuse to throw away 10% of 2008 and eat like a crazy person.

For those who want to indulge ON those two days, have at it. If you eat healthy and exercise on the other 27 days in between, you'll be fine, and probably even lose weight. But for me, I like to make Thanksgiving (and Christmas) healthier. I like to make foods we can all enjoy in moderation, knowing they are an indulgence but not going hog wild. For example, there is a BIG caloric/fat difference between 4 ounces of white meat turkey (118 calories, 2 grams of fat) and 4 ounces of dark meat with skin (265 calories, 15 grams of fat). Make wise choices.

Last year, I was able to have a delicious, satisfying, and healthier Thanksgiving by using my Recipes for Thanksgiving Success. I am going to use them again this year! They're delicious. Try them! Instead of pumpkin pie, how about some pumpkin custard? It's also great baked in individual ramekins, topped with a teaspoon of caramel sauce and a sprinkle of toasted pecans. After the big dinner is over, don't throw away your turkey carcass! You know, the bones that are left after you take most of the meat off and freeze it? Take those bones and make stock for delicious Turkey Soup (scroll down for the recipe, there is a Beer Bread recipe there too that is fantastic).

Above all, take some time to be thankful for all your rich blessings. Happy Thanksgiving!

15 comments:

Heather said...

I second that! nothing wrong with some indulgences, but its just a day (thanksgiving). no reason to stress or blow things out of control. Happy thanksgiving!

Twix said...

I agree wholeheartedly! Let's all have a Happy Thanksgiving!! :D

Hanlie said...

That is my philosophy too! I will indulge only on Christmas Eve and Christmas day and the rest of the time it will be business as usual.

Good luck to you this holiday season!

MizFitt said...

happy thanksgiving, Friend.

have a good, relaxing one.

carla said...

ooh look.

Im mizfiTT :)

Juice said...

Lyn,

I've just spent the past 15 minutes getting caught up on your blog. It is such a pleasure reading your thoughts. I find your attitude so positive and motivating! Thanks for blogging and sharing yourself with the rest of us. I look forward to hearing more about your success!

Hide those cookies said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I'm with you. It's two days--enjoy them! You have the rest of the year to diet.

Alexia@theonelastthing.com said...

Happy Thanksgiving! We scaled down this year and are going to have less food but delicious food -- and we are going to focus on each other.

Dinah Soar said...

Lyn--it's so good to see you coming back from the regain. It inspires me to keep on keeping on. I'm discovering that's key to success...continuing to pursue the goal in spite of setbacks. And you're right about not having a free for all from Thanksgiving to New Years. I'm going to have some goodies, but within my calorie range and I'm going to continue to eat healthfully through the holidays so I really can enjoy the occasional indulgence without regret.

Hope you and yours have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Paula said...

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Merry Mary said...

That is a great attitude to have. Happy Thanksgiving!

chad@afitsolutions.com said...

You're exactly right...Thanksgiving and Christmas are only two days! Great outlook for the Holidays.

Enjoy them...but not too much! ;)

Tamzin said...

I'm sooo going to make this pumpkin pudding! And Thankyou for the reminder that no matter what the meal or occation, we can always make the best choice on the table.

:)

Chris said...

I agree with you. It's all about the choices. I'm still working on dealing with stress and NOT stuffing myself with food for comfort.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I better get busy in the kitchen or we are going to be eating last night's leftovers. LOL

simple~needs said...

i found your blog while brwosing online. you are truely an inpsiration. i too, am way overweight..... i wont even say how much. just alot.
i am adding you to my blog roll.
kim