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turkey day strategy

I'm going to see a movie in the evening after dinner. I can typically eat very well for dinner and enjoy a normal portion of dessert, but it's so tough as the evening wears on and all the food is just staring at me and everyone else just keeps nibbling. So, I'm just getting out of the house!

Mon. Nov 20, 8:58am

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I'm going to have a good week....

and then tell myself - "don't blow your weekly calorie deficit with this one meal! Soo not worth it!"

I'm having my sisters here staying with me and am cooking nice, home-cooked meals for them all week and Thanksgiving at in-laws. My plan is to have my 5-6 small meals every two hours and treat this week like any other. On Thanksgiving I will have 4 meals - 8am, 10am, noon, and 2pm - then a small plate at Thanksgiving dinner. Only veggies and fruit for appetizer - they're not having anything I haven't had before or that I can't eat anytime during the year. I'll let myself indulge on maybe one special thing and then write in a notebook the other things that look tasty and make plans for these other things, one-at-a-time on my once a week free meal.

Monday, November 20, 2006, 9:20 AM

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We're going to some friends' home for dinner so no leftovers in our house! It's just one meal that we're not in control of so we're good.

Monday, November 20, 2006, 9:27 AM

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The no leftovers is a good one. We have avoded taking them home in the past. Plus, we always have two days of celebration, one with his family and one with mine.

This year one of the meals is at my house. I am making a diabetic friendly menu in honor of my Mom. So that is going to save on a lot of calories, especially, if we implement portion control.

Monday, November 20, 2006, 11:02 AM

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I'm nervous, actually. My only plan so far is to workout a.m., limit my portions and have 3 bites of dessert. But that's probably still a lot more food than normal.

Monday, November 20, 2006, 2:29 PM

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With turkey being a diet staple, the meal itself isn't going to be my problem. I'm more worried about the hors d'oeuvres stuff....you know, the artichoke dip and stuff like that. The good news is that I'm the host and nobody's bringing anything, so I just won't make things I'm tempted by - I'll just make things they like and I don't. Except I will have the damn artichoke dip -- I'll just reach for lite wheat thins instead of greasy Fritos.

I guess you could say that my strategy is to limit myself to one "bad" snacky food and one caloric drink (choosing hot cider over alcohol...yumm) and just eat the turkey dinner without treating it like it's The Last Supper instead of just Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 20, 2006, 5:24 PM

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not my last chance to eat gravy

MY plan: (I have 24 points/day plus I will have about 5 or 6 flex points left
do 4 point workout in a.m.
eat no more than 6 points until dinner (fill up on veggies, tea, etc)
At dinner skip "empty stuff or nonfavorites; wine, butter, crackers, etc.
Tell my host that I will make and bring side dishes with no oil: (they are actually happy, because they have less work, and they like to eat light too)
baked sweet potatoes (1 cup = 3 points, I like to add cinnamon and chili powder),
sauteed green beans (0) possibly add chopped Canadian bacon (1/serving),
marinated "zero point" mushrooms (cook whole criminis with minced garlic, salt, pepper, parsley(or fave herb), vinegar and a tiny bit of water until tender),
spaghetti squash with garlic (0)
At dinner:
2 turkey slices (4), 1/2 C mashed potato (2), 1/4 C gravy (2), roll (3), 2 deviled egg 'halves' (3), 1/4 C cranberry sauce (2), 6 olives (1), 1/4 C stuffing (2). 1/8 Pumpkin Pie, no whipped cream (6), coffee and milk (1)
TOTAL: 26 points (started with 24, added 4 for exercise, ate 6 during the day, left with 22, use 4 flex points. I may even skip olives and cranberry sauce to have some wine : )


Monday, November 20, 2006, 7:30 PM

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