Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I’m scared. Although this holiday is supposed to be about giving thanks for what we have, we celebrate that by practicing gluttony. Um, yeah, that makes total sense. Don’t get me wrong, I love Thanksgiving, getting together with family, watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, and enjoying the delicious smells that fill the house. But, there’s something to be said for giving thanks by gorging ourselves. I’ve never really thought about this until now. Perhaps it’s because I can’t eat like I normally would or maybe it’s because my relationship with food has seriously changed. Or, it just very well could be both. Now that I’ve finished with my rant (getting off my soap box now) it’s time I share with you my battle plan for successfully conquering this holiday!
Step 1: Don’t Skip Breakfast
Even though you may be tempted to skip breakfast so you can eat more at dinner, it’s not worth it. Skipping meals sends your body into starvation mode, which causes it to STORE fat. Thanksgiving is just another Thursday but with way more to do. Keep your daily routine the same as much as you possibly can. Last year and all the years before, I didn’t eat breakfast because I was too busy or because I wanted to save my appetite for dinner (which is really a late lunch). I’m not doing that this year. I will eat breakfast like it’s any other day. Everything else can wait 15 minutes. Look at it this way – this year you’re finally giving thanks for yourself by taking care of yourself.
Step 2: Don’t Sample Everything!
I don’t care how good it smells or how good it’s going to taste, stay away from it! You don’t need to sample everything you’re cooking. You already know what it tastes like so forget the extra calories. If something has to be tasted, have someone else do it.
Step 3: Fill Up Before Dinner
Well, maybe don’t fill up before dinner, but you know what I mean. Before you have dinner, eat a nice, healthy salad or something that’s healthy. I’m going to nosh on a salad before I go to dinner so I’m not tempted to eat a lot.
Step 4: Make Dishes You Can Eat
There are many ways to make your favorite dishes healthy so do it! I’ve been experimenting with a healthier version of mac and cheese and I’ll be making a small dish of that for myself. There’s no reason for me to deny myself one of my favorite foods if I don’t have to. We all have our favorite dishes so do some research to find out how you can make yours healthy. Here are a few websites to get you started:
I haven’t made a decision on which macaroni and cheese I’ll be making for Thanksgiving, but I’ll share the recipe with you once I’ve narrowed it down. This Thanksgiving will be done #MyDayMyWay because nothing is going to deter me from reaching my goals! I have two Thanksgiving dinners every year and I would normally eat a charge at each one. This year is going to be completely different because my mindset has definitely changed. Fortunately, my family fully supports me in my journey and that makes it much easier. However, I do have some of those family members who are going to say, “It’s Thanksgiving. It’s a holiday. You can work it off.” Bump that! It’s just another day of food for me. Why? Because I have a goal to become healthy and, by golly, I’m going to reach it! I hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving! If you do happen to fall off the weight loss wagon, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get back on that sucker as soon as possible.
I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy – I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it. – Art Williams