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Eat Light At Thanksgiving?

Are you crazy?!
"I'll be good until then. I'll get back on right after. But Thanksgiving? Forget about it!"
"Puh-lease! One day won't hurt!"
Let's face it, the majority of us will splurge (the average American consumes more than 4,500 calories and a whopping 229 grams of fat!) on Thanksgiving day. But for some of us the issue isn't a one day increase in calories. Losing control on that one day can set us off on a binge that will cost us in many ways.
Those who don't have a "food head" will overeat on Thanksgiving, and, the next day, go on with life. They won't think about it other than to reflect on all the fun memories they made with family and friends.
And then there's the rest of us. If you are blessed to have a struggle with food, overeating on Thanksgiving takes on a whole new meaning. Many of us will keep it in check as long as we can. But once we begin, we really lose it. We say things like ...
... "Well, as long as I'm "off," where's that pecan pie?"
... "I might as well enjoy the rest of the weekend, too. I'll start again on Monday."
... "There's still half a pumpkin bread left. I better finish it so I'm not tempted by it later."
... "Up three pounds?! Shoot! I'll skip my weigh-in, starve for two days and get it off, then go back to normal dieting and hopefully lose another pound before I have to weigh-in next week."
If you never had thoughts like these before, skip the rest of this blog. If it sounds familiar to you, it's time for a Thanksgiving makeover. LISTEN TO ME HERE: We don't necessarily need to eat less than anyone else, but we do need to stay in control. Are you willing to do that?
Of course, one bite — or even one day — won't hurt our weight, but it does affect our head. What do they say in AA? It's the first drink that gets you drunk. And so it is with us and food.
We exhibit crazy, out-of-control behavior once we're "off". We eat the rest of the desserts, because they're there. We scarf down the remaining stuffing and gravy, because we're "off". We eat all the candied pecans, because we only get them once a year. We finish off every bite of anything we can find, just because. Heck, most of us even know how to binge in plain site -- in the kitchen -- eating bite after bit of whatever is near us as we prepare whatever is on the stove. We arrange the brownies and there are four missing as we re-stack them -- no one is the wiser. We roll up stuffing in a slice of turkey and shove it in our mouths with our backs to our families as we stir the gravy. We've eaten 1,000 calories before we ever get to the table with no evidence at all. We're gooooooood.
There are three ways you can handle Thanksgiving successfully. All of them start with a plan. 
1. HAVE A SPLURGE DAY. Plan in second helpings. Plan in a slice of all three pies, Plan in the hors d'oeuvres and the wine. Plan in 1,000 calories, or 2,000, or more,  over your limit for the day. Go for it! But plan it out AHEAD OF TIME IN YOUR MEAL PLANNER and stick with (or under) what you planned. Don't start going for fourths if you only planned thirds. The point is to stay in control. 
2. HAVE A MAINTENANCE DAY. If you don't want to gain weight, but aren't concerned about losing either, add roughly 500 calories to your weight loss calories. In other words, eat at your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). Not sure what that is? CALCULATE HERE Again, make a plan and stick with it.
3. HAVE A WEIGHT LOSS DAY! Not only can this be done, it can be done leaving you satisfied both mentally and physically. You can eat a lot of food and still lose weight by lightening up some recipes and planning carefully. The benefit is not only weight loss, it's also momentum. You've worked hard to get your head in the game. Let's keep it going!
In all three cases, you get plenty of food. In all three cases you are 100% successful if you PREPLAN your day and STICK WITH IT. In all three cases you forefit one thing ... spontaneity. Spontaneity is the killer to any food addict's resolve. 
Make a plan. Stick with the plan (or eat less than the plan). It doesn't really matter which you choose as long as you stay in control. I know it's more fun to just forget about it for one day. But you've done that for years. It's time to make a small change.
You can do this! What will you choose?Psalm 100  For giving thanks.

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
    Worship the Lord with gladness;
    come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
    It is he who made us, and we are hisa];
    we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
    his faithfulness continues through all generations.


Kerry said:
May 02, 2016 12:00 AM
How do I blog

Nadeau said:
Feb 10, 2016 12:00 AM
Is there a meeting in Shelton on Wed Feb 10 at 6:30pm? The calendar shows meetings at beginning of Feb only. I am confused.

FreeIndeed said:
Jan 25, 2016 12:00 AM
I love Psalm 100. Must have needed it today. Thank you Kim. So wish your flatbread were sold in Walmart in Forest Lake, MN or even at Cub Foods. I think I saved my last wrap of the pkg describing it so maybe will take it in & see if they will get it for me & other!

Kerry said:
Dec 18, 2015 12:00 AM

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