100 lb. Club - (CDN) Thanksgiving--How will you cope?




Alana in Canada
10-05-2009, 09:22 PM
It's snuck up on me--it'll be this Sunday.

I'm not sure, exactly, what to do. I'm in charge of the menu and though the food we "tradtionally" make is healthy--it does have little touches which make it "special." (Like tablespoons of honey, and butter, pecans, that sort of thing), the luxurious pumpkin pie, etc.

I do not want to "take away" these special dishes from the rest of the family to suit MY dietary needs--and besides, I like these twice a year dishes, as well. I'm thinking that perhaps I could go off my rather rigid exchange plan for the day and simply do what most of you do and count up the calories and let myself prioritize accordingly. I'll have to think about it.

But, let's talk.....
Are you guest or host?
What will you do?


PinkFlamingo
10-05-2009, 09:33 PM
Luckily my parents are in Florida this Thanksgiving, so we won't have the usual dinner!

I looove stuffing though! And gravy! *drool*

StellarGirl
10-05-2009, 09:39 PM
When I started my plan...I promised that I wouldn't change the way that I eat on holidays or on Vacation. My thought is...what's the worst thing that can happen if you splurge on one day? I feel like I would just be deprived and sad if I didn't have what I wanted on holidays. With that being said...since I've started my new plan I am sure that I will WANT to eat less. And just because I splurged on that day...doesn't mean that the next day I need to eat leftovers or say the whole week is ruined.
It's definitely a personal choice...if you're an all or nothing kind of person...it might be better for you to make sure you make yourself a different meal or create some new traditions for your family to eat on Thanksgiving.
Bottom line though...even though this answer might be unpopular on here, I say go for it. Don't build resentment toward your new lifestyle...have some wiggle room. For me...it's something to look forward to that actually KEEPS me on plan...let it be something motivational for you.


PinkFlamingo
10-05-2009, 09:45 PM
I agree... we should be allowed little treats now and then!!! I fully intend to eat pie and drink wine at Christmas!

Windchime
10-05-2009, 10:10 PM
I will probably host Thanksgiving this year (in the US). I plan to eat a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, complete with mashed potatoes and gravy. What I *won't* do is eat till I'm sick and stuffed, which is what I normally do. So I'm going kind of middle of the road on it. I will have pie; but I'll have one slice of pie, not 2 or 3. I'll have stuffing and turkey, but I'll be lighter on the stuffing and heavier on the turkey. Things like that.

I'm trying to come up with a sensible plan for life. My thought is that I will do my best to make sensible, healthy choices for the majority of my life, and if I do that, a plate of potatoes and gravy once or twice a year will be a non-event as far as weight goes. I didn't get fat from eating one Thanksgiving dinner; I got fat by stuffing myself silly on crap at every opportunity. So that's how I plan to approach it--have a nice holiday dinner, eat reasonable portions, and go right back to normal the next day.

Alana in Canada
10-05-2009, 10:28 PM
Windchime, you are a sensible woman!

Thanks everyone. My husband loves the pumpkin pie I make: I wonder if we'll notice if I use low fat cream cheese instead of full in the filling?

We don't actually have mashed potatos and gravy! Funny, that. No, I make a dish called sweet potato and carrot crisp, a corn and bean salad, crockpot stuffing and turkey. Buns, pickles and sliced tomatoes. Dessert is simply a decadenty pumpkin pie and whipped cream. And a few cookies if I can persuade my Mom to bring some.

Turkey is a nice low fat meat to have as leftovers. I've already got a Turkey soup planned and a lean (crustless) Turkey Pot Pie. (Biscuit topping).

Sorry. I should have put a food porn warning on this post!

Move along, move along...nothing to see here....

CanadianCutie
10-05-2009, 11:02 PM
Mmmmmmm. That all sounds so good Alana. I don't have to worry about Thanksgiving this year. I will be here in the US for Canadian Thanksgiving, and in Canada for US Thanksgiving. That will make it easier to stay on plan. My boyfriend is being very supportive, and is willing to eat healthier while I'm here.

shcirerf
10-05-2009, 11:27 PM
Turkey is not bad, mashed potatoes can be made with skim milk and skip the butter, canned or packet gravy is low cal, although a lot of salt, veggies are ok as long as they are not smothered in cheese.

As far as pie, their are great recipes for less fattening pumpkin pie, and if you don't tell, most won't even notice. WE even figured out how to make my sisters peanut butter pie more healthy, and it's still to die for.

As far as our family goes, we've been trying very hard the last few years to make the desserts better. We're doing well with portion control, and we go for a walk later and string all of Gramma's outside Christmas lights, climbing the big pine trees and all.

The 2 things none of us will give up are, Gramma's home made rolls and her pecan pie. I know, the pecan pie will turn your blood to sludge with all the sugar, but we compromised on smaller servings. She's 93! :cb::bravo: OMG! and the recipe for the pie will most likely go with her, as it's not written down anywhere.

One day off plan is one day. Not the end of the world. Portion control, an extra 20 minute walk and just enjoy the family!

shcirerf
10-05-2009, 11:29 PM
Forgot to add my sisters recipe for corn.

2 cans of corn drained and 1 packet of fat free cream cheese, toss in the oven, crock pot or pan, and stir until all mixed and smooth. Yummy!

ANewCreation
10-06-2009, 12:21 AM
I'm always the hostess. My plan is to serve basically what I usually serve but cutting down on not only the amounts I eat but also the amount I prepare so there aren't so many leftovers.

I'm with the rest of you--reasonable portions of the things I enjoy. One day out of the month is not going to set me back!

kasmin
10-06-2009, 12:25 AM
I'm living abroad, but am still hosting a get together this weekend. No turkey unfortunately. I am one of those people who doesn't react well to the feeling of being restricted. So I am going to try to eat sensibly, but partake of the goodies. The real question is can I get right back on the wagon the next day? How do you girls manage to only make it only a one day thing?

lottie63
10-06-2009, 12:53 AM
I'm going to eat everything, within' moderation. (Except turkey, I'm bringing a seitan stuffed 'turkey' with me) if I ate anything less than everything, (in moderation) my mom would have a fit.

I am guest.

:P

cfmama
10-06-2009, 01:02 AM
I allow myself a very little bit of my favourite foods. Lots of salad and TONS of white meat turkey. But I do work in my fav's within reason and just count up the calories.

I'm a guest at TWO thanksgiving dinners this year!

SwimGirl
10-06-2009, 01:05 AM
I am both hosting and being a guest, not sure if that makes sense! I will be helping with dinner at my grandma and aunt's place, but am technically a guest also.. Also on that day is my great uncle's birthday - which means cake for lunch! Yikes! Not too sure how I'm going to deal with it all - the cake is a non-issue since I don't like cake (whats wrong with me?!?). It's the homemade perogies, two types of stuffing and the mashed potatoes - with 3% milk! I will likely go off plan, and then pick right back up afterwards.

-Aimee

CLCSC145
10-06-2009, 01:22 AM
Here's my thought on holidays: Have the special foods, but eat everyday sized portions. The problem with holiday meals is more about the snacking all day ahead of time, the mounding of the plate at mealtime, the seconds/thirds/fourths, the eating of more than one dessert because there is more than one kind offered, the sneaking into the kitchen late at night to have just one more "bite", and the leftovers that keep you eating at that level for days.

If you treat the rest of the day like an on plan day, eat reasonable portions of the special foods at the meal, avoid seconds, have a small taste of dessert, don't snack on food after the meal, send the leftovers home with everyone else, and get right back on the diet horse the next day, then the fun of your holiday is going to far outpace any damage you might have done to your weight loss efforts.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving! :thanks2: I'm looking forward to ours. It's my favorite meal of the year...

Windchime
10-06-2009, 02:15 AM
I'm living abroad, but am still hosting a get together this weekend. No turkey unfortunately. I am one of those people who doesn't react well to the feeling of being restricted. So I am going to try to eat sensibly, but partake of the goodies. The real question is can I get right back on the wagon the next day? How do you girls manage to only make it only a one day thing?

I just keep reminding myself that there is no going back to the old way. It's not an option any longer for me, because going back to the old way means wearing those big, ugly jeans that made me cry when I bought them. Going back means having a heavy, matronly bosom sagging down over a big full tummy. Going back means feeling ashamed to go out and socialize, or embarassed to think of flirting with a man because of how much I weigh. So that's how I stay on track.

I went to a tailgate party and hockey game Saturday night. It was tons of fun, and I went WAY off plan--two hot dogs, 3 beers, assorted snacks. I think I was about 7-800 calories over; it was hard to count because nothing was measured. But the next day, I packed up the leftover triscuits and chips and sent them home with my son, because I knew if I had that stuff around I would snack on it.

So: No going back to the old way. That's in the past. And to facilitate my new policy, no trigger foods in the house. No triscuits, no tortilla chips (because I know that I will want to melt cheese on them), no beer in the fridge. Because everyone, repeat after me: Every day is NOT a tailgate party! ;-)

DCHound
10-06-2009, 08:33 AM
I know US Thanksgiving is a good ways away but I'm ready already. I'll be a guest at a friend's and I'm bringing my everyday chicken and lettuce. I'll have a couple bites of turkey with it and that's it. None of the sides, no desserts. I am getting too close to fitting into those 14s. I care about that a lot more than dressing and pie. I want to be a solid 14 by Christmas; that's a lot more important to me than any food, anywhere.

funnycanadiangirl
10-06-2009, 09:14 AM
Ohhhh... I forgot it was Thanksgiving this weekend......

I'm living abroad, and my friends wanted to have a Thanksgiving dinner for me. While it was really sweet, I think I've dissuaded them from it - unhealthy food plus homesickness would likely equal a terrible day off plan (and not much of a party either!)

We always host, and while my dad is an amazing cook I often try to take the reins on at least a few vegetable dishes to make sure I have sides that aren't potatoes, don't include butter or brown sugar, and in no way involve cheese sauce! I think the key for me is enjoying the things I like to eat that day, and avoiding leftovers like the plague! Also, I think that you can make little modifications to your meal that will help - as an example... if your family likes sweet potatoes, but they're in some calorie-ridden casserole, buy and extra one and bake or roast it seperately. But really, don't deprive yourself of the things you love and try not to worry too much. Just enjoy the time with your family!

Man, I'm going to miss Thanksgiving. Boourns. But, I'm already thinking ahead to Christmas dinner and what kind of planning I'll have to do for that! lol

time2lose
10-06-2009, 09:52 AM
Windchime originally posted I just keep reminding myself that there is no going back to the old way. It's not an option any longer for me, because going back to the old way means wearing those big, ugly jeans that made me cry when I bought them. Going back means having a heavy, matronly bosom sagging down over a big full tummy. Going back means feeling ashamed to go out and socialize, or embarassed to think of flirting with a man because of how much I weigh. So that's how I stay on track.

Wonderful post! You are very right and I will remember this!

I hope that all of you that are celebrating Thanksgiving this coming weekend, have a wonderful day!

I have already made plans for our Thanksgiving in Nov. Our Thanksgiving last year was successful so I am just repeating this year. Our family is getting together at DD's home because she is located in the center geographically. I will go a day early to help with the preparations. My mother is a diabetic, my father has heart disease and several of us need to watch our weight, so we have plenty of healthy options.

I will allow myself 1800 calories for the day and will balance that out with a 1200 calorie day before and after. I am not wild about dressing so I will have turkey and vegetables. My spurge will be mashed potatoes without gravy and maybe a roll. I make a frozen sugar free pie with 180 calories a slice that will be desert for several of us.

My primary focus will be family, not food. I am grateful to still have both of my parents. I am aware that every holiday may be my last with them so I appreciate every moment. I will get lots of exercise helping my daughter with the housework preparing and playing with my grandchildren. This year I will be able to run around with them in the backyard and look forward to it. I will get my resistance exercise lifting my youngest grandson in the air. He loves it and keeps asking for more! It is quite a workout. My older grandson will go for a walk with me Thanksgiving afternoon for a little one on one attention.

Life is good and even better since I can physically do so much more than I could in the past.

hpnodat
10-06-2009, 10:00 AM
I will probably host Thanksgiving this year (in the US). I plan to eat a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, complete with mashed potatoes and gravy. What I *won't* do is eat till I'm sick and stuffed, which is what I normally do. So I'm going kind of middle of the road on it. I will have pie; but I'll have one slice of pie, not 2 or 3. I'll have stuffing and turkey, but I'll be lighter on the stuffing and heavier on the turkey. Things like that.

I'm trying to come up with a sensible plan for life. My thought is that I will do my best to make sensible, healthy choices for the majority of my life, and if I do that, a plate of potatoes and gravy once or twice a year will be a non-event as far as weight goes. I didn't get fat from eating one Thanksgiving dinner; I got fat by stuffing myself silly on crap at every opportunity. So that's how I plan to approach it--have a nice holiday dinner, eat reasonable portions, and go right back to normal the next day.

This.

I was gonna type something and I realized you already said it for me. 'Cept I need to add that I will be having wine with my meal as well. ;)

Trazey34
10-06-2009, 11:12 AM
The past few years I've done the same thing with Thanksgiving & Christmas. I will never NOT love my mom's turkey dinner LOL So I PLAN FOR IT. I up the exercise that week, cut back on the treats, and enjoy a nice full plate of all my favourites, gravy included, and do not go back for seconds and do not have leftovers (just the white meat & the carcass to make stock). I completely and utterly savour that plate, I look forward to it and enjoy it and then it's over. it's not a WEEK of enjoyment, it's one meal. And I'm sorry but I refuse to make over those 2 holiday meals with fake substitutes LOL. It's all about the ONE plate and not a week or two of indulgences. Same with Christmas. When presented with shortbread cookies, I say "no thanks, i'm saving up for christmas dinner" :D

MugCanDoIt
10-06-2009, 12:10 PM
Oh Gosh, I cant possibly think of this yet.....what a time I have during these situations. Last yr Thanksgiving sent me into a 3 month long binge. I have to start working on a plan............must ponder on this.

Alana in Canada
10-06-2009, 04:46 PM
When presented with shortbread cookies, I say "no thanks, i'm saving up for christmas dinner"

I like that!

Mug, please don't panic. When you're ready, Let us know your thoughts in your own thread, too.

Mango30
10-06-2009, 05:08 PM
My motto for "sin foods" is that they will always be there. I will always have the option to eat them eventually. If I feel like I can't maintain control, I skip them. If I have a goal to meet, I skip them. With holidays it can be hard, especially where I live because it seems like thanksgiving and christmas are month long food binges. I only eat the "special" meal the day of the holiday, no leftovers, no pre-celebrations at the office, or at the school. If I didn't limit myself, I'd be eating thanksgiving dinners up until two weeks before christmas when those holiday feasts begin.