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yespositively
11-08-2013, 11:22 AM
Hi all!

I'm only four days into IP and already I'm starting to think about Thanksgiving. I LOVE the holidays and take just as much pleasure in cooking the whole meal as I do eating it, but I'll be skipping it this year since I really want to slim down before visiting family over the Christmas holiday.

Fortunately it's just me and the dh this year so it'll be easy to do a scaled down version of the holiday.

Here's what I'm planning:

Roasted turkey (I'll skip the skin)
Green beans (might indulge in more than 1c since I love them)
Giant OP salad
Mashed potatoes (DH loves them, not sure if I will indulge)

Big changes:
Skipping the pie
Skipping the wine

I am thinking about making the turkey using this tandoori roasting kit (http://www.urbanaccents.com/Fall-tandoori-turkey-roasting-kit-p/3951.htm) to mix it up a little, and keep myself from craving gravy and stuffing.

What are your plans? Will you be cheating a little on Thanksgiving or staying OP? Any Thanksgiving-esque IP recipes you would like to share?

If you're planning on staying 100% OP, what's your strategy? What's worked in the past for special occasions like this?


lisa32989
11-09-2013, 05:47 AM
No Thanksgiving cheats for me!
It will be planned food day like any other planned day
When you are on a diet for over a year, you get used to planning for special events & learning to treat special days differently. They don't have to be about the food. I make gatherings about the people.

Oh, and mashed potatoes? Not on plan.
Mashed cauliflower or rutabaga for me (but not both rutabaga AND green beans for P1)

Previous threads

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/268187-might-help-thanksgiving-meals.html

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/270353-happy-thanksgiving.html

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/267713-rutabaga-pudding-thanksgiving-dessert.html

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/270262-thanksgiving-gravy.html

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/267650-thanksgiving-recipes.html

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/247255-thanksgiving-ideal-protein-recipes.html

ReenHag
11-09-2013, 06:34 AM
I totally plan on staying OP for Thanksgiving. IP works, but requires commitment, and I figure what is giving up one full Thanksgiving to get to my goals? Next year, I will meet the holidays and other special occasions with healthy eating plans in place.

Your menu sounds good with the exception of the mashed potatoes. Try either mashed cauliflower or turnips. Believe me, before IP, I was a veggie SNOB! I would ONLY eat about five cooked veggies (broc, green beans, cabbage, zucchini, tomatoes) and salad. I was so scared to try new ones, but IP kinda forces the issue. Well, I have found I LOVE jicama and turnips now, and I like roasted cauliflower. We had turnips with some roast beef last night, and they were so much like potatoes. If I hadn't seen them with my own eyes, I would have thought my hubby had put potatoes in the pot!

Try a roasted mashed cauliflower (maybe with garlic if you like it) and a mashed turnip recipe over the next week or so and see how you like them. I think you'll be surprised and decide to add at least one to your turkey day menu!

Good luck!

Renee


vachinyc
11-09-2013, 07:40 AM
No Thanksgiving cheats for me!
It will be planned food day like any other planned day
When you are on a diet for over a year, you get used to planning for special events & learning to treat special days differently. They don't have to be about the food. I make gatherings about the people.


Previous threads

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/268187-might-help-thanksgiving-meals.html

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/270353-happy-thanksgiving.html

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/267713-rutabaga-pudding-thanksgiving-dessert.html

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/270262-thanksgiving-gravy.html

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/267650-thanksgiving-recipes.html

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/247255-thanksgiving-ideal-protein-recipes.html

Thanks for posting all the links again Lisa. I plan to have a veggie tray on hand for the snack/chat time and I LOVE Cauli mash so turkey, green beans, cauli mash... I should be good. I will admit, Thanksgiving has always been my favorite meal all year so I will miss the stuffing and homemade rolls BUT it is one meal on one day. I can do it :)

safetylady
11-09-2013, 08:34 AM
I will be out of town in Michigan for Thanksgiving, flying to my sister's house for 5 days. It will be a big challenge, but will plan ahead how I will handle the time away. Everyone is different, but for me am thinking that I will stray a bit. Will be alright with whatever I decide.

zephyr1973
11-09-2013, 10:30 AM
I am definitely not going off plan for Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years! All I had to do was read one thread about people trying to start again, and I was convinced I had to stay the course - I know myself and I do not trust my ability to stop with one piece of (insert anything off plan!).

That said, I think I will enjoy some dark turkey meat (I hate white meat!), some mixed greens and make some mashed cauliflower. I'll enjoy a vanilla crispy treat for my desert, along with some black, decaf. Honestly, this is ok for me. I will have a harder time at Christmas…

Missing the vino, though!

yespositively
11-09-2013, 10:33 AM
lisa32989 and ReenHag

Thank you for following up on this post. It sounds funny but knowing that others are staying OP makes it easier for me to plan that way. DH and I had a good talk last night and have decided to save my annual pecan pie for the holidays. We are visiting his family for a week over the holidays and I have already planned to go off plan for that week (off plan but not off the rails).

I had the potato puree yesterday and have decided that this will be a completely acceptable substitute for potatoes-- I really liked them! I feel like a lucky duck because I can skip the potatoes easily now without feeling like I'm giving anything up.

I am still planning and will definitely look through all the links you posted.

kelseys928
11-09-2013, 11:22 AM
I will be staying OP for thanksgiving, can still have the turkey and am a sucker for cauliflower! Cant say I won't be sipping on some cocktails the night before thanksgiving though..

jemma51
11-09-2013, 11:52 AM
planning on staying OP for Thanksgiving. I don't like pie. Turkey' green beans and salad for me. It will be tempting to avoid the snacks.

IdealProteinNewbie
11-09-2013, 11:58 AM
jemma: Stewed rhubarb will be great for dessert!

lisa32989
11-09-2013, 12:04 PM
jemma: Stewed rhubarb will be great for dessert!
I make mine by stewing, throwing it in the vitamix with Cranberry Mio and plain gelatin. It makes a nice rhubarb jello dessert and it isn't a packet! It is a vegetable!

yespositively
11-09-2013, 12:05 PM
I will be out of town in Michigan for Thanksgiving, flying to my sister's house for 5 days. It will be a big challenge, but will plan ahead how I will handle the time away. Everyone is different, but for me am thinking that I will stray a bit. Will be alright with whatever I decide.

I'm not deciding yet, but it's nice to hear everyone else's attitudes toward the holidays. I know I will be straying for Christmas (probably a week of low carb but not on IP)-- I don't want to be difficult with my boyfriend's family and this is important to my boyfriend (who still thinks that I don't need to lose *any* weight). Since I know I'm going off plan in December, I'm leaning toward staying on plan for Thanksgiving. It'll be hard to skip stuffing, but Thanksgiving comes every year, so I'll be able to have it again once I'm at a healthier weight.

berteau
11-09-2013, 02:54 PM
I figure it is many years of stuffing that got me to the point where I needed to go on IP, so this year I will help make it (food prep is my favorite part of the holiday), but no stuffing for me this year!

I found that a little pumpkin pie spice (no sugar) in the vanilla drink helps with fall cravings.

Best of luck and almost Happy Thanksgiving!

onmyway1014
11-10-2013, 09:59 PM
I plan on staying on plan for Thanksgiving - the hardest part for me will be the leftovers that will linger for days.

I did it last year and I was only 1.5 months into IP. This time should be easier.

I don't the way potatoes make me feel: they make my hands cramp up. I read recently this is related to thyroid issues....so I avoid them anyway.
Wheat is making me have hot flashes still so in my mind that is why I won't be having the stuffing.
I just feel better eating lower carb - and who can argue with that!!!

Ruth Ann
11-10-2013, 10:51 PM
I plan on staying on plan for Thanksgiving - the hardest part for me will be the leftovers that will linger for days.

I did it last year and I was only 1.5 months into IP. This time should be easier.

I don't the way potatoes make me feel: they make my hands cramp up. I read recently this is related to thyroid issues....so I avoid them anyway.
Wheat is making me have hot flashes still so in my mind that is why I won't be having the stuffing.
I just feel better eating lower carb - and who can argue with that!!!

I'm with you onmyway - I plan to stay OP for Thanksgiving. I love turkey and will do caulimash and make myself some nice pudding for dessert. The way I figure it, the day is really about being with people I love and giving thanks for all the blessings I have. One of those blessings is having the opportunity to get healthy and all the support I get here (is that two?). The menu rarely varies, I know what all that food tastes like and it will all be the same next year at which time I will be maintenance and rocking some really cool outfits.

I just can't see myself taking a chance that going off plan for one day will set off a whole chain reaction of off program eating. I know I can justify about anything to myself and I really don't want to even give myself the chance to justify any deviations. I want to get to goal too much to risk it.

Sorry if that sounded preachy! I respect everyone's decisions to do what is right for them - everyone knows their body and story and reactions better than anyone and I'm sure everyone will make the decisions that are best for them. I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving with their loved ones!

onmyway1014
11-10-2013, 11:03 PM
RuthAnn -
Eating the way we IP people eat and still having a great time at the holidays has really driven home the message for me: It's the people that make the holidays special, memorable and enjoyable - not the food.
No one cares what they or anyone else is eating or not eating - we are all just thankful to get to spend another day with all our crazy loved ones. :)

Ruth Ann
11-10-2013, 11:22 PM
RuthAnn -
Eating the way we IP people eat and still having a great time at the holidays has really driven home the message for me: It's the people that make the holidays special, memorable and enjoyable - not the food.
No one cares what they or anyone else is eating or not eating - we are all just thankful to get to spend another day with all our crazy loved ones. :)

Exactly!

katenh
11-11-2013, 06:09 AM
Agree! I had mini Thanksgiving at my house yesterday. I had seltzer in a wine glass, roasted brussel sprouts and turkey. As everyone devoured pies I had my chocolate drink and honestly I did not feel left out. My family is supportive and knows that I need to do this for me and my health so no one pointed out what was lacking on my plate or tempting me with nibbles. It really boosted my confidence being able to get through the day and not food obsessed like I usually was.You can do this with preplanning and resolve!

Sweetness0915
11-12-2013, 05:36 PM
I'm on phase 1 and for thanksgiving dinner, I was wondering if I can eat 8oz of Boston Market roasted chicken but without the skin?

lisa32989
11-19-2013, 06:54 AM
Thanksgiving is just another day & can be accomplished 100% OP.
Focus on all the wonderful people around you & use all these resources to plan your food.

schenectady
11-20-2013, 12:46 PM
For all sorts of reasons, we are doing our family Thanksgiving early.

As a result, my husband and I decided to go out to a fancy restaurant to have a quiet treat for ourselves. We have done this before and loved it.

Last night, after much searching on the Internet, I was able to read the menu - it was buffet and what a buffet it was! Yes, it did have turkey and a very few things I could eat, but at $59 a person but unlimited food, I knew I would be in trouble.

Buffets are the death of me because I am cheap! If I pay a certain amount for a buffet, I am sure to eat that amount and more. I have stopped going to any. So the idea of spending $59 to have some turkey and veggies (not many IP) did not appeal.

I know that at this point in the program I would not be able to refuse all the yummy stuff, so I had a talk with my husband and asked if we could cancel because I knew I could not handle it.

We cancelled and found a restaurant that has a regular type menu where I can choose some turkey and a veggie and nothing else.

Fingers crossed that I stay firm. I am pretty sure that I can but he sure will miss his feast!

Shantimom
11-20-2013, 06:47 PM
Now I'm a little nervous! To spoil my favorite Uncle, we r going to Top of the Hub in Boston for prix fix menu. I presumed that there will be goodies but would just focus on turkey and salad...but the menu is daunting (just checked online!). Rather than panic too much, I'll call to see if I can preorder the turkey entree with roasted veggies rather than potatoes and if the salad can be altered. The apps and dessert I'll give to my husband (or ask that it get boxed up before it hits the table!)

I can make it thru this holiday and Xmas and New Years...cuz my niece is getting married in early January and I can taste the wine now!

Suchawittygal
11-21-2013, 04:06 PM
I make mine by stewing, throwing it in the vitamix with Cranberry Mio and plain gelatin. It makes a nice rhubarb jello dessert and it isn't a packet! It is a vegetable!

This sounds great Lisa!!

lisa32989
11-22-2013, 11:31 AM
Good Grief! We have sooo many threads (lots seem to have become "dailies" for each month of joiners), I'm having a tough time keeping this on Page One for anyone who might need it.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7389/10961478014_f530734b8b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/17882544@N02/10961478014/)

Avalon1957
11-23-2013, 02:19 AM
I know this image isn't quite IP compatible (tomatoes and carrots are taboo) ... but I think it helps to convey the idea that we have to think about Thanksgiving food a bit differently than most people. In any case, good old roasted turkey is certainly approved!

https://mindstar.com/scratch/Vegetable_Turkey.jpg

Ruth Ann
11-23-2013, 07:22 AM
That is the cutest turkey! Hm... I'm in charge of the veggie tray this year, wonder if I can be that creative!

lisa32989
11-23-2013, 07:32 AM
I made this one last year. Mine didn't turn out quite as cute, but close!
The non-IP folks enjoyed the non-IP veggies and i still got my select veggies

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8338/8207423325_d5773a1a13_n.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/17882544@N02/8207423325/)

ReenHag
11-23-2013, 07:56 AM
I made this one last year. Mine didn't turn out quite as cute, but close!
The non-IP folks enjoyed the non-IP veggies and i still got my select veggies

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8338/8207423325_d5773a1a13_n.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/17882544@N02/8207423325/)

THAT IS AWESOME!!! Wow, I am so impressed. :D

Ruth Ann
11-23-2013, 08:16 AM
That is great Lisa! I have got to try this!

KareVT
11-23-2013, 08:16 AM
Thanksgiving is just another day & can be accomplished 100% OP.
Focus on all the wonderful people around you & use all these resources to plan your food.

This is what I will be focusing on too - thanks all for the reminders of what Thanksgiving should be about, where the focus should be and how best to stay OP. Happy [almost] Thanksgiving Everyone!!! :thanks1: :dust:

kpw30
11-23-2013, 08:33 AM
I made this one last year. Mine didn't turn out quite as cute, but close!
The non-IP folks enjoyed the non-IP veggies and i still got my select veggies

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8338/8207423325_d5773a1a13_n.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/17882544@N02/8207423325/)
That is AWESOME! I might try to recreate this for Thanksgiving.

Avalon1957
11-23-2013, 09:38 AM
nice

lisa32989
11-23-2013, 09:43 AM
Just sharing an idea I found last year. Certainly not my original idea. But I loved making it & sharing with friends/family.

lisa32989
11-26-2013, 06:50 AM
Bump for new folks. Thanksgiving (any holiday) CAN be done ON PLAN!

Iolani
11-26-2013, 09:09 PM
I will be having some shrimp with cocktail sauce for appetizer. I will have a big salad,some white turkey meat, grilled asparagus and Brussels sprouts.

I will definitely have my MIL's sweet potatoes...just a little.

No pies for me, as in don't like them, but maybe a thin slice of Artuso's cheesecake.

lisa32989
11-27-2013, 05:48 AM
So what are everyone's plan to stay ON PLAN?

I'm taking some caulimash to the dinner I attend to avoid the potatoes.
Also green beans and a veggie tray to share. This particular family dinner is a carb fest but I can steer clear if I have healthy options.

We'll have shrimp, too. I've learned it is fantastic with just some lemon

Last year I took a butterscotch pudding made with pumpkin pie spice to eat while everyone had dessert. This year I'm P4 so I'll take a crust-free, sugar-free low carb pumpkin dessert.

I'll still take my seltzer with Mio

DH and I will also have our own turkey this weekend.
Mashed rutabaga, salad, celery purée (gravy), and smoked turkey will be on our menu. DH may request more green beans. I still haven't gotten used to eating occasional veggies very often.

Ruth Ann
11-27-2013, 07:54 AM
After consultation with my sister who is hosting, I changed up my menu a bit - I'm bringing the veggie tray which will include select veggies and mockamole along with the usual carrots, etc. I'm planning on salad, turkey and green beans (I haven't had green beans since I started IP so that will be a "special" for me) and decided on a brownie for dessert.

I also offered to set the table, arrange the flowers, etc., etc. I figure I'll stay busy doing things other than hanging out in the kitchen with the food. There's plenty of people cooking so they don't really need my help. If the weather's nice maybe take the kids outside for a game or something.

Leftovers worried me until I realized that the "snack monsters" I live with have stuff around all the time that doesn't bother me and the leftovers won't either. After all, it's just food and I am stronger than it is.

ReenHag
11-27-2013, 08:06 AM
So what are everyone's plan to stay ON PLAN?

I'm taking some caulimash to the dinner I attend to avoid the potatoes.
Also green beans and a veggie tray to share. This particular family dinner is a carb fest but I can steer clear if I have healthy options.

We'll have shrimp, too. I've learned it is fantastic with just some lemon

Last year I took a butterscotch pudding made with pumpkin pie spice to eat while everyone had dessert. This year I'm P4 so I'll take a crust-free, sugar-free low carb pumpkin dessert.

I'll still take my seltzer with Mio

Great plans!

Hubby and I are both starting Phase two today. We are planning to take some shrimp cocktail with WF cocktail sauce and that beautiful turkey veggie tray you posted. That way, we have veggies and turkey. I am going to take a bar or something for dessert. Luckily, pumpkin pie does not tempt me, and neither does the devil's food cake my daughter is making.

Hubby also roasted a turkey for us to have at the house. With us both eating 8 oz at lunch and dinner, that bird won't last long!

Wishing everyone turkey day will power! :thanks2::dust:

exesparz
11-27-2013, 02:27 PM
If you have a Facebook page get onto the IP page and there are recipes posted with videos from the Chef for a Thanksgiving Menu. The dessert sounds amazing.

The menu includes:
Celery root salad flavored with basil
Two way turkey breast with veggies
Apple crumble with mango and ginger ice cream
https://www.facebook.com/officialidealprotein

lisa32989
11-27-2013, 06:55 PM
Bumping this thread, it was existing when a secon thread was created

Iolani
11-27-2013, 08:40 PM
Thanks Lisa

masenki
11-27-2013, 10:09 PM
Thanks Lisa
I'm roasting the turkey, will have big green and cabbage salad. I bought a few 'restricted' this week from IP, so will have one for dessert. DH bought a fruit cake for some reason, which is my fav dessert, was painful to watch. I asked DH to put it in the basement bridge, so is Hanukkah gelt, so is raspberry mousse cake. Dammit, i know better then this, but for some reason got upset. Tomorrow I will try to stay on ketosis but may go over 4 cups of veg and 8oz of turkey. just a bit. God help me !!