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Monday, November 19, 2007

Avoid the pigout, turkey!

The 942-calorie Thanksgiving dinner - TODAY Holiday Guide - MSNBC.com: "Don't deny yourself during the holidays, just make smart food choices"

This article has some good advice. As someone who dieted through two Thanksgiving (and ended up 60 pounds lighter, eventually) here's a couple more suggestions.

Don't eat anything you don't really love. And, eat those things you don't get all the time but really enjoy.

For example, I found I could skip the green bean casserole and never miss it, but I couldn't bear to think of not eating my mom's mashed potatoes and special turkey gravy. I also skipped any vegetable that had been casseroled or sauced out of recognition (cheesy broccoli, creamed corn), but let myself enjoy a little ranch dip on the fresh veggies.

My best hint for pie: have some...but don't eat the crust! The crust is where more of the calories are (hello, lard!). That way, I could eat both a slice pumpkin and one of apple and not feel too guilty. I don't get pie everyday!

Since I love white meat, it wasn't hard to make that choice. And the hint in this article about using a tablespoon to measure out gravy is a good one.

I do love stuffing, but found it only takes about half as much as once upon a time to make me feel satisfied. Which leads to another hint: For your first serving of stuff, take very small portions, and enjoy every bit. Then, if you have eaten slowly and still find you're craving something, go ahead with a small second serving. Hey, it's Thanksgiving!

I make it a game with myself--and the best thing was, I don't have that "I'm about to burst" feeling of old Thanksgivings. I really enjoyed the meal.

If weather permits, we usually take a walk afterward, too.

And wine is always our beverage of choice!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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