Foods: Beat the Creep Blog
Last week Dr. Tripp sent out Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving Dinner, containing recipes and information for planning your Thanksgiving menu. This week, I (Sue) am going to follow up with my eating strategies for the day. What I have just learned, is that you can control your own eating, but trying to change anything that affects the rest of the family is tricky – trickier on a day steeped in tradition like Thanksgiving (or Christmas).
I am hosting Thanksgiving dinner for 14 family members. Four of us are actively “Beating the Creep”, so I sent out a family email asking what recipes we should try. My brother-in-law, who I never thought of as being a traditionalist, went ballistic, thinking that some of the usual Thanksgiving dishes might not be on the table.
I was hoping for a 1 or 2 replacements with new alternatives, but based on the response to my email, it looks like we’re going to have extra menu items if we want to try a new version – grandma’s mashed potatoes AND mashed cauliflower, healthy beans AND traditional green bean casserole, etc. I’m looking forward to an interesting taste test. I think there will be lots of leftovers.
My Thanksgiving Day Plan
If you remember Lesson 1 of “Seven Steps to Lose Weight Without Feeling Like You are on a Diet”, it says that is what you do every day is more important than what you do one day.
As I have just learned, family traditions must be considered. It is most important is to enjoy the day without stressing about every bite or every menu item.
That said, I will make a plan for myself only. Here’s my plan:
- Make Sure there is Food I Want to Eat. We will add some extra menu items. Fortunately, I have more "Beat the Creeper's" to help me. If I was going to be a guest, I'd bring something that I'd like to eat.
- Decide in Advance How I Will Fill My Plate.
- -First time around I will try everything that plan to try. There will be lots of food, so I will pay attention portion sizes, loading up on the healthy vegetables and turkey, and keeping the serving size under control for the “carbs”.
- -Seconds will be mainly healthy veggies and turkey. If I want more of any carbs, it will be just a taste.
- Minimize Carb Servings - How many different types of carbs will be served? There will be stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and rolls with the main dinner. What’s coming next – pumpkin pie? Apple pie? Other desserts that people bring? I am going to eat my favorites – stuffing and dessert. I’m skipping the rolls for sure. If the sweet potatoes have marshmallows, I’m skipping them. Any other carbs I want to try, I’ll have a taste, but I’m hoping for plenty of healthy veggie options.
- Maximize Vegetable Servings – I plan to take bigger servings of these. If I want seconds, I plan to choose extra vegetables.
- Be Careful on the Drinks – I’ll put a pitcher of water on the table, and will try to drink that mostly, but I'll also drink wine with dinner.
- Watch the Desserts – these are part of the carbs, but we'll add some low carb options like berry cobbler (I think I'll do an apple/cranberry version - I did peaches before and it was good). If we end up with lots of desserts that I want to try, I'll serve myself tiny pieces. I’m not afraid to cut a serving in half or smaller (someone else will take the other part).
- Enjoy the Day – Be Thankful for Friends and Family - Don’t Stress about the food.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving, and feel free to share your ideas or results in the comment section below.