Anyone else feel like the Holidays are sneaking up on you just like those 5 pounds you always gain each holiday season? Are you ready to figure out a way to ditch that holiday weight gain this year? Me too!
Most of you know that I have completely overhauled my eating in the last 6 months and now eat a Low Carb/High Fat plan (almost always). Now don’t get me wrong, I have days where I add in some extra carbs as a treat or just to give me more energy if I am feeling like I need them (I call them carb-refeed days).
But Thanksgiving? Holy moly, can you say carb overload? I mean, the stuffing, the potatoes, the desserts… I need to make a plan right away or I am going to feel like total crap on Friday!
So, I figured, If I’m wondering about how to strategize so I can still feel good after the holiday, you might be too, so I thought I would share my tips and tricks. Actually, I had a “go to” list that I typically follow each year and I was honestly going to repost it. But, once looked at it, I realized that the way I eat and when I eat has changed so much this year that a lot of the old tips, just don’t apply. Time for a re-write I suppose, so here goes!
Eat a good breakfast Thanksgiving morning…
Ok. This one I needed to modify a bit since I typically practice intermittent fasting (eating in an 8-hour window each day). For that reason, I don’t have breakfast until around 10-10:30 each day. I’ll likely have a shake with some good veggies and healthy fats in them around 10:30 and that will keep me satisfied until the turkey dinner is ready to enjoy later that afternoon. The key here is to not go into the Thanksgiving dinner feeling starved, that way it is a little easier to make good decisions. I’ve been thinking about switching up my normal chocolate peanut butter shake for something a little festive this week. Maybe Chocolate Pecan Pie?
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup ice
- 1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology or other chocolate meal replacement
- 1 Tbsp . coarsely chopped raw pecans
- ½ tsp . pure caramel extract
- optional: 1 cup fresh spinach
Place almond milk, ice, Shakeology, pecans, and extract in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
We all know it’s tough to completely restrict yourself on a holiday like this, so why not plan ahead and decide what you are going to splurge on and how much. For example, earlier in the week, I plan to really dial it in so that I can have a little wiggle room on the big day. I’ll also decide ahead of time if I am going to have a glass of wine, and if I’ll have dessert. That way, I’ll go into the day with a plan to follow and be a lot less likely to overdo it.
Modify your favorites so you don’t feel cheated!
I’ve been researching ways to modify some old favorites so they fit a little better in my eating plan. I found this green bean casserole recipe and it looks delicious!
- 1 cup of cooked cut green beans
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 2 ounces cream cheese
- 1-1/2 teaspoons dried onions
- 1 tablespoon gluten-free soy sauce
- Freshly ground pepper
- 1-1/2 ounces shredded mild cheddar
Drain the green beans well and pat dry with paper towels. Too much liquid on the beans will thin the sauce.
Place the heavy cream and cream cheese in a pan over medium heat.
Whisk until the cream cheese softens and the sauce is smooth.
Add the dried onions and soy sauce.
Continue to stir until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon.
Add the green beans and simmer, stirring often, about 5 minutes.
The sauce will be very thick and cling to the green beans. If not continue to simmer and stir.
Taste and add pepper as needed.
Place the green beans in 2 individual cast iron casseroles OR a small, heatproof dish.
Sprinkle with cheese.
Broil, watching carefully, until the cheese bubbles and turns golden.
As I type this I actually had to get up and go get a glass of water because I realized I am behind for the day already! It’s always a little tougher on vacation because our whole routine has changed. A good rule of thumb is to take your weight in pounds and divide by 2. Drink that many ounces of water in a day. One way to do that is to take a water bottle and figure out how many bottles you need to drink a day. Put that many rubber bands around the bottle and take one off each time you finish! Voila!
Remember, the most important thing on Thanksgiving is to give thanks, spend some time with loved ones and yes… everything goes better with gravy (as long as you make it with heavy cream, not flour… lol )
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!