Tuesday, November 22, 2011

What's On Your Plate?

Turkey day is just two days away.  For some it can be one the most scariest days of the year as it is perhaps the biggest gorge fest of the year.  It was fine to do this when our forefathers sat down to feast with the Natives because it truly was a feast of great thanks.  They also didn't have McDonald's at every corner, cars, and the technology that glues our hind quarters down.  So this feast was acceptable to ... well... feast upon. 

At Weight Watchers last week we talked about how to plan for Thanksgiving.  What is going on our plate.  And not just that.  Have a good breakfast that morning.  When is dinner that day?  Do you eat in the afternoon?  Or do you have it at a more normal dinner time?  Keep your stomach satisfied with your regular meals.  Eat fruits and veggies through out the day.  Are you a guest?  Bring something that you know isn't high in calories and fat--but don't tell anyone.  That's your secret.  Are you the chef?  Instead of you being the taster, assign someone else the task.  You chew some gum:  POLAR ICE by EXTRA will keep you out of everything.  How about adding some movement this week?  I am going to Zumba today.  How about a walk or a game of tag football on the big day.  Just don't lock yourself out of the house the way they did on FRIENDS! 

We also got to see the total points values of all the food for the day.  Rather than go into the great explanation of points, I will simply link you to a site that counts calories.  Now this site is awesome.  It gives you a list of all the possible foods and drinks you may be having on Thanksgiving.  You check the items you will be having and then hit calculate.  It gives your grand total and even tells you how much exercise you will have to do--that is the scary part.  But guess what?  It is offering full serving sizes.  I am not planning on taking 1/2 cup of stuffing, 1/2 cup of mashed potatoes, and 1/2 cup of yams.  I am planning on about 1/2 of each of those.  Or less.  I want the rolls.  I want room for pie.  All those foods will fill up your plate fast.

  • eat slowly
  • enjoy the conversations
  • use a smaller fork
  • use a smaller plate
  • When you take a nice deep breath(sigh) it's your body's way of saying I am done.  
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 


MiMi said...

What is this "eat slowly" thing you speak of?

Linda Medrano said...

My sister lost over 100 pounds with WW about 10 years ago. She has kept it off too. I really sort of hate Thanksgiving food. I am cooking and after spending all that time with the stuff, I don't even want to eat it. Turkey is not my favorite (except turkey sandwiches after Thanksgiving!). Enjoy!

blueviolet said...

The smaller plate always works for me really well! I'm not making pies or desserts this year which will really help a lot too.

Nicole said...

Our nutrition teacher also recommended a serving spoon of each thing. They are a tad bit bigger than a table spoon but not huge and not even a full serving... she said that way you have room for other things. Then eat just one plate if you think you're hungry sit there for 20 minutes and truly decide if you want more.

Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

Oh, I love Thanksgiving dinner. My mom is visiting this year and is on WW. I'm still going all out, but using some lighter ingredients. :)

Colleen said...

I've always found the idea of gorging while giving thanks a little backwards (not that that REALLY stops me, ahem). Many UUs practice what's called a hunger communion shortly before thanksgiving - fasting to remember those who don't have the option of gorging.

Emmy said...

Great advice! I really don't like the feeling of being so overly stuffed anymore.