Thanksgiving is really one day with one big meal. That one day comes with a whole lot of angst, preparation and emotion. Past gatherings are seared into our memories and for many of us shape our expectations and plans decades later.
You can change what happens this year with advance planning. At the meeting this past week, we all had a placemat with a printed plate on it and planned together what would be put on that plate Thanksgiving Day. Learning the approximate point value of various holiday standbys was useful.
The point was not to say that you can’t have pumpkin pie (or whatever your favorite is) but rather this is what it means and plan accordingly if it’s worth it to you. By the way, most pies (small slice) are 14 points plus value.
I’m having a hard time staying on track right now. One issue is sugar cravings. I’ve been having a sweet every night including seasonal favorites like holiday cookies and peppermint ice cream.
I didn’t cook last week due to travel and when faced with a menu of good-sounding food items don’t always make the best choice. Here are a few of the meals I had last week.
Before leaving home, we had dinner one night from Rubio’s. This is the chicken rice bowl.
The healthiest lunch I had in Texas was this chicken teriyaki rice bowl. I was impressed that it came with brown rice by default; but then we were at a health care facility!
At the same cafeteria with the teriyaki chicken bowl I found this snack cup of grapes and cheese. Other days I had a banana from the morning breakfast buffet.
This pecan pie was an unnecessary indulgence after dinner Thursday night. I have to say it did taste good but man more sugar than this girl should eat!
I’m always up after flying so didn’t weigh in this past week. I will go to a meeting early this week and face the scale. So for now the weight loss total is:
I’m not concerned with Thanksgiving day itself as we’ll be traveling so won’t have an opportunity to overeat or deal with leftovers. But days of eating out will be a real challenge. My plan is to focus on getting fruits,vegetables and how the food is prepared. I’ll also work on cutting the cord to sugar!
How did your week towards great health go?