Turkey Talk

I just want to take a quick minute to send out a huge THANK YOU to I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter for the awesome Twitter party last night. I was so honored to be your co-host and I’m looking forward to more Taste & Tweets in the future!!!!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner so it’s important that we plan ahead!!! I’ve made a little list of Turkey Day reminders for you and I encourage you to refer back to it as needed ;).

America celebrates Thanksgiving in remembrance of the Pilgrims and settling the New World……ummm yea that’s EXACTLY what I’ll be thinking about. This post is dedicated to Thanksgiving eating tips, tasty recipes, and how to politely refuse the second piece of pie!

First, since your celebration is spread through out the weekend you have to remember moderation and pace yourself. You can certainly enjoy yourself and eat the foods that you enjoy and are traditional. Try these tips when “loading” your plate.

-PORTION CONTROLon carbs/starches. Ex: sweet potato, mashed potato etc… only eat the size of your hand. I know sounds weird and you Weight Watcher’s lovers know this trick. It works in these situations though. Try and choose one starch and stick with it. Don’t double up, and remember corn is a starchy veggie so go easy.

-Turkey: Stick with 1 to 2 decent sized slices. Turkey can be fatty and most cooks tend to baste with oil based or grease based juices. Do NOT eat the skin, I repeat DO NOT eat the skin!! If you love dark meat make sure it’s fatty free, the white meat is fine just don’t over load.

Bread-Try to steer clear, it will fill you up quick and make you hungry again faster. Have one roll if you must, but remember they are empty carbs and you know you want pie ;).

Alchol- Sugar sugar sugar, limit to one glass of wine, one beer, one cocktail. I have said it before, the more you drink the more you eat! Plus if your tipsy you make bad food choices…..and you will feel guilty later-NOT WORTH THE EXTRA BOOZE!

Dessert: My fave portion! If there is every kind of pie you adore included in the spread make up what I call the sampler! Take the pie piece ends The tip of the triangle, not the wide end) of each and that way you get to sample all of the delicious goodies with out eating 6 or more huge pieces. Add a dollop of LIGHT cool whip if available, 2 tablespoons is only 20 calories.

Also, load your plate with fresh veggies or side dishes that are steamed or baked. Watch things that are creamed….lot’s of sodium and carbs. Don’t be afraid to ask what something was cooked in or pass on something. Remember you are making a lifestyle change and situations like holidays are the perfect practice. I decided to start my journey on December 22, 2008 2 days before my family’s yearly eating binge. I was so proud that even 2 days in to my journey I only had salad, tons of veggies, no alcohol, a tiny pie end, grilled chicken and mushrooms and absolutely NO fresh baked rolls with cinnamon honey butter….now that was hard!

I know you can all do this, just don’t go over board-stay focused- and just say no. Tell people what you’re doing, that you are on a on a mission to change your life. They will respect you and you may even inspire them.

Keep checking back between now and Turkey Day Eve for more tips, tricks, and recipes!!!

Healthy Wishes, T

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