Saturday, November 22, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

It… is… here… Thanksgiving.  Look at it.  Look at that beautiful Turkey.  And those yummy Green Beans.  Why do they have to ruin that beautiful ham and the rest of the picture by dumping all of that sugar on it and around it? 

Let’s face it, holidays are hard.  I’ve written about it before and I am sure I’ll write about it a hundred more times.  Holiday traditions run so deep it is difficult to imagine doing things different. 
But we have to.  I’m not saying don’t have a treat.  Everybody is entitled to a treat now and again.  But before you go crazy, ask yourself what is important.  How little can you eat to satisfy your craving?  We aim for the 1 forkful rule.  Sometimes it ends up being 1 forkful of this and 1 forkful of that, but I remain motivated to immediately get refocused and back to my new normal. 
During our weight loss journey, we have implemented certain rules along the way.  One was the 1 forkful rule.  As an indulgence every once in a while is almost impossible to resist, I find I am many times able to have 1 bite of something sweet and wonderful.  I savor it.  I get the taste and I do not feel guilty nor let it affect my next meal in any way.  Each meal, each snack, each drink is its own moment in time.  They only string together negatively when that snowball starts rolling back down the hill… DO NOT LET THAT HAPPEN! 
Now, of course, depending on where you are in your weight loss experience, many people cannot have that forkful.  If you are diabetic or have other issues associated with eating, it is possible that you are simply unable.  If I have discovered one thing, it is that every single solitary person’s journey is different.  You are the one that knows your body best.  Listen to it.   
Here are a few low carb Thanksgiving alternatives to try: 
            Pumpkin Pie
            Green Bean Casserole
And lastly, I apologize for my absence.  I have been doing a lot of research and watching many documentaries to see what makes sense and what doesn’t.  I am still sifting through the dieting news articles on a daily basis and gathering what stands out to me to share with you.   
Two films I found extremely beneficial to watch were: 
Carb-Loaded: A CultureDying to Eat and The Perfect Human Diet (which is free to watch on Amazon Prime) 
I will leave you with this: My eyes have been opened.  I am so motivated to stay on course and to learn more and more.  I am thinking about returning to school to get a Master’s Degree in Nutrition...  What do you think?   

Happy Thanksgiving! 

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