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How Best To Approach the Thanksgiving Feast?

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  Family and friends gathering together to enjoy each other’s company and expressing “thanks” for mutual love and support….it doesn’t get any better than this.

Inherent to the Thanksgiving holiday feast is the traditional dishes that are prepared.  Many of these are completely compatible with the SP Dietary Plan:  turkey, ham, roasts and vegetables.  These are, in fact, all “Phase 1” compatible.  However, the other traditional offerings such as mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, pumpkin pie, apple pie, alcohol drinks and others are not very “SP Diet” friendly.

Here are my recommendations:  First, do not go into the holiday celebration stressing about what the outcome may be on the scale the next day.  If this is not a “great” weight loss week, do not worry about this:  we are all in this for the “big picture” and we have plenty of future weeks to make up for lost ground.  

Second, try to go into the holiday with the mindset of :  “I am CHOOSING to limit the carbs and alcohol”….NOT:  I CANNOT eat carbs or drink alcohol.  It is a much better long term behavior strategy to look at weight loss efforts as choice rather than deprivation and rules.

Third, I suggest a “tasting plate” be made, placing very limited portions of the derailing food items on this “Tapas-type” plate…on tablespoon of each of the potatoes, one tablespoon of stuffing, etc.  Doing this will provide portion control of the carbs and by doing the same technique with the desserts, we will limit the “damage” to our dietary plans.

The delayed gratification “prize” of successful weight control is being able to attend many more Thanksgiving (and other holiday) gatherings in good health.  Try your best, bit do not stress or develop angst going into this wonderful Holiday.

I wish the very best to you and your loved ones.

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