Skip to main content

Thanksgiving Meal Plan of Attack

I work on the newsletter for my department at work. It's lots of fun but I never know if people like the stuff I write. So I'm testing an article out on y'all. This has a dual purpose becuase I'm already trying to get my plan of attack ready for the holidays. I'm super disappointed in the difference 8 years makes in the ability to find success on the south beach diet so I'm evaluating my other options - weight watches as the leading plan right now. Point being, the article below is my potential thanksgiving food article. Obviously, plan 1 is not for me . . . but the other are under consideration. How are you going to avoid the holiday weight gain this year?



Avoiding packing on the holiday pounds this season can simply be a matter of awareness. Here are the real life servings and calories for some of your favorite thanksgiving foods:


Food Serving Size Calories

turkey 6 oz 450
ham 3 oz 150
mashed potatoes 3/4 cup 171
dinner rolls 1 84
sweet potato casserole 1/2 cup 300
green bean casserole 1/2 cup 275
cranberry sauce 1/2 cup 200
stuffing 1 cup 400
pumpkin pie 1 slice 450
apple pie 1 slice 410
egg nog 1 cup 400
apple cider 1 cup 120

Total 3410

The total isn’t so bad, but let’s be honest, there more we add to our plate and often forget about:

pat of butter 250
spoon full of whipped cream 100
ladle full of gravy 190

Real Total 3950


YIKES! Nearly 4,000 calories for one meal! Take your weight and multiply it by 12, that’s how many calories you need to maintain your weight. Now taken 4,000 and subtract by that number – that’s your excess calories (i.e. potential weight gain) 3,500 calories = 1 lb so divide your number by 3,500and you will see how much your thanksgiving meal will cost you.

For a 150 lb woman this would be
150 x 12 = 1800
4,000 – 1,800 = 2,200
2,200 / 3,500 = .63 lbs gained from thanksgiving.


And these numbers are just from the one meal, think of all the leftover you have and between potlucks and social gatherings how often this meal may be repeated. So, how to avoid the holiday weight gain? Here are some potential methods:

1. Don’t
It may seem like a terrible idea but if you are a very disciplined person and the holidays are your one time of year to let loose than go for it. Chances are you could gain 1 lb a week from the end of November to New Year’s but those 7 lbs will come off by the end of January if you work a little harder and resume regular eating habits in 2012.

2. Go for it – Once
Admit it, you like the thanksgiving meal; if the thanksgiving meal was a person you would marry it. So, are you really going to be happy by skimping on your favorites? No! So go for it once – on Thanksgiving Day. Yes, you want the gravy. A little whipped cream on your pumpkin pie – yum yum! But that’s it. Once your one meal is over it’s time to return to sensible meals – and take the dog for an extra walk. Oh yes, and NO LEFTOVERS!

3. Smaller Portions
Aunt Milly makes the world best sweet potato pie, but cousin Sally’s apple pie is to die for . . . and don’t forget Uncle Bob’s deep fried turkey. The only thing worse than eating all of those delicious calories would be to hurt your family’s feelings. So take smaller portions, WAY smaller portions and load up on the non fattening food (you know – the ones that don’t have the word casserole in them). Making your offering to the potluck something healthy – so you know there will be at least one thing you can fill up on.

4. Healthy Alternatives
This plan is the easiest to follow when you are the cook. The internet is full of ways to save on calories not on taste when it comes to your holiday favorites. Switching to butter and sugar substitute are the easiest change ups in addition to using low fat milk in place of cream. The calorie difference between 4 oz of white meat turkey trimmed of the fat and skin vs. 6 oz of mixed meat untrimmed is 182. Vegetables are not really supposed to be smothered in cream and cheese anyway so keep them fresh and simple.

No matter wehat you choose, remember what the holiday is all about - Taking time to be with your family and friends and remembering the blessing in your life.

Comments

  1. If you are thinking about using this for a newsletter, don't forget to mention the meal hopping that occurs when people have to hit multiple families. I know my rule is that I will eat at house 1 and 3, but won't eat anything at house 2. At house 3, I only eat things that house 1 didn't have. That way, I am not really over eating. It's a take on the smaller portions topics.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I don't know how I missed your blog before but I ran across it on Facebook last night. I'm gonna be brutally honest (because I think that's what you want?)and say cut the math. For a non-math person its scary, confusing, and depressing to look at. If your newsletter is anything like the one Frank brings home from his work, people will appreciate it. I would however, add a healthy recipe in the newsletter, something totally yummy but also low in cals and such. The rest of the article is cute and light heart-ed but the math is scary and depressing. :-p
    On the plan of attack...I'd combine the smaller portions with the healthier for you foods! Just my two and a half cents :-)

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

10 Year Challenge

Earlier this week I shared an image encouraging people to think about their accomplishments over the past ten years rather than how their looks have changed and listed all the positive things that have happened in my own life. It's not that I mind sharing pics of what I looked like 10 years ago but just sharing a picture doesn't tell the whole story. I had a lot of people respond congratulating me on my accomplishments and while I appreciate that it made me realize my intention was never to brag or say oh, look how great my life has been because the past ten years have been years of struggle and success.
Here you see a girl who thinks she's the life of the party - she's 24 and has practically no responsibilities but I don't envy her or wish I could return to that lifestyle.
Meanwhile, you look at this 34 year old woman and you see she's changed the way she treats her hair, she has some lines around the eyes and roundness to her face that wasn't there befo…

Timeless Style of a Natural Stone Watch

Hello Friends! I hope 2018 wrapped up nicely for you and you're watching out for opportunities in the new year. I love gifting to others but let's be real - I also love treating myself which is why I'm so excited to be wearing a new watch into the new year! Plus- it's perfect for my New Year's resolution to be on time more in 2019. Don't worry - I have a treat for you too at the end of this post.

Last year I received a beautiful wooden watch (which I still love BTW) but there have been times when I 've  wanted something a little more elegant on my wrist. The folks at Jord must have been reading my mind because they just released the new Sier Arcadia collection featuring interchangeable leather and mesh bands and natural stone faces. Each style is truly beautiful but I was drawn to the Sodalite and Gold style because it's unique from any watch I've seen. I tend to wear a lot of blues so this unique style really compliments my wardrobe. The only oth…

Hello Kitty Tea

A few months ago I was scrolling on instagram and I saw some posts about a place called The Hello Kitty Grand Café. Now I had stopped by the Hello Kitty Café food truck when it rolled through Memphis (check out my post on that here) but this looked to be taking the experience to the next level. After digging into it I discovered that The Hello Kitty Grand Café was not far from my in-law’s home in Southern California and lucky for me we had trip already planned. The Hello Kitty Grand Café operates with several functions – the front section of the location operates just like the food truck with a menu of sweets and drinks, anyone can walk in for counter service and there are a few tables in addition to some photo spots available. In the back is The Bow Room which offers a pre-fixe tea menu during the day and turns into a cocktail lounge in the evenings. Reservations are currently taken through Yelp and open up 30 days in advance- while weekend reservations can be hard to come by its a l…

Go WILD, Y'all

I'm writing this post with a serious case of the Mondays as I'm recovering from Go Wild this past week. Go Wild is the annual conference run by the Wild for Planners group and it is so much fun! This year's conference was in Nashville and while there is was announced that 2018 will be in Austin, TX. In addition to bringing planner enthusiasts together this event also presents the opportunity to hear from great speakers, meet planner  / planner goodies suppliers and the part that people to notice the most - awesome swag.   I first found out about the group last year when some planner girls I followed posted on instagram about the conference. To an outsider it looks like oh fun, planner girls gathering and getting tons of swag - I want to go! But the reality is it's so much for than that and to be perfectly honest if you're only interested in the swag you'd be better off staying home and going on a shopping spree. Since everyone wants to know the most though wha…

Birthday Discounts

Woohoo! It's my birthday week y'all! Birthdays are always a great time for brands to make customers special and each year I'm able to take advantage of some pretty good discounts in July so I thought I would share the love and talk about some of my favorite discounts and how to get them.

My absolute favorite discount is from Kendra Scott! During your birthday month you can receive one regular item at 50% off. It's your first time you'll have to show your id in store and sign up for their email list but then once they have you on file you can just go into the store and say that you would like to apply your birthday discount to your purchase and give your email address. This year I purchased the Tatiana Long Pendant Necklace which usually sells for $175. This necklace takes the look of the popular Rayne necklace and really amps it up.  
If jewelry is your thing you can also get a $10 credit from Charming Charlie - this discount is sent to Charm Rewards members at the…