This picture gives you an idea of how previous Thanksgiving went for me…really my whole family. This year; however, was a *total* 180-degree change. I am so very proud to tell you that I did not stuff myself…not even to the point of “mildly uncomfortable.”
Things I did differently this year:
First, and one of the biggest, I changed my mentality. That is a *huge* step to any recovery (after all, I *am* a recovering food addict) process. I did not let my *whole* week leading up to Thanksgiving revolve around the food. I did not let my *whole* morning/day revolve around food. I went about my week/day just like it was any other week/day. Food was not in the forefront of my mind.
Second, probably the second biggest, I changed the food – including the quantity. I did not serve cornbread, rolls, mashed potatoes, boxed stuffing (except one box for my mother and ex- who *insisted* it be on the table for them), etc. I filled the table with healthy choices – even the desserts were not “wreck your day/week” kind of desserts.
Third, and this ties in with “second,” I started with a big and beautiful artisan salad with pears and pecans (and homemade vinaigrette). It was *amazing* and I savored every single bite. The rest of the family was digging into everything else, but I sat there quietly enjoying my salad. Come to think of it, other than my chicklets, no one else even put salad on their plate. Go figure.
Fourth, I actually let my food (dinner) settle before digging into dessert. In previous years we all went running for the dessert the very moment we cleaned our plates. Talk about stuffing ourselves to the max, right? My chicklets were having some sort of mild panic attack around an hour after eating dinner because there was no dessert in front of them yet. They remember that we *always* eat pumpkin and apple pie *right* after dinner, so they were a little concerned that maybe there was no dessert. I served myself a super small amount of pumpkin custard and apple confit on a *tiny* plate (smaller than my children use, actually)…probably less than 1/4 cup of each dessert. I enjoyed the dessert – bite by bite – slowly. They were delicious.
I know this was (by far) the healthiest, most nutritionally dense Thanksgiving I have ever had. Do you know how I know? When I weighed this morning (just because it was going to kill me, you know) I was down 1.2 pounds from Thursday morning. Yes, 1.2 whole pounds *right* after eating Thanksgiving dinner…and dessert. That is awesome.
How was your Thanksgiving?