Pie Rhyme Time

pumpkin pie

Yesterday was Thanksgiving

And it was a success.

Because I stayed away from the pie

At my own behest.

Yes that pumpkin looked good

In a crust oh so yummy

But I thought about all I’d ate

and looked to my bulging tummy.

I was done for the night

The pie would have to wait

I successfully enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner

With a moderate amount of food on my plate.

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Mantras for Thanksgiving Moderation

Thanksgiving. It’s go time.

If you’re struggling with the idea of having that beautiful bird and succulent sweet potatoes placed in front of you all night (and the left overs placed in front of you for the following week after), all you need to do is repeat these mantras:

  • It’s only one day
  • I will not eat until I am stuffed
  • I will drink lots of water
  • I recognize that “seconds” doesn’t have to be a bad word
  • I will focus on enjoying the day and the company of those I love
  • IĀ understand that a whole can of cranberry sauce is not a portion
  • I will savor each bite
  • I will look for happiness outside of my plate

Don’t forget that you’re allowed one day to splurge within some limits. You’re going to do amazing for 30 days, and if one of those days is merely great, that’ll be an alright trade off for a scoop of stuffing.

snoopy thanksgivingHappy Thanksgiving!

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes, and Planning Early

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, what have you done to ensure that your feast is luxurious while still being healthy?

thanksgiving dinner

Check out some links that I’ve found with whole sections devoted to nutritious turkey day delights:

http://allrecipes.com/howto/healthy-thanksgiving-recipes/

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/collections/thanksgiving_collection_1

http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/health/series/recipes_for_health/healthy_thanksgiving_favorites/

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/thanksgiving-menu

http://www.rd.com/slideshows/11-healthy-thanksgiving-side-dishes/

Now that’s all well and good but what happens when you aren’t playing the chef, but the guest instead?

healthy thanksgiving

Check out some smart eating tips for Thanksgiving:

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/10-tips-for-a-thinner-thanksgiving

http://www.livescience.com/10284-healthy-thanksgiving-5-tips-avoid-overindulging.html

http://globalnews.ca/news/894944/thanksgiving-dinner-9-tips-for-healthy-holiday-eating/

http://www.fitbie.com/slideshow/10-ways-have-healthier-thanksgiving

http://eatthis.menshealth.com/slideshow/top-swaps-thanksgiving

What are your favorite healthy Thanksgiving recipes? How do you prepare to be on your best behavior during a holiday that revolves around food?