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A Thinner Thanksgiving in 8 Steps: 1. Breakfast.

It all started when my sisters, my mom and I were talking about Thanksgiving dinner:

Mom said “Ok guys since we’re all here let’s figure out what we’re bringing to Carolyn’s”

Carolyn “Yeah, that would be a big help… then I don’t have to make everything”

Mel “I’ll bring the sweet potato casserole”

Me “We’ll make the mashed potatoes, and Amy wants to make an apple pie”

You would have thought I said we were bringing seaweed salad with a side of kale chips.

“Are you gonna make it the good way or your way?”

Looks of disgust.

“Are you gonna put butter in the mashed potatoes?”

More shriveled up faces.

The good way.  Our way.

Healthy.  Not healthy.  That’s what they meant.

I got the message VERY clear… they wanted the real deal mashed potatoes.  No cauliflower snuck in there to stretch the starch out.  No fresh garlic in there to give flavor without added fat.  Our way.

The real deal apple pie.  No whole wheat flower crust.  No Splenda brown sugar blend.  No butter-less filling.  Our way.

We had a good laugh over it, no offense taken!  I’m used to it.  Eating our way for over 10 years now… totally used to it!

I do love Thanksgiving though.  And it’s my wife’s favorite holiday.

To me it’s a time to spend with family.  Share funny stories.  Make great memories.  Watch some football!

The food?  Of course, it’s delish!

Do I need to have the double-dipped, butter-battered fried turkey version of Thanksgiving?  Of course, no!

Not about that for me… look up there.  About 3 lines up.  Family.  Stories.  Memories.  Football.  That’s what it’s all about.

I’m opening up this 8 part series of tips and thoughts to help you through what has become the holiweeks (get it?  Weeks?  Not holidays?)

Some tried and true tips I’ve taught many clients over the years.

Don’t worry… I’m not suggesting you nix your plans for the double-dipped, butter-battered fried turkey.  Just asking you to open your mind to some suggestions.

IMG_3328I’ve helped many people not only maintain their weight through the holiweeks, but continue to LOSE weight.  Pay attention.  You might learn something.

8 Steps To A Thinner Thanksgiving Step 1:  Breakfast

I love the mindset of “I’m gonna save up my calories all day” on a big food holiday like Thanksgiving.

Save calories.  Make room.  It’ll all even out.  Makes sense, right?

Except… no.  It doesn’t.

What really happens is you become starving.  Hangry even!

Stomach is rumbling all day.

Blood sugar drops, Irritation level rises.

Time for dinner (finally)?

You gorge.  Sky’s the limit.  I deserve it.  I saved my calories all day.

Picture that scenario.  Come on, we’ve all been there.  How do you feel afterward?

Sick?  Tired?  Queasy?  Wishing your family would leave so you could hit the couch?

Let’s try this instead:  begin with breakfast.

It’s a normal day.  Why do anything different than you normally would?

Start your day off with a full tank.  Have breakfast.  Helps prevent overeating later in the day.

Keeps your blood sugar up.

Keeps your irritation level down.

Plan for something satisfying with protein and carbs (whole grain if possible) to keep you satisfied longer.

Some good go-to’s:

  • Nonfat greek yogurt, fresh fruit, granola or high fiber cereal sprinkled on top
  • Egg white omelet with veggies and low fat cheese, piece of ww toast or English muffin
  • Oatmeal with nuts and dried fruit
  • High fiber cereal (I like Puffins, Kashi, Cascadian Farms, etc), skim milk, fresh fruit

Getting hungry just thinking about it!

So there you have it.  Step 1 to a Thinner Thanksgiving: Begin with Breakfast.

Remember:  blood sugar up, irritation down, everyone’s happy!

Stay tuned for Step 2 (coming Wednesday)!


10 comments on “A Thinner Thanksgiving in 8 Steps: 1. Breakfast.

  1. amandaturner612
    November 9, 2015

    Eating breakfast is so important on holidays!!! Great tip 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • aschetler
      November 9, 2015

      Thanks! I mean, it’s important every day but I think the “saving room” mentality is especially true around the holidays! Thanks for reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. EggsOnToast
    November 9, 2015

    My sister ALWAYS skips breakfast on Thanksgiving, insists she’s saving room. Never mind that even if you ate the biggest, most full English breakfast, it’d all be digested by dinner time, around 3pm for us. Plus she eats all of the appetizers and makes everyone made at her.

    Liked by 1 person

    • aschetler
      November 9, 2015

      Aha! That “saving room” nonsense just totally sets us up to fail! I hope your sister isn’t too mean to you!


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