Since this is the last weekend before Thanksgiving we might as well talk turkey! You might thank me after Thanksgiving because, unlike many, I’m not going to urge you to have ‘a day off’, ‘a sugar holiday’ and basically have all you want this Thanksgiving. A leading celebrity fitness trainer in a national newspaper urged everyone to forget the diet mentality and have everything they desired on this special day and then go back to their healthy regime the day after. Yes, all well and good …
but it’s those final 8 words that doesn’t work for so many WLS patients and I include myself in them. Not withstanding the onslaught of sugar, fat and calories which can cause dumping, weight gain and stomach upsets, the reality is that once the regime is broken it’s very hard to go back to basic sensible eating, ignoring the leftovers and the urge to just ‘expand or prolong’ the holiday just a little longer. So why run the risk with a blow-out binge?
Now just in case you think I am being harsh, a spoilsport and living in an unreal world then I promise that Thanksgiving can be delicious, controlled and enjoyable without the over-dose. We have covered so many of the dishes you can eat before (see below) and many of the better choices you can make that are still part of the tradition of Thanksgiving. It is a day to rejoice, give thanks and enjoy with family and friends and I urge you to do so. But talking turkey … don’t be one!
This isn’t me being holier than thou, but just something I want to pass on from years of experience. The choice will still be yours … I’ll be trying to step away after the big day.
Have your meal, have your measured treats but cut out the guilt-induced gorging, no matter who tells you it’s OK!
And here’s some more advice, some tempting recipes and tactics for the big day … click on the links below to check them out …