Thanksgiving Ideas

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amanda123

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Posted: 09 Nov 2010, 10:06
Thanksgiving is coming up and I haven't decided if I am going to cheat or if I will be good. I know it would be very possible for me to be good because there are alot of things I could eat that are Atkins friendly. Are you planning on taking this day off and eating whatever you want or will you be good? I am really leaning towards being good this year. I know I will miss the dressing most of all. Sad I am going to start early experimenting with recipes but if you have any ideas please share. I have an idea for a broccoli/rice casserole... with a substitute for the rice and I am going to try some candied pecans with splenda and I may try some candied almonds as well. Should I take this day off and have a blow out? I am thinking not simply because I think I can enjoy Thanksgiving without cheating. Sure I may go over a bit on my carbs but I can enjoy my food without having a total carb blow out. If anyone knows how to make a low carb pecan pie I would love the recipe!
StacieRitz

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Posted: 09 Nov 2010, 10:18
For me, if I go in with the mindset that it is just "One Day" I can easily over-indulge to the point of an easy 3,000+ calories (think of the desserts alone). However, if I go with the mind set that I normally allow myself to have 1,300 calories and for this "one day" I will allow myself 2,000 then I will feel like I was able to have a "cheat" kind of day by still making conscious choices.

In order to help myself with this, I am actually contributing something from each of my main catagories...appitizer, side dish and dessert. That way I will know for sure there is something I choose to eat at each phase of the day that I know is better for me and I know what went into the ingredients.
ChristyLA

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Posted: 09 Nov 2010, 10:48
It'll be easy to be good on Thanksgiving. It's better than cheating.
ctlss

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Posted: 09 Nov 2010, 11:07
I will follow my new way of eating, my new lifestyle. It simply isn't worth what will happen to my body if I don't, although I may have a glass fo wine! As for dessert, I am making some of my low carb goodies and taking them. I did that for dad's birthday, and guess what, everybody loved it! Especially my dad, and that makes me very, very happy!
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
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"Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it. "
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Angela H

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Posted: 09 Nov 2010, 14:35
This year we are having many people over and I will only be responsible for the turkey, dressing, ham and mashed potatoes but I am making deviled eggs and stuffed celery which I will use lowfat mayo in the eggs and lowfat cream cheese for the celery. Everyone will be taking care of all the other sides and desserts and its their choice as to what they want to bring. Hopefully some will make healthier choices. But nevertheless I will do my little trick like I did last year and that was I replaced the normal large dinner plate with a lunch size plate. This gives me the visual gradification of a full plate and if I want a little of everything it will have to be a smaller quantity to fit on the plate. Surprisingly by the time I finish my plate I am full (not stuffed) but pleasantly full and usually I'm full enough that I don't usually have any dessert which is really not my favorite part of the meal. But if I do its just a sliver.
I will make a conscience effort to watch everything that hits my mouth and still enjoy the day without guilt.
michelle1025...

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Posted: 09 Nov 2010, 20:55
I am not planning an all-out cheat day. Like others have said, there are plenty of Atkins friendly dishes that are Thanksgiving appropriate. However, I am going to allow myself one small indulgence. I only get my uncle's Oyster Dressing every other year. This is my year and I am not going to pass it up. I can make everything else we usually have for Thanksgiving but I CANNOT duplicate his dang dressing. Anyway, I am planning on one small helping. That way I won't feel deprived but I won't be going overboard either.
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Sandy701

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Posted: 09 Nov 2010, 21:21
I'll definitely be on plan all the way because I'm fixing everything! Besides turkey and salad and maybe mashed cauliflower, I'm having trouble filling out the menu. Maybe what I've listed is enough as it will be just DH and me.
HealthyBabs

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Posted: 09 Nov 2010, 21:34
I guess it really depends on the plan you are on. For me it is clean healthy food with calorie intake between 1400-1700/day and I try to mix that up. So no problem, just need to plan. Will probably have a light calorie day before and after and get in some additional exercise. I am just working my way out of a major stall so don't want to do to much damage and go totally overboard.
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ctlss

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Posted: 09 Nov 2010, 21:36
Hey Sandy what about green beans, greens, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cooked cabbage, some cut veggies (celery, cucumber, radishes) with some ranch dip.
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
~Marcel Proust~


"Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it. "
~Groucho Marx~

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Sandy701

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Posted: 09 Nov 2010, 22:46
That might work Stef...just gotta get some color on the plate besides "beige!" Speaking of broccoli, anybody tried broccolini? What does it taste like? I saw some in the store today and it looks like broccoli on real skinny stems.
Brenda Groth

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Posted: 10 Nov 2010, 07:32
My thought was to take a boneless turkey breast and open it out and put in it some browned sage sausage with cooked celery and onion, then roll it back up..put a few slices of bacon on the skin part of the turkey and then roast it, maybe in a cooking bag..wouldn't that be good?
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amanda123

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Posted: 10 Nov 2010, 07:44
Sounds good to me. We fry everything in the south and for the past few years we have been getting cajun deep fried turkeys from our local grocery store. They are awesome! So tender and juicy. I will miss giblet gravy and dressing like you wouldnt believe! Oh and pecan pie. Going to miss the pecan pie.
Rajah1973

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Posted: 10 Nov 2010, 08:31
The south sure do like that deep fried heart attack, lol. We, West Virginians do too, lol.
gibsonngraci...

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Posted: 10 Nov 2010, 16:03
Sandy701 broccolini is a hybrid of broccoli and asparagus. I love it!
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