Happy Thanksgiving everyone. And, may the eating season begin! Honestly, how we eat on Thanksgiving is really not the problem. One day won’t have a long term effect over the course of the year. Even add in Christmas and it has no long term effect. One problem, though, is that this time of year eating more than usual is often not confined to the holiday itself. It truly does become an eating season. Sometimes that is due to multiple celebrations or holiday parties or people bringing in treats to work. Sometimes it is due to the main subject of this article – leftovers.
For the first problem, what I try to do is to simply fit that into regular eating. If I go to a party then I try to fit that into my eating plan for the day. I may use some weekly points, or even fit points. But, basically I don’t let it derail me.
For the holiday itself, I think there are two reasonable ways of eating. Some people simply don’t track that day and eat whatever they want to. For a couple of days a year, that is fine. On the other hand, if you do that for every holiday, every minor celebration and every birthday you come near — well, that ending up derailing progress. Having a day where you just do whatever is fine when it is rare. If it is every week, it isn’t rare and one day can undo a lot of progress for the rest of the week. [Read more…]