Ok, so you ate Thanksgiving dinner and everything else you could get your hands on yesterday. Great. Yesterday was a sin-free day for me, too. I ate junk food on the highway during a three hour drive down there and I had a Coke and junk food on the drive home.
I ate a very healthy Thanksgiving dinner of ham, turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, and sweet potato casserole. I had two pieces of pumpkin pie. I didn’t drink anything with dinner and except for the Coke I had a Starbucks Latte drink and about five cups of coffee. Two of the cups of coffee where flavored with ‘sugar-free’ hazelnut coffee creamer.
That’s not bad at all, much better than I thought it would be. The only part that I feel bad about is the junk food on the way home. That happened to me because I ate dinner at noon and then didn’t eat anything but Pumpkin pie before we hit the road for home at eleven thirty.
Letting yourself be ‘one of the guys’ at a big family gathering is way better than being on a one-man crusade. Just realizing that diet and eating right are multiple day activities that require vigilance, not saint-like behavior is not only the best way to change your diet, but also the best way to sell your diet to loved ones. Setting at the holiday table with food-lust in your eyes, or preaching from your lofty ‘I’m the only one eating right’ perch is unconvincing in the extreme. How it works for me is family want to know why I look so good. How did I lose so much weight, when I’m obviously not on a diet.
When they ask, then I can tell them about no bagged or boxed foods–no artificial ingredients–no added sweeteners. I tell them about my blog here, I tell them about sugar addiction, I tell them everything they are ready to hear, but I don’t preach or try and sell anything. I let my weight loss and stress free Thanksgiving dinner do the selling.
You should try Christmas and New Year’s dinners not worrying about your one holiday meal. Enjoy everything that family lovingly brings to the community table but be ready to answer lots of questions about why you look and feel so much younger than your years.