Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Mostly, don't feel bad or deprived that you are staying on your diet for the holidays. You will be celebrating on the scale! So congrats to you for making a great decision for you health!
Before the Meal: If you are eating at someone else's home, offer to bring a dish you know you can eat. Don't offer to bring the mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes, something you really can't enjoy. Like a great veggie dish that you know isn't loaded with sugar. I will also make Bug Juice for a light lunch that day, which I haven't done in ages. Plan ahead and set yourself up for success!
Drinks: Iced tea and white wine are great choices. Avoid the sugar laden cocktail and beer (unless it is a light beer you have checked out previously). Here is my recipe for a Sobetini (vodka and a Sobe 0 Calorie Lifewater basically)
Appetizers: These are going to be easy on the BFC so enjoy this part of the holiday. Deviled eggs, stuffed mushrooms, antipasta, cheese and veggies plates and low sugar dips. Avoid sauces and too much fruit.
Dinner: Load up the turkey and green vegetables. Avoid anything cooked with marshmallows! You can have a small portion of potatoes or stuffing, but unless you made it yourself and know the Sugar/Carb values I'd just have one or the other. This year it is just my immediate family and I will be going grain-free. But I bought rolls for the boys and plan on making the Hubby's favorite mashed potatoes. I will not part-take in either (at least that is the plan!). Turkey, gravy (thickened with coconut flour, roasted brussel sprouts, Parmesan asparagus for me this. Here is a BFC friendly muffin recipe I used the last two years, the are GREAT! I call them Stuffin's since they are stuffing made in a muffin tin.
Dessert: Coffee with cream and a stevia sweetener if you need it. That's it if you are staying on a diet. You should be full and satisfied now anyways! Have your dark chocolate too, if you want. If you must have a dessert and are sticking with the plan I recommend homemade whipped cream and some berries. But you will be at your max S/C Value on Thanksgiving day, so best to skip it! If you have a few carbs left here is my Cinnamon Crisp recipe.
Something other than food: We are going to watch a movie and play some of the new board games my son got for his birthday. We will also take a hike up to a nearby farm, which is sometimes hard to get the boys motivated about. But they always enjoy it. In other words, place the concentration on things other than food. I am so thankful for my little family, and a little sad that we are so far away from my extended family members in Oklahoma.
Be sure and check out Dawn's blog today too, she always has great recipes (not wonky like mine sometimes are!). She already has the S/C Value of her Thanksgiving meal all figured out!
I have added a Link Party to this post for the first time ever! Click the click to add your URL for any holiday recipe or tips for other low sugar dieters. The Link Party is open for a week, and will direct my readers to your posts! Please link to a specific blog post, not just your blog, and it needs to be a holiday recipe or tip!