I know for a lot of us, holidays can be difficult, especially big food holidays (okay, that's most of them). So I went into today – Thanksgiving – with a solid plan. And I must say, I'm feeling pretty proud of myself.
I had planned to go on a run first thing today, but almost got derailed due to my considerate husband surprising me with coffee in bed (one of my favorite treats!) and waking up with a bit of a headache. This is normally a recipe for disaster but I was determined and by 9:00 had run 3.1 miles. Score! One of those reminders that once we get moving, it isn't usually so bad.
I spent a lot of the morning prepping food. I've gotten Thanksgiving totally down to a science from hosting some friends the last few years and wanting to minimize cooking time, so this year was no different despite it just being my husband and me. My husband is currently eating gluten-free (not my thing, but everyone is different!) and I eat mostly vegan, but I love looking challenges, so I set off to work to make a “traditional” feast, healthified, gluten-free, free of refined sugar, and vegan.
Sound restrictive? Not so much. (On another note, why are Thanksgiving foods such bland colors? Ug!).
As you can see, when you get creative, the sky is the limit. It's hard to feel deprived with this kind of feast. Included: Sweet potatoes topped with caramelized onions, stuffing, herbed mashed potatoes, agave-sweetened cranberry sauce, gravy, and roasted brussels sprouts. My one non-homemade item (also not gluten-free) was a Field Roast and my husband got some turkey and gravy for himself.
Dessert was the one area where I really compromised. I knew making a traditional pie wasn't going to be good for my health, so I made a poached pear in a red wine sauce. Not traditional but super fancy and tasty. And considering the fact that I'm still SO full from the meal, having a pear for dessert wasn't the worst thing.
I had some wine and a cocktail earlier and did go around 250 calories over my allotted range for the day, but for Thanksgiving I'm considering that a huge accomplishment!
For those of you who celebrated Thanksgiving today, I hope you enjoyed similar successes. If you struggled, please remember that every bit counts and moving forward there are ways to still enjoy yourself and enjoy your food without busting your healthy lifestyle.
One day at a time!