Thanksgiving is Black Thursday for Dieters

November 27, 2008 · 11 comments

Thanksgiving
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As you are no doubt aware the day after Thanksgiving is called Black Friday, which marks the start of the traditional Christmas shopping season (did you know about Cyber Monday, though?). Black Friday is a day to revel in all-out consumerism with many people camping out at night to stake their place in line for that limited supply must-have item.

For me however, and many of my dieting brethren, Thursday is the truly dark day – Black Thursday if you will. For that is the day we are tempted to gorge ourselves at the dinner trough, crash on the plush couch and take in a little football on the boob tube until the Tryptophan kicks in and we snooze away the day.

The funny thing about this is turkey is actually healthy. Many of us during the course of a normal week will substitute ground turkey for ground beef in an effort to be more health conscious. But of course on Thanksgiving the turkey isn’t ground – it comes with skin that has been slathered in butter. And mashed potatoes with gravy, and yams, and corn pudding, and bread, and my all-time favorite that my dad makes – Cajun oyster stuffing. I’ve seen the recipe and it is more laden with butter than your average Black Friday shopper is with credit card debt. But mmm, mmm is it good.

Did I mention the pies?

So, what this means is that a plan is needed when heading into the day. Without a plan I will be stuffed and asleep by 4:00pm, and that is a fact. I don’t want to be stuffed and asleep – I want to be satisfyingly full and alertly watching the Cowboys destroy the Seahawks.

Frankly it doesn’t matter what your plan is as long as you have one. For me, it’s all about turkey skin and cajun oyster stuffing. I am going to skip the appetizers no matter how tempting, and when I load up my plate at the buffet I am going to go very light on every side dish except for the cajun oyster stuffing, which I will enjoy immensely. A couple of spoon-fulls of mashed potatoes – and a cup of stuffing sounds like a good ratio. And I will make sure that I grab extra turkey skin with my turkey.

For me, this Black Thursday is going to be all about enjoying the taste of two things I really enjoy and don’t often get – turkey skin and cajun oyster stuffing.

Oh, and did I mention the pie? A single slice of pumpkin pie with whipped cream.

I’m not going to be a grazing bunny rabbit this Thanksgiving but I’m not going to be a gorging pig either – somewhere in the middle ought to ensure I have the energy to get out the next day on the real dark day – Black Friday.

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Sabs November 27, 2008 at 3:33 pm

I like your analogy:-) The whole festive season starting with thanksgiving is a difficult season for us dieters, but I also believe that one should not deprive yourself, but rather eat what you want in moderation.

Ah thanks a lot you just reminded me how hard the next month will be! 😉

Israel November 28, 2008 at 12:45 pm

I think as fat people that are trying to lose weight, we put way too much emphasis on thanksgiving and the other big 4 holidays as I call them (Halloween., Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years).

Just know that if you plan on overeating that one day, make sure to not overeat on the others. Or get some more exercise in. Substitute and tradeoff.

I as actually pretty disappointed with my meal last night…and only had one serving.

I think the key is you have to know yourself well enough to know what works for you. Just like people utilize scales differently I think people need to utilize holiday days differently. For many it would work to allow some over indulgence, for others that could be a disaster leading to a downward spiral. It’s all about knowing yourself. Certainly if you have the strength to make up for it quickly there is no problem with having a little extra.

Cynthia November 29, 2008 at 2:12 am

I had a plan all right… but I still managed to overeat some. Not horribly, but some, nevertheless. I should not have had dessert, didn’t need it.

However, I will not overeat afterwards. The plan is for several days of low carb. Today, calories were pretty darn low… not a bad thing after yesterday’s feast. I just wasn’t that hungry.

That doesn’t sound like you did too bad. Good luck getting the ship righted!

MizFit November 29, 2008 at 6:53 am

it is all the afterdays which are most tempting for me.

when the relatives linger (until tuesday around here) and there is little to do but snack and chat 🙂

I don’t have that problem, but it sounds like a fun one to have!

Ron November 29, 2008 at 9:31 am

I was worried about the day, but did very well. A spoonful of about everything that was offered is what I took. The scale then next day showed that was a wise thing to do.

Merry November 29, 2008 at 6:23 pm

I dunno… I think you should’ve mentioned the pies a /bit/ more frequently… 😉

My family tradition is that one has pie for breakfast the day after Thanksgiving (and Christmas, and New Years). This year I managed to eat only 1 slice of pie, so I’m claiming a victory 🙂

Skinny Guy November 30, 2008 at 11:23 am

As Thanksgiving pretty much coincided with the end of a series of issues I was dealing with that sidetracked me for a while, I took a pass on being super strict with myself. That being said, I think I still did better than in years past.

Now that things are returning to normal I can concentrate on losing what I’ve gained and returning to maintenance.

Usman December 2, 2008 at 4:26 am

I am not American, but reading through this post – I WANT TO BE :D!!

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