Originally Posted by abird70
It's very frustrating, and I always emerge after Thanksgiving with so much to make up for... and forget about the left overs.
If you have left overs I guess that means you are preparing the meal at home. Well, a lot depends on how many people you are hosting and who you are hosting. Often there are big expectations that hosts feel they must satisfy. And the guests often feel they must eat everything or risk insulting the host. So it's a big fatening-up trap that everyone falls into. And it's very difficult to avoid.
One thing I would try to avoid is preparing too many starchy items. Look, if you're having sweet potatoes you certainly don't need white potatoes with gravy. It's totally ridiculous. Or, for example, if you have stuffing and rice, you should not put bread on the table. You need to make some choices like: rice or corn. Most people make the mistake of putting out every starch known to man. Thanksgiving, for many, has gotten totally out of control.
Then there's the problem of too many baked goods. In the past I've been invited to dinner where the host has baked three pies for 6 guests. Get real! It's just way too much. Then they offer ice cream to go with the pie.
When it comes to cranberry sauce, figure about 1/4 cup per person because each 1/4 cup contains about 21 grams of sugar. That's more than enough considering there will be a piece of pie at the end of the meal. These are very simple rules.
The worst thing I can do is get stuck in that guilt cycle where I overeat, feel bad about overeating, and overeat to make myself feel better.
If you prepare the meal carefully, as outlined above, there won't be anything to feel guilty about. That means placing limits on the amount of food you prepare for the meal.
I just joined this program for emotional eaters called Shrink Yourself, and it's helping me get to the root of why I emotionally eat. It's great and I wanted to share it with all of you who may struggle with the same things I do.
It is great! That's one of the best things I've heard of in a long time. If you stick with it, you will probably do very well. I'm not familliar with "Shrink Yourself" but I definitely agree that emotions have a lot to do with overeating, especially overeating the wrong foods.
What often happens when people don't stuff themselves? They feel: "Everyone is having fun except me." Poor me!
And so they join in and keep eating and eating. It's all emotional.
So, stick with your program. Good luck!