Like most of us I tend to chow down a bit at Thanksgiving (and other holidays), sometimes more than a bit. This year we’re hosting and will have fifteen family members coming to our house for dinner. We’ll eat a fairly traditional meal: turkey and stuffing, gravy, yams and cranberries, pumpkin pie. So the question is what to do in the week beforehand.
I’ve been to the gym daily (burning about 650 calories on a recumbent bike) and really stayed on my diet. This morning I was actually below my current goal weight, but we had planned to eat dinner at our favorite local Thai restaurant. So this evening I picked a dish that my wife often eats, garlic pepper chicken. It has more veggies than almost anything else on the menu and I had eaten lightly earlier in the day. We skipped dessert and came home where my spouse made one of her wonderful concoctions, in this case a mixture of non-fat vanilla yogurt with one T. of pumpkin puree, a packet of Splenda and some cinnamon and cloves. We felt virtuous, but also decided that tomorrow will be a vegetarian day. We need to use up some cabbage and carrots, but I’m sure I can find a recipe in Mark Bittman’s wonderful book, “How to Cook Everything Vegetarian.”
Then I can approach the holiday with a clean conscience and a very healthy appetite.