Did you survive Thanksgiving dinner with your waistline intact? It is difficult losing weight between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.
So far, I have not let Thanksgiving get in my way of weight loss regimen.
Why am I dieting during Thanksgiving?
I had gained too many pounds in the two months leading up to Thanksgiving. I have been trying to get back on the “10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse” during that time, and it was difficult to get past the first three days.
The cleanse involves drinking/eating green smoothies made up of spinach, frozen fruit, water and stevia.
You blend it in a very good blender and you drink it throughout the day along with a lot of water (not doing this latter part as well as I should). You can add protein powder to the smoothie. I also eat. nuts or hard-boiled eggs to make sure I get my daily protein fix.
The first time I went on the program it was a breeze. Lost 20 pounds. Blood sugar levels plummeted. But once I started eating again, it was hard to get started again. Strange.
But last Saturday night I started on the plan and for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (until dinner time), I had gotten past my sugar cravings. I was locked in.
But the holiday season was upon us. I was meeting my friends at a Mexican restaurant. I made a good choice for my entree — an avocado and chicken salad. I asked for the avocado dressing on the side, but I eventually added it to my salad. That was the only bad choice I made that night. Thankfully, it was limited to the small plastic cup the dressing came in. Beside the extra calories it probably had added sugar.
On this cleanse, the only sugar you have is natural from the fruit.
For me, bypassing the cookies, cake or pizza is the challenge when I am on this diet. After four days on this plan I had lost my sugar cravings. I felt strong, empowered.
But that little dressing challenged me. I so wanted to go into the store on my way home and pick up some chocolate chip cookies. Instead, I resisted. I substituted the cookies with a strawberry smoothie that was only frozen fruit and water. It satisfied my craving.
Of course, Turkey day posed another obstacle. I had two homes to visit, one for lunch/dinner and the other for dessert. What was I going to do?
Here is how I stayed reasonably true to the diet. I ate only turkey (protein) and grilled vegetables for lunch/dinner. The only temptation was the mashed potatoes but I successfully pushed them aside.
When I arrived at my second invite, they had already eaten dinner and were about to have dessert — four or five cakes and pies along with a birthday cake. I ate the fresh fruit.
It is now Friday and I feel strong. No sugar cravings. I brought home some turkey and cooked veggies, and I will eat them. It’s OK. This is like the modified version of the plan. Drink the smoothies for breakfast and lunch and have a sensible dinner.
I feel I can easily slide back into the full smoothie on Saturday or Sunday.
I will succeed.