My aunt and uncle are in town from New York, so we decided to celebrate Thanksgiving Dinner early in our family. We had a dinner for 28 yesterday afternoon with a huge spread of food with a ton of leftovers. So, Happy Early Thanksgiving to all!
And the big question --- how'd I do with eating at Thanksgiving dinner?
No bad but also not good either.
I started my day with a trip to the lab for a quick blood draw which required fasting ... so I didn't actually start my day with my normal protein shake and breakfast. By the time I got done at the lab and hit the grocery store, it was 11:00 a.m. I added a scoop of protein to some coffee and got busy cooking.
The day was mostly a grazing fest. Once appetizers were put out around 2:00 I didn't really stop eating. Mom made some chocolate fondu with many delicious dippables and I ate too much of this. Luckily there was also a cheese and meat tray, so I ate healthy stuff too.
I was pretty picky with what went on my plate for dinner and chose the high protein stuff (turkey and ham, baked beans and polish sausage) with a couple healthy side dishes (cole slaw, deviled egg, green beans) and a couple things I should have avoided (banana bread). After about 3 bites I looked up across the table at my brother and said, "I'm full." LOL! I did manage to eat a few more bites, but not much.
It took a while to get things cleaned up and dessert out, so by that time I was no longer "full" and nibbled on a few things. I made some pumpkin fluff (I'll post the recipe later) and nibbled on that too much. Mom also made my favorite cheeseball, so I snacked on cheese and crackers too (I'll post that recipe too).
I didn't overstuff myself throughout the day, but I did graze a lot more than I should have. I avoided the super sweet stuff like pies, monkey bread and the sweet potatoes (loaded with brown sugar) -- so it could have been worse by far. I think I've gotten to a point where I'm more conscious about the food choices I make and balancing the good with the bad during special occasions.
After the family left, I headed to Frankenmuth to the coffeehouse where they had some live music lined up. I had a SF FF Decaf Vanilla Latte and relaxed for a little while.
Overall it was a very good Thanksgiving. I hope you and your family enjoy your celebration this coming week.