Who loves pumpkin pie and turkey? THIS GIRL DOES! I have been asked a few times about if I’ll eat the Thanksgiving food– of course! Life is about family, friends, food, and fellowship. No one wants to be the Debbie Downer munching on only celery sticks at the Thanksgiving table.
With that said, I will be watching my portion sizes, maybe passing up the rolls or the second helping of mashed potatoes and fully enjoying that piece of pie…with zero guilt! One of the reasons I loved the 21 Day Fix was the awareness of what portion sizes I should eat, so I know what a scoop of mashed potatoes should look like on my plate!
If you’re really wanting to make it a healthy holiday, you’ll just want to be prepared. For me, that means not skipping my workouts– #noexcusesnovember has been happening all month. I’m also really watching my food this week so that I’m saving all my “cheats” for Thursday and again, fully enjoying it with no guilt. The next day, I’ll be back on my meal plan and back on track.
Once I reached my goal weight, I try to adhere to the 80/20 rule of eating– clean eating and dialed-in nutrition 80% of the time and have 20% of the time be the treats we all love! I love this approach because it’s realistic and still focused. It’s easy to splurge a bit here and there and then know exactly what I need to do to stay on track. This has also paid off for our family. We eat really healthy and also have found healthy alternatives to dessert– like these banana chocolate chip “cookies”
Banana Chocolate Chip “Cookies”
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
In a bowl, mix two ripe bananas, 1 c. oatmeal, about a tsp. of vanilla, and 1/4 c. chocolate chips
Bake on a GREASED baking sheet for 15 minutes