Fatsgiving

With Thanksgiving coming up next week, I figured it’s only appropriate to talk about favorite foods for Thanksgiving dinner. My personal favorite is anything sweet potato, and preferably with marshmallows. I also have become a huge fan of fried turkeys. My in-laws started doing this a few years back, and last year my husband and I (really only him) fried our own.

I used to have a love for corn pudding and now I have a hard time thinking about it. I try to watch what I eat most of the time (with the exception of my cravings for wings and chocolate) and I work out to combat those calories. Thanksgiving is rough, not just with butter and sugar filled foods, but that overwhelming desire to sleep after gobbling up a plate of turkey. Did you know on average, people gain 7 lbs. over the holidays? Doesn’t that number just sound crazy? I can tell when I gain a single pound, and seven sounds like a devastating number.

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Don’t worry, I’m not going to be passing up Thanksgiving dinner, but I am going to try to make healthy decisions leading up to it – and especially the day of, starting with my Shakeology for breakfast! No need to let it all go for one meal. And maybe I’ll only have two slices of pie… (PS – that pie above was baked with love by my chef of a husband!)

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And since this will be my first year not running an organized 5 or 8k in honor of turkey day, I think I might have to do my own. I’m getting towards the middle of my half marathon training at this point, and should be able to do 7.5 by Thanksgiving day. So, at my weight and pace, I’ll burn around 800 calories and carve out room for that pie.

What are your favorite foods to feast on at Thanksgiving (always looking for new recipes!!)? My father-in-law said he wants a sweet potato pie, so I’m going to try those out this week and see if I can make one that’s delicious enough to share!

My month as a (mostly) vegetarian!

For some reason, I decided I would be a vegetarian for the month of September. Probably not the smartest move since I had two full weeks of travel and events every weekend; but I obviously didn’t consider that when I made my decision. I did allow myself to have fish and shellfish – and I ended up having A LOT of it. I’m probably pumped full of mercury right now, and fiber from all the vegetables I had.

For breakfast, I mostly stuck with my vegan chocolate Shakeology. I have so much energy from these shakes – and I’ve totally stopped drinking coffee! A few times I had eggs or oatmeal for breakfast but that’s usually reserved for days when the hubs is home. Lunch was usually a salad or pasta (whole wheat, of course). I always had plenty of snacks on me like almonds or walnuts, fruit: blueberries, apples, bananas, scuppernongs, avocado, carrots & hummus, and greek yogurt with granola. Leftovers always serve as a delicious lunch, too, but I have always had a hard time re-heating fish so only when I had other food the night before did I take leftovers for lunch.

When I went to the conference, I had a veggie panini one day, pasta another and a veggie pizza from Wolfgang Puck Pizza Bar on the way out of Indianapolis. For dinner, I was able to get a little more creative (and spend a little more time). I had salmon, sea bass, garlic lime shrimp pasta, vegetarian lasagna, vegan potato salad, and veggies and quinoa for dinner when I made it at home. When we were out and about, I had tofu, eggplant tacos, scallops & shrimp, various types of fish, shrimp pho, a black bean quesadilla, more veggie pizza and veggie burgers.

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Now, I say “mostly” vegetarian because I cheated a few times. The first was at an event where I had a piece of pork. I didn’t see vegetarian options, so I chose meat. Another night, I couldn’t get Mac’s wings out of my mind, so I grabbed 8 of them on the way home and devoured them. Last weekend, we hosted “Drinktoberfest” where we offered bratwursts, and I inhaled two of them. I probably could have avoided those 3 meals of meat but I didn’t. My husband laughs at me often about not having willpower (especially when it comes to Mac’s wings).

I’m okay introducing some meat back into my life but I think I’ll try like once or twice a week and do vegetarian meals the rest of the week. I feel a little better. Can’t say I’m any lighter but that probably has to do with all those guavaberry coladas in St. Martin and the Exact Target conference last week (it was open bar everywhere I turned).

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I think my next challenges will be no alcohol for a month and maybe a no sugar month. Sugar will be hard because I love dessert. I could probably just eat dessert for my meal. And I definitely eat it first when the option is there. I can avoid alcohol but it’s tough with all the weddings we have (I need a little liquid encouragement to dance).

Have you ever tried being vegan or vegetarian? What was your motivation? Did you miss meat / animal products?