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Do You Eat Anything You Want on Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is only a few days away, and I'm already excited about the food: mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cranberry sauce top my list. Oh, and let's not forget my favorite — pumpkin pie for breakfast! I've been eating ridiculously clean for the last two weeks, and am starting to worry that I may go overboard by the time Thanksgiving dinner hits.

I'm usually one to say that the holidays deserve a free pass when it comes to food, but the average Thanksgiving plate contains 3,000 calories. Not too surprising when you consider that the whole day is centered around carb- and fat-laden foods with an absence of fresh fruits and veggies. And it doesn't end on Thanksgiving either. That meal usually stretches into days of leftovers, which bleed into holiday parties until Christmas and another big dinner hits, which is capped off by an (often) alcohol-fueled New Year's Eve.

But, again, it's the holidays, a time to celebrate. So which side of the food argument are you on — OK to splurge, or does portion control rule the day?

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Spectra Spectra 6 years
Kind of. I eat whatever I want; I just don't eat as much of what I want as everyone else does. I take a little bit of my favorites, eat plenty of white meat turkey, and fill up on salad. That way, I can indulge in all the good stuff and not go overboard with the calories.
amber512 amber512 6 years
Pssh, I wish! I can't have gluten and can only handle limited dairy. I despise meat and stay away from unfermented soy. I have no clue what I'm going to find at the dinner on Thursday!
Soniabonya Soniabonya 6 years
Oh, I forgot to add that I will eat in moderation at my mil home, which will be very hard since she has TONS of sweets in the house. :scared:
Soniabonya Soniabonya 6 years
My family had our thanksgiving dinner on Saturday since my husband and I and now going to his moms on the day of. I ate whatever the heck I wanted and drank as well. Even when my mom busted out the margaritas for a pre dinner drink. Lol. I love my family's dinner since we all make the effort to make everything fresh and healthy. Nothing from the box (except the bread stuffing). Lots of veggies and minimal meat. Even my sister's boyfriend was impressed and devoured half the stuffing I made :D
tigr3bianca tigr3bianca 6 years
I used to eat everything I wanted and had seconds, but now I make healthier versions of my favorites and limit myself to just one serving.
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 6 years
I eat whatever I want, but I don't gorge myself. I'm a vegetarian, so I don't have turkey. I make a plate of sweet potatoes, green beans, vegetables, bread, and usually have a bit of dessert. (Not a pumpkin/pecan pie fan, but maybe some vanilla ice cream.) Yes, it's higher in sugar and fat and calories than I normally eat, but not 3000 calories. And I don't feel sick after!
Marshmelly411 Marshmelly411 6 years
Of course! Its a holiday!
ticamorena ticamorena 6 years
no, my strategy on almost any food heavy celebration is to eat small portions of most things (maybe two bites max of each, including dessert) then freeze the rest immediately - i love knowing that in a couple of weeks i can enjoy the menu again, free of effort! i will still not eat certain foods - potatoes, most pies, creamy desserts and sauces irrespective of the occasion - i just don't like them.
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