Yes, I’ll Be Eating

For those of us here in the U.S., turkey time is upon us once again.  It’s absolutely my favorite holiday.  I find it a heroic little celebration struggling to survive amid the premature Christmas decorations and Black Friday freak show.  This day symbolizes gratitude, one thing I think many of us overlook in our day-to-day.  But before I get all sappy on you, let’s get to the real reason I love Thanksgiving – the food.

I was all prepared to whip up a great post loaded with lots of clean Thanksgiving recipes and inspirational tips to get you through the day.  I even found a fabulous Thanksgiving Feast post from one of my favorite clean eating blogs, The Gracious Pantry.  But as I started I realized that I was faking it.  I don’t really want to eat clean versions of my Thanksgiving favorites.  This is my favorite meal of the 2,190 I will have this year.  Why in the world would I cheat myself out of enjoying it?

Pumpkin pie with lots of whipped cream at Jess...

I’m gonna eat.  The carb-loaded mashed potatoes slathered with gravy, homemade bread with more than 1 tsp of butter, and the pie.  Oh yes, my friends, I will partake in the pumpkin pie dolloped with real whipped cream.  I’m even going to enjoy a few glasses of wine.  Yep, you heard it right, that’s plural on the libation.

As I’m loading my plate, I will be mindful of the last time I ate with such abandon.  It was my last night of a girls’ trip this Spring to my hometown of Austin, Texas.  We don’t have a lot of authentic barbecue choices where I live now, so I really wanted to take pleasure in some good brisket and potato salad before I left.  We dined at the County Line, and it was heavenly, as expected.  I literally stuffed myself.  The first few minutes were fabulous, but as I continued plowing through my meal, I began to regret my disregard for portion control.  When it was over I felt like I was literally going to burst.  I dealt with that misery the entire rest of the night and into the next morning.  SO, I won’t be making that same mistake again, and will exercise some modicum of discipline this Thursday.  You can see more about my philosophy on this in Anatomy of a Cheat Meal.  In any case, I will be enjoying a little bit of everything I adore, which is what I like to call balance.

Austin Texas Lake Front

What is your plan for the holiday?  What are your thoughts on getting through the season?