Yes, I’ll Be Eating (Again)

This is an updated reblog from last year’s post, but most every point still rings true.  Except for the alcohol!

Nothing says I love you quite like inflatable turkeys
Nothing says I love you quite like inflatable turkeys – a pre-holiday surprise compliments of the Lobster

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 an 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 the most highly revered meal of the 2,190 I will have this year.  Why in the world would I cheat myself out of enjoying it?

Immunizing the bird circa 2000
Bird detail circa 2000

Another reason I love this day is family.  This will be the first year since we moved from Texas that I will host my kinfolk (well, 2 of them).  I commend these brave souls for traversing the suburban Colorado landscape in the winter.  Yes, 2 inches of snow on the ground qualifies it as winter here folks.  So it won’t be a huge gathering, but we’re gonna eat man!

me and mom and dad rehearsalMy mom and dad have always made the holiday an extra special memory for me, and I intend to continue that tradition for all of us.  The stuffed, baked potatoes slathered with my mom’s homemade 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 egg-nog flavored soy milk.  Yep, you heard it right, I will be DRINKING some calories as well (pause for reaction).  And I’ll clearly be whooping it up in the process!

eggnogAs 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 last 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.

county lineWhen it was all 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.  And let’s not forget my more recent string of holiday missteps…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.

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