Well, the holiday weekend certainly took its toll, negating any loss (can you negate a loss?) I struggled so hard to achieve. My weight is back to the starting point and it's deja vu all over again.
My first mistake was making Thanksgiving dinner by myself. Oh, I had a little help from the family but, basically, the feast was mine to fix.
As a person who loves to cook when I have the time, I relished the challenge and the opportunity (Ours is usually a pot luck affair with extended family). But working in the kitchen all day put me up close and personal with WAY too many carbs - stuffing, rolls, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes (the potato vote was split so I made both), gravy, cranberry sauce. And, heaven help me, I'm a "sample as you go" kind of cook. A little taste here; another nibble there. By the time we sat down at 6:30 to eat, I felt like I was going back for seconds!
Suffice it to say, I fell off the wagon. (And, by the way, does anyone know how many calories a glass of wine has? Now multiply that by three!)
And the leftovers!! Five people did little damage to the 19-pound turkey I received from work. We finally polished off the Tom last night.
Then, adding insult to injury, I gave a football watch party on Saturday night and watched my precious Kansas Jayhawks go down in defeat to our arch enemy Missouri, now Number 1 in the country. I offered my guests a nice, lean white chili (recipe below) but couldn't resist the cornbread, dips and brownies people brought to go with it (What can I say? I was on my last nerve).
As Scarlett O'Hara said, "Tomorrow is another day" and I woke up this morning with that same attitude. I popped out of bed, made myself a bowl of steel cut oats, and knocked down two big glasses of water with lemon before I hopped on the treadmill.
As I was plodding along like a hamster on a wheel (does anyone else get that caged rodent feeling while on the treadmill?), I thought about the upcoming holiday season and another big holiday weekend ahead - neighborhood gathering, wedding, caroling party. I'm going to need a better strategy - any strategy - to get through it unscathed.
How do YOU negotiate the dietary mine fields of the holidays?
Recipe for White Chili, adapted from "Beyond Parsley" by the Kansas City Missouri Junior League
1 pound large white beans
6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium onions, chopped (divided)
1 tablespoon oil
1 4-ounce cans chopped green chilies
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
4 cups diced cooked chicken or turkey, white meat
3 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese (low fat)
- Combine beans, chicken broth, garlic, and half of the onions in a large soup pot and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer until beans are very soft, 3 hours or more. Add more chicken broth, if necessary.
- In a skillet, saute' remaining onions in oil until tender. Add chilies and seasonings and mix thoroughly.
- Add to bean mixture. Add chicken or turkey and continue to simmer 1 hour. Serve with grated cheese.
Published On: November 26, 2007