How is it Thanksgiving week already?! November, where’d you go? My favorite month of the year and I couldn’t even tell you what I’ve been up to.
I hope everyone, including myself, takes some time this week to focus on the things that truly matter, your family and friends. Set aside some time to reflect on all the things in your life you have to be grateful for in this season. Trust me, this little task makes a huge impact.
‘Tis the season
You all know how I feel about November, so one rule we have in our house, something I am adamant about, is no Christmas decorations until the day after Thanksgiving. This year I caved, again, who am I?
And so it goes, the beginning of the Holiday season is in full swing. With the Holidays, comes temptation. Motivation can easily dissipate as we move closer to New Years. All of the delicious food, dessert, drinks, parties, everyone wants to celebrate, all the the time. I’ve been there, you have a few weeks until New Years, you can’t help yourself at parties and egg nog only comes once a year, it would be sinful not to drink it. You promise yourself on January 1st you’re going to start fresh. And then ….. you don’t.
Not this year! Set tiny goals for yourself. Start with Thanksgiving, don’t track macros or calories, simply enjoy the food and your family. Who wants to be stressed on Thanksgiving because they have no idea how many carbs are in that pumpkin pie their about to crush, NO, just don’t. Don’t deprive yourself, it only makes the weeks to come worse.
Be cognizant of how you feel, don’t make yourself sick, you get to eat again tomorrow. One day of indulging a little will not ruin the work you’ve put in over the past few weeks, months, years.
If you’re interested in making some great thanksgiving dishes that may be a little more macro friendly, I’ve put together a collection for you!
Running to The Kitchen Simple Pear & apple Cranberry sauce
A family Feast Perfect Turkey Gravy
Food Faith Fitness 5 ingredient Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
The Real Food Rds – Maple Sweet Potato Hash
Food Faith Fitness . Pumpkin spice paleo magic bars
Running to the Kitchen Slow cooker cranberry sauce
Oh she Glows Sweet potato casserole
Minimalist baker Vegan mashed potatoes
PaleOMG Maple roasted brussels sprouts and butternut squash
House of Yum Crockpot cranberry stuffing
Chef Steps Turkey Sous Vide
PaleOMG Caramelized onion and sausage stuffing
Ambitious Kitchen The best apple crisp you’ll ever have
Smitten Kitchen Apple slab pie ( for this recipe you can also use two pre-made pie crusts)
Pinch of Yum Bacon and brussel sprout salad
Not cooking? No problem.
For those of you that are in a pinch, or don’t feel like cooking, I highly recommend checking out Costco or Trader Joe’s for your thanksgiving needs! Costco’s pumpkin pie is divine, huge, and only $6.00, just sayin’.
Trader Joe’s has pre cut butternut squash, frozen riced cauliflower, delicious stuffing in a box, and tons of other goodies to check out! They also have a great cheese and wine selection for that thanksgiving pre-game.