O. M. G. Boy I have had a week, thank goodness it’s a short one. Well, it is a short one for most people, but I’ve still got plenty of Hungry Hobby stuff planned don’t you worry. So, let me just catch you up. Nala puking all over the floor two mornings in a row. It’s been a disaster. We took her to the vet, they said it was fine to wait it out. The next day the vomit had blood in it so off to the emergency pet hospital we went. Then I proceeded to pay A TON, and I mean A TON to find out she didn’t have an obstruction and her blood work looked fine. I could have paid a third of the amount, treated her with fluids/antibiotics/anti-nausea and she would most likely have been fine. I’m typing this and praying that I don’t insert my foot in my mouth and wake up to a dog puking it’s brains out for the third morning in a row. If she doesn’t puke I’m headed to a coffee shop so I can actually get some uninterrupted work done. If she isn’t fine, I won’t know what to do. They said it’s most likely a GI bug or irritation, let’s hope that’s what it is.
I literally do not think I can take any more craziness. I just want to hang out with my family, give my nephew horsie rides, and drink a little to much sulfite free wine. Isn’t that what the holidays are about anyway? I know we have talked about the holidays before, but let’s do a quick little recap. One day is not going to make or break your lifestyle. In my opinion, it’s not actual Thanksgiving you need to worry about it, it’s all the days surrounding it. Same with any other holiday, those actual days are to be enjoyed. The days surround it are filled with people bringing treats from all directions to extend the celebration period of the holiday. My clients who are teachers or nurses seem to have it the worse. The teacher’s lounge and break room are filled with all kinds of craziness. Luckily, I don’t interact with people in that way. In fact, if there are treats around it’s likely because I baked them for the blog or a client and I’m the one bringing them to get them out of my house. However, over the weekend we made a double batch of pumpkin pie bars to serve at my SIL’s party. We made one pan too many so there was plenty of leftovers, so pumpkin pie every night is totally okay right? So you get my drift, watch out for the days surrounding Thanksgiving and other holidays more than the holiday itself. That is tip number 1.
Tip number 2 is to use your common sense. I know I didn’t post a healthy habit this week, that is because this week it’s all about chilling out and relaxing. Don’t be an idiot, don’t starve yourself all day just to enjoy food that will be in endless supply for daaaaayyyyyysss. Get a workout in the morning, we have a tradition of a Turkey Day run but you do you. Ideally get some good hard work in, sprints or Tabata training would be fantastic. If you need an idea, check tomorrow’s blog post, hint hint.
Tip number 3 is to use your intuitive eating skills. 1) Gauge your hunger cues before you sit down to eat 2) eat until you are 80% full 3) focus on the time with people, not the food. I don’t recommend restricting yourself from things you love (and your stomach tolerates). I also don’t recommend looking at it like a free for all one time a year pass. The first is not a lifestyle you can maintain, if you can maintain it, you won’t be happy about it. We are all on this earth for a short period of time, don’t waste your time being unhappy. The latter will lead to consuming the 4000 calories that most Americans consume on Thanksgiving, simply unnecessary. For me, I eat whatever I want on Thanksgiving until I’m not hungry anymore. I make sure I get some vegetables as well as all other side dishes on my plate and don’t stress about it. Stress is going to make you gain more weight than the Thanksgiving side dishes, probably quicker too. It is hard when people are going up for seconds or thirds, I want to go but know I’m not hungry. I remind myself there will be plenty of leftovers and bait myself with my leftover favorite, Turkey Enchiladas.
What’s on our Thanksgiving menu:
- Healthy Cornbread Stuffing
- Cranberry Sauce
- Buttermilk Cauliflower Mash
- Mash Potatoes
- Brussels Sprouts
- Roasted Green Beans (with olive oil, seasonings and sliced almonds)
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