Bob LaRosa’s Before and After (1st of many “after” pictures to come)

Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends!  I wanted to catch you up with what I have been doing for the past 6 months.  You may have noticed that I have not been posting many recipes and the reason is that I have been working hard on my book to be published next year!

I wanted to give everyone some tips on how to eat sensibly today, and enjoy the flavors and sensations of  the Thanksgiving dishes that we love and treasure.  In this post, I will incorporate some tips as well as share the success of Bob LaRosa – one of the many amazing success stories with the Carb Light Living Program.

The picture on the left was taken on September 9, 2012 and the picture on the right was taken November 15, 2012.

There is no better day than today to show you the commendable success that Bob LaRosa has achieved so far by eating low carb!  He lost 32 pounds in 62 days!

The big question is:  What is Bob going to eat this Thanksgiving?  In an email response to my suggestion that we not engage in deprivation thinking, Bob writes:

Now as for your Thanksgiving suggestion or as you say: we don’t engage in “deprivation thinking!” That is most definitely not for me. I am not going to derail myself from the goal of 50 by Christmas.  Besides, I will have one day on December 9th where I will be going off the wagon.  Pasta…some Italian bread… maybe even dessert. But that is the one and only day I go off track.  My wife always makes rice pudding on Thanksgiving for me but not this year.  My dessert will be Jell-O with ZERO Carbs or no fat Jell-O.  Carol makes the best stuffing and lots of it.  But not this year.  Oh yeah she will make it but just not as much as I’m the one that always ate the left overs. My meal will consist of turkey, string beans and that is it! But I will be digging into the appetizers such as: Antipasto and various cheeses.”

I am thankful to Bob for providing us with a way to stay on track on Thanksgiving, if we choose.

For those of us who want to splurge a little for Thanksgiving, I suggest the following:

  • Fill ½ of your plate with non-starchy vegetables (asparagus, green beans, salad, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, zucchini, broccoli, mushrooms)
  • Fill ¼ of the plate with skinless turkey breast slices or other high protein lean meat (sirloin, skinless chicken, pork loin chop)
  • Fill ¼ of the plate with a combination of starchier vegetables like corn, peas and a scoop of stuffing – go ahead and enjoy the gravy but not too much cranberry sauce
  • For dessert, enjoy a piece of your favorite pie without the crust – and don’t forget the whipped cream!
  • If drinking wine or other alcoholic beverages, follow each drink with a glass of water.

Suggestion:  This year you might want to try a delicious potato substitute – the faux Cauliflower “Tatoes” – click here for my creamy Faux Cauliflower recipe .

So go ahead and enjoy some of your favorites at the Thanksgiving table – or not.  It’s Low Carb the Way YOU Like It!

REMEMBER TO EAT SLOW AND SAVOR EVERY BITE!

For those who want to know what Bob plans for the future, I include part of an email dated November 10, 2012:

Well as of this morning I am down 32 pounds. Yes you read correctly 32.  

Two nights ago I was looking at a sweatshirt Carol bought for me in 2005. It is very special as it is the sweatshirt of the professional baseball team Mike played for. At the time it was tight and I only wore it 2 or 3 times. Anyway I thought I would try it on. It not only fits there is room to spare. That is over 7 years ago Carol gave me that sweatshirt.

My goal is a minimum of 60 pounds.  I want to make 50 by Christmas but I think that may be a stretch. I was hoping for 40 by Thanksgiving and I know that will likely not happen. 8 pounds in less than 2 weeks is not realistic.  But I know I will lose more by then and certainly be down over 40 pounds by Christmas. 

We met up on Monday September 9th. That is a mere 62 days ago. Two months and I am down 32 pounds. It is utterly amazing. I am never hungry nor am I frustrated. And frustration is the reason for failing on every diet I have attempted over these past few decades. Putting on a shirt that has not fit, pants, a sweatshirt even socks it is so exciting and REWARDING.

Happy Thanksgiving Day – and keep in mind why we eat low carb – to manage our weight and for overall good health!

Joann

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