[center]Holiday Meals, Abs Included[/center]
“Do the opposite.” It’s a great little philosophy, with applications ranging from the gym to business to creativity.
This Thanksgiving I decided to do the opposite. I took a day of gluttony and made it a day of muscle-buildin’, abs-retainin’ nutrition.
For years I’ve advised people to just enjoy their holiday meals but to remember that it’s Thanksgiving dinner, not Thanksgiving week. It’s Christmas dinner, not Christmas month. Yet for some reason, otherwise smart individuals start their holiday season by eating their kid’s Halloween candy and finish it on New Year’s day: about two months of out-of-control, physique and health-wrecking face-stuffing.
And you just can’t out-train that kind of dietary debauchery.
So this year I invited some friends over and made them a “healthed-up” Thanksgiving dinner. Here’s what it looked like:
Apricot Glazed Turkey Breast
Sweet Potato and Apricot Bake
Every single food was de-carbed where possible, fibered up, low-GI’ed, protein-enriched, organified*, detoxified, volumized, and calorie-reduced.
*Remember, I have an English degree. I can make up words. It’s in the fine print.
And the real kicker: It all tasted damn good, and I don’t think anyone felt really “deprived.” No one wrecked their diet plans, fell into a carb coma, fed a food addiction, took a step toward getting diabetes, or became nauseous. Honesty, I think I could’ve pulled this off without any of my guests even knowing it was a physique-supportive meal.
Now, I still think it’s generally okay to have a planned “cheat” meal on occasion, but I wanted to see if this holiday meal could be done another way: the opposite way.
The hit of the evening was the apricot glaze. I made it for the turkey as an alternative to gravy (flour, fat, sodium), but we ended up spreading it over everything. Give it a shot for your next holiday get-together:
1 cut apricot preserves, sugar free
1/2 cup apple juice, 100% pure (I prefer the Simply Apple brand)
1 teaspoon dijon mustard, natural style
Put it all into a pan, whisk, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 4-5 minutes or until you notice it thickening up.
Spread it over everything, including your girlfriend.
(Especially your girlfriend.)