It's helped me a LOT to be aware of the Fall/Winter treats that I have, in the past, pigged out on. My biggest weakness is caramels. I have them, but I avoid them, only having about 3/week. Chocolate has never been a big problem, but my DH swears that giving yourself very small treats will keep you from eating too much, and won't ruin your calorie intake.
RE: Thanksgiving, I make our families joint meal, so I have control over the ingredients. Here was last Thursday's menu:
--Turkey, cooked with sage leaves (from my herb garden outside), onion, s & p, covered with aluminum foil and cooked for 5 hours, low
--Turkey gravy, made w/drippings, ground/cooked liver, milk and flour (high fiber--"King Arthur" is one HF brand)
--Mashed potatoes, made with milk and sour cream and salt
--Corn, cooked and drained from the can, which drains off some salt
--Okra, fried. Our family loves it and it disappears, but there are never leftovers so the portions are small
--Cranberry/Orange relish, made with fresh ingredients, and that keeps that sugar needed smaller
--Fresh Glazed carrots, from my garden, picked that day, boiled
--Glazed sweet potatoes, boiled--both LIGHTLY glazed with butter and brown sugar. Don't like "some Sweet Potatoes with my marshmallows"
--1-2-3 salad--SIL made, apples, onions and pickles mixed with mayo
We made 3 pies: pumpkin, lemon merange and cherry. Everybody was too full to have them until after our "Uncle Tusky Uno" game, and nobody had big pieces.
I didn't gain an ounce fropm Thanksgiving, but I also started the turkey at 5 am, and worked about 3 hours on the meal, and that always helps.
SIL does the Christmas dinner, and I make myself take small portions, so I don't eat too much.
Thought this might help somebody on the thread.
ONE MORE THING, for the New Year's. You will drink less alcohol if you take your hard liquor on the rocks, and nurse it. You will also sober up quicker.