Thinner Thanksgiving Tips

November 23, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It’s the same old story year after year…gaining weight during the holiday season is a national pastime. How did we become so side tracked from the true meaning of holiday and so focused on food.
This holiday season does not have to sabotage your efforts to stay trim, be healthy and Enjoy!

Get A Move On
Get ahead of the Holidays. Eat less and exercise more to prevent weight gain.
Training and participating in those Turkey Day 5K Races will create a calorie deficit/ burn before indulging in your favorite foods.
Eat smart all season long and have those hard-earned “cheat meals” (not days/weeks) at holiday feasts.
No Skipping
Don’t starve yourself the day before trying to “save” calories for the next day. This is a recipe for disaster and will lead to overeating.
Eat a nutritious breakfast, such as egg whites a slice of whole-wheat toast and 1/2 a grapefruit. You may also want to eat a small snack before arriving at the feast. This will give you more control over your appetite and reduce the need for second helpings.
“5 Super Easy’s”
1.) Choose wisely. At Thanksgiving there are so many favorites to choose from, scan the spread and fill your plate with only the most desirable. Even better the most nutritious (White turkey meat, plain vegetables, sweet potatoes, defatted gravy, and pumpkin pie tend to be the best bets because they are lower in fat and calories).
2.) Portion control.
3.) Skip the Seconds. Opt for leftovers.
4.) Drink lots of water. Go easy on the alcohol.
5.) Eat Slowly.
Whether you are doing the honors yourself or bringing a dish, make your recipes healthier.
Use the bountiful resources available giving you options for smart, healthy tasty cooking.
Expert suggestions:
Use fat-free/ low sodium chicken broth to baste the turkey and make gravy.
Use natural sugar substitutes in place of sugar and/or fruit puree instead of oil in baked goods.
Try plain yogurt or fat-free sour cream in creamy dips, mashed potatoes, and casseroles.
My favorite: Ditch the Crisco!


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