Happy Thanksgiving

November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving is a day when we come together with family and friends to share, practice forgiveness, and show acceptance. We smile and laugh while passing the yams and rolls, commenting on the turkey , the cranberries and stuffing while keeping traditions held since we were kids. Diets and fitness regimens are forgotten as we bathe in the love and joy of those near and dear to us.  The trick is to satisfy your desire for traditional favorites and still enjoy the Thanksgiving feast without feeling deprived or overstuffed. After all, Thanksgiving is about more than the delicious bounty of food. It's a time to celebrate relationships with family and friends. Keeping that in mind, there are a few (almost) painless rules you can use to help:
  • Eat a healthy breakfast! Start the day off with oatmeal or whole grain pancakes with fresh or dried or fruit.
  • Get moving! Take a walk after breakfast.  Holidays are stressful day, a walk will calm and relax you so you're prepared for the exciting, sometimes stress-filled day!
  • If you're cooking, use some whole grain bread in the stuffing. Bringing the bread or rolls?  Go whole grain!
  • Offer to bring, a tossed salad with vinaigrette dressing.  Dress it up for the holidays with dried cranberries and nuts. Starting a meal with salad lets you feel full sooner.
  • Fill your plate with turkey and vegetables with side portions of the stuffing, potatoes and gravy.  This will save lots of calories and fill you up with much healthier foods.
  • Save room for dessert.  Wait a while after dinner to eat dessert you can enjoy every bite.  Have a small portion and skip the guilt -- if you’ve followed these tips, you’ve already eaten plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, so there’s no need to feel bad.  If you your sweet tooth isn't satisfied, try some fruit salad with whipped topping.
  • Go easy on alcohol.  You consume a lot extra calories with that beer you drink while watching football or the couple of glasses of wine with dinner.  Drink lots of water or club soda in between drinks, you'll stay hydrated, lower your intake of alcohol calories, and stay sober!
  • Get moving after dinner!  Take another walk or take the kids to the park.
The holiday season is a time for celebration. Enjoy the day by socializing with family and friends socializing and spending quality time together. Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for your support!

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