During Thanksgiving dinner the average American consumes a whopping 2,000 to 3,000 calories. In order to burn those calories, you would have to walk 20 to 30 miles. Rather than regret your meal, here’s are some practical strategies to help keep calories within reason.
Walk It Off or Turkey Morning Trot
Even if you’ve picked the right things at the meal, take a walk afterward. The fresh air will perk you up, and just ten minutes is fine for today. But adding ten minutes to your daily walk or fitness routine throughout the holidays is a good way to ward off weight gain all winter.
Watch The Booze
Wine is fine in moderation, but it’s helpful to dilute it with sparkling water. Allowing for two glasses diluted with water, you can save up to 200 calories. Or go with red wine instead of sugary cocktails.
According to a University of Rhode Island study, people who eat slowly consume fewer calories than their hurried dinner companions.
Begin The Day With Breakfast
You might be tempted to save all your calories for dinner, but skipping breakfast will sabotage your Thanksgiving resolve. By eating a healthy breakfast prior to sitting down at the Thanksgiving table, you won’t be too hungry and you’ll be less likely to overeat.
Have a plan. As the common adage pines, failure to plan is planning to fail. Don’t just go through the day without any forethought to what you’re going to eat. Think about it ahead of time and know what you’ll be putting in your mouth (and body) and what you’ll choose to walk away from eating.
Eat the turkey. Thankfully (great word, huh?), the star of the show on this day is a wonderful, healthy, high in protein and nutrient rich food! Enjoy it! Make that the centerpiece of your meal. Picture that bird ahead of time and let your mouth water for turkey & Go light on the turkey (I.e. eat the white meat)
Take a relish tray. If you’re not the host of the meal, then by all means, be generous and take food with you. Not only can you share with other family and friends, you’ll have something healthy that you know you can eat. Fill the tray with fresh, raw veggies, various olives and pickles, and munch on those.
Provide a green salad. Most Thanksgiving feasts all but ignore lavish, green salads. Don’t do that. This could be the most healthful and helpful thing for you on the menu. The excellent source of fiber will help to make you feel fuller so that you don’t overeat and leave the table feeling like you just sabotaged all of your weight loss efforts.
Have a green veggie dish. And, NO, I don’t mean green bean casserole loaded with MSG and trans fats. Here’s an easy and yummy spinach casserole, high in protein that even picky eaters will enjoy. Feel free to decrease the grated cheese to lower calories and fat. Spinach Casserole
Enjoy fresh cranberry relish. Not the jellied, comes in a tin can kind of cranberry sauce, loaded with high-fructose, destructive, corn syrup. Here’s a recipe for a simple, raw relish. Feel free to add stevia or agave nectar for added sweetness instead of maple syrup. Cranberry Relish
Avoid the stuffing and the mashed potatoes. If you don’t want to leave the table feeling bloated, out of sorts, and ready for a nap, then turn the other cheek to these two, guaranteed fat-adders. Picture the stuffing on your hips and the potatoes on your belly, cause that’s where they’ll end up.
Indulge in sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are a wonderful food and thankfully (there’s that word again), very plentiful at Thanksgiving time. Enjoy them baked in their jackets with 1 tbsp of butter and also avoid them smothered with brown sugar or marshmallows.