Get the Skinny on the Turkey!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING ALL!

Well the Holidays are upon us and with these special events, come a lot of great foods, desserts and much more!!

Well, I wanted to let you know that there is no reason to sabotage your accomplishments or gain that extra pound or two or more….around the Holidays…It’s hard but it can be done!

Here is my skinny on Thanksgiving and for any Holiday, for that matter!

Thanksgiving only comes around once a year, so you say to yourself why not go ahead and splurge? Well, don’t say it or do it!!

Because gaining weight during the holiday season is a national pastime. Year after year, most of us pack on at least a pound (some gain more) during the holidays — and keep the extra weight permanently.

But Thanksgiving does not have to sabotage your weight. With a little know-how, you can satisfy your desire for traditional favorites and still enjoy a guilt-free Thanksgiving feast. After all, being stuffed is a good idea only if you are a turkey!

Here are 10 Tips To Help You Get The Skinny on Thankgiving!

#1 Get Active

Create a calorie deficit by exercising to burn off extra calories before you ever indulge in your favorite foods.

So make sure you get your exercise in for today so you can burn off some calories.
Eating less and exercise more is the winning formula to prevent weight gain during the holidays. Increase your steps or lengthen your fitness routine the weeks ahead and especially the day of the feast.

Take a walk early in the day and then again after dinner. It is a wonderful way for families to get physical activity and enjoy the holiday together.

#2 Eat Breakfast

While you might think it makes sense to save up calories for the big meal, experts say eating a small meal in the morning can give you more control over your appetite. Start your day with a small but satisfying breakfast — such as an egg with a slice of whole-wheat toast, or a bowl of whole-grain cereal with low-fat milk — so you won’t be starving when you arrive at the gathering.

Eating a nutritious meal with protein and fiber before you arrive takes the edge off your appetite and allows you to be more discriminating in your food and beverage choices.

#3 Make Your Dishes Healthier

Whether you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner or bringing a few dishes to share, make your recipes healthier with less fat, sugar, and calories.

There is more sugar and fat in most recipes than is needed, and no one will notice the difference if you skim calories by using lower calorie ingredients

Use fat-free chicken broth to baste the turkey and make gravy.
Use sugar substitutes in place of sugar and/or fruit purees instead of oil in baked goods.
Reduce oil and butter wherever you can.
Try plain yogurt or fat-free sour cream in creamy dips, mashed potatoes, and casseroles.

#4 Police Your Portions

Thanksgiving tables are bountiful and beautiful displays of traditional family favorites. Before you fill your plate, survey the buffet table and decide what you’re going to choose. Then select reasonable-sized portions of foods you cannot live without.

Don’t waste your calories on foods that you can have all year long. Fill your plate with small portions of holiday favorites that only come around once a year so you can enjoy desirable, traditional foods

#5 Skip the Seconds

Try to resist the temptation to go back for second helpings.

Leftovers are much better the next day, and if you limit yourself to one plate, you are less likely to overeat and have more room for a delectable dessert.

#6 Choose the Best Bets on the Buffet

While each of us has our own favorites, keep in mind that some holiday foods are better choices than others.

White turkey meat, plain vegetables, roasted sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, defatted gravy, and pumpkin pie tend to be the best bets because they are lower in fat and calories., “if you keep your portions small, you can enjoy whatever you like.

#7 Slowly Savor

Eating slowly, putting your fork down between bites, and tasting each mouthful is one of the easiest ways to enjoy your meal and feel satisfied with one plate full of food. Choosing whole grains, fruits, vegetables, broth-based soups, salads, and other foods with lots of water and fiber add to the feeling of fullness.

Spread out the food and fun all day long. A good family tradition to start for your Thanksgiving gathering is to schedule dessert after a walk.

#8 Go Easy on Alcohol

Don’t forget those alcohol calories that can add up quickly.

Have a glass of wine or a wine spritzer and between alcoholic drinks, (or) enjoy sparkling water. This way you stay hydrated, limit alcohol calories, and stay sober.

#9 Be Realistic

The holiday season is a time for celebration. With busy schedules and so many extra temptations, this is a good time to strive for weight maintenance instead of weight gain.

Shift from a mindset of weight gain to weight loss or weight maintenance.You will be ahead of the game if you can avoid gaining any weight over the holidays.

#10 Focus on Family and Friends

Thanksgiving is not just about the delicious bounty of food. It’s a time to celebrate relationships with family and friends.

The main event should be family and friends socializing, spending quality time together, not just what is on the buffet!

Enjoy Your Holidays and please like and follow my blog!

What are some of your favorite and healthy dishes you prepare for the holidays? I would love to hear from you!

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