Monday, November 25, 2013
That feast of all feasts is approaching. In our family Thanksgiving is the biggest single food event of the year (even more than Christmas). In the past it has often been a day of excess. I can remember many a Thanksgiving Dinner where I snacked on the appetizers, filled my plate twice and had more than one dessert! Then as if that wasn't enough ... the evening leftover warm-ups finished the day in a high calorie, high fat, high carb, high sugar frenzy.
That was THEN. This is NOW. Here are the ways I keep the "tradition" of Thanksgiving but stay on the journey.
1. Keep calories in check and exercise high in the days before Thanskgiving.
2. Plan my meal (even if YOU are eating somewhere other than home research the expected dishes and their serving sizes and calories.) Plan now and go into your meal with your selections already in mind.
3. If you are cooking the meal - make healthy substitutions and be sure to include some low calorie high volume foods (fruits and veggies).
4. Keep your food scale and measuring cups handy if eating at home. The eye tends toward larger portions.
5. Keep your breakfast very light but try for protein (stays with you longer). Scramble egg white and veggie omelette and a citrus fruit would be a great start.
6. Skip the chex mix, pigs in a blanket and go for the veggie tray as an appetizer.
7. A "taste" will often suffice. If you MUST have that pecan crusted sweet potato souffle then have one small spoonful and savor it. Fill your plate with the healthy vegetables and some turkey and skip the gravy.
8. Try for a sliver of dessert rather than the whole piece. Pecan pie runs about 500 calories for a normal slice. Better still have one bite of someone else's piece.
9. ENJOY the conversation, the football, the family games, and the Black Friday shopping planning.
10. Be the first to offer to clean up. It says STOP to your eating and gets you a little activity as well.
11. Take a walk after the meal. This could become a Thanksgiving tradition.
12. Track your meal even if you go over. It will help you in the future to curb your calories.
13. Finish the day well with exercise, Friday food planning, blogging, and/or packing a healthy lunch from the leftovers (not the pecan pie) if you have to work the next day.
14. FRIDAY morning step on the scale. YES you will likely be up as the food is in your gut as well as the high sodium content holding fluids in your tissues but this Friday check-in will go a long way to getting you BACK on track. Don't let Thanksgiving Thursday turn into a four day food buffet!
You TOO can survive Thanskgiving with a little planning and a bit of effort. You will be glad you did!
GOBBLE GOBBLE (but not too much!)
HAPPY THANKSGIVING - TRAVEL SAFELY!