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11/16/07 6:30 P

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I did join HUNGRY GIRL and they send me daily tips and great foods to eat. www.HUNGRY-GIRL.com

Top ATE Thanksgiving Tips 'n Tricks!

Eight great ways to avoid the typically unavoidable Thanksgiving bloat...

1. Eat breakfast and a protein-packed lunch before the big feast. If you starve yourself during the day, you could wind up SO crazy-famished by the time you sit down at the dinner table that you gobble up WAY too much food.

2. Go for lean, white meat turkey to get the most bang for your calorie-buck. Dark meat has about 15% more calories and 30 - 40% more fat than light meat. And ditch the skin while you're at it (that's where most of the fat hangs out!).

3. Drink plenty of H2O throughout the day and during the big meal. It'll keep you hydrated and clear-minded (so you'll be less likely to make bad food choices), and it'll help fill you up faster.

4. Treat yourself to small portions of the seasonal side dishes and desserts you've been craving all year long. If you deprive yourself, you could end up raiding the fridge in the middle of the night and going overboard!

5. Start with a salad and/or some soup. Then fill your plate mostly with healthy sides and lots of lean meat. Chances are you'll be pretty satisfied and full by the time dessert is served.

6. Bring along a tasty guilt-free dish, so you know you'll have at least one thing you can splurge on. Check out our recipe round-up below for some good ones! And if you're not into baking, or just feeling lazy, toss together a fresh fruit salad (try drizzling it with some Torani Sugar Free Coconut Syrup).

7. Burn calories, not the turkey. Remember, the more calories you torch with activity, the more you can consume without gaining weight come Turkey Day. If you've got the day off from work, you really have no excuse to skip the exercise (okay, unless you're prepping dinner all day... then you have an excuse!). If you can’t get in a full workout pre-festivities, make a point to take Fido on a fast-paced walk, take the stairs all day long (two at a time if you can take it!), and just try to be extra-active throughout the day. You could even organize a game of tag football with your family members (you know you've been looking for an excuse to tackle one of your irritating relatives!).

8. Wear your favorite form-fitting clothes and you'll be way less likely to overeat. No stretchy pants, people!!!





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11/15/07 12:31 A

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Great tips!

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11/13/07 1:07 P

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thanks for these tips

my personal survival tip - dont take something if you dont really like it.. i personally hate candied sweet yams but have taken them in the past just because it was the holiday.. no more of that for me this year :)

do not eat the pudding at this time


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11/9/07 8:04 P

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thank you, there are terrific...")

I am hoping to be a loser.

I may be as slow as a turtle when it comes to weight loss but at least I will look good in my shell.

We are always getting ready to live but never living!

ONE DAY AT A TIME!



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11/9/07 7:32 P

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There is A LOT of great useful ideas and info there! Thank you for looking it up and I think I will try making the mashed cauliflower!

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11/8/07 7:59 P

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Thanks a bunch. This will certainly help me out.

Cherly
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11/8/07 7:46 P

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Thanks Christine for all the great tips.

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11/8/07 7:22 P

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Hungry Girl: Thanksgiving Survival
Smart tips to help you beat the holiday bloat

by Lisa "Hungry Girl" Lillien (see more from this expert)
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Hungry Girl is here to help you survive Thanksgiving, the "foodiest" day of the year!
Swap Meat

There's a reason Thanksgiving is called "Turkey Day." Ninety-two percent of Americans gobble up turkey on the holiday each year. Make your four-ounce helping of turkey white meat and skinless, and you'll be taking in just 150 calories. Eat the same amount of dark meat with skin and you'll be swallowing approximately 100 more calories (and more fat and cholesterol). Make the switch and save your calories for dessert.


Silence of the Yams
Sure, sweet potatoes are vegetables. But even veggies can wreck a diet when they're smothered in butter, cream and sugar, then suffocated by marshmallows! A typical serving of the too-sweet side dish contains about 300 calories. Instead, bake up a small sweet potato and enjoy that. It's loaded with vitamins A and C, as well as calcium and iron. It's also low in sodium and a good source of fiber.

Bean There, Done That
That green bean casserole may be more dangerous than you think. It's usually packed with calories and fat, from all that creamy soup and those insane fried onions. Swap out your creamed soups with low-fat or fat-free versions, and instead of those fatty, fried, canned onion rings, use crushed Crispy Delites Red Onion Veggie Chips (HealthyDelite.com). Your casserole will be much lower in fat and calories, and it'll taste just as good.

The Spice Is Right
Here's a recipe for too-easy holiday spice muffins. Mix a box of spice cake mix with one regular-sized can of pumpkin (plain old pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling). Don't add anything else that may be mentioned on the box, such as eggs, oil or water. The mixture will be very thick, and you will be tempted to add in other things to make the batter smoother. Do not add anything else at all! Place batter into muffin tins (or mini muffin tins) lined with paper or sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Makes 12 regular or 36 mini muffins. Each muffin (or three minis) will have under 200 calories!

Hungry Girl Find! Jennie-O Oven Ready Turkey

Cooking that Thanksgiving bird can be quite a feat. You have to defrost the sucker, then (ewww!) clean it. Good news! Jennie-O has decided to give you one more thing to be thankful for ‑- new Oven Ready Turkey! This fresh-frozen turkey goes directly from your freezer to your oven with no thawing required. It's preseasoned and cleaned. Four ounces of the Butter, Garlic and Herb flavor has just 150 calories, seven grams of fat and no carbs. The Homestyle flavor has just 10 calories and two grams of fat more per serving. Use the time this easy-to-make turkey saves you to take a pre-dinner walk to get your metabolism going.


Tips and Tricks

* Slip some pumpkin pie spice into some fat-free hot cocoa or apple cider for a yummy holiday treat. Sip on this festive, creamy delight while everyone else is having that second piece of pie!

* Use your leftover turkey to make turkey vegetable soup instead of turkey sandwiches. You'll save calories and carbs, and squeeze in extra servings of healthy veggies.

* Watching carbs? Have cauliflower instead of potatoes. Just mash 'em with some light butter, soy milk and garlic for a guilt-free side that'll please any potato lover.

Chew on This

The average Thanksgiving meal contains about 3,000 calories. A 160-pound person would have to walk 30 miles to burn that off. Eeeeeks!

Girls Bite Out Thanksgiving Find!
Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino Light (Grande)

If you love Frappuccinos and pumpkin flavor, you're in luck. Starbucks has added, for a limited time only, a Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino Light blended coffee to their menu. I know I have sort of a love/hate relationship with the coffee chain, but today I love Starbucks. They really hit a home run with this fantastic frozen frap. The pumpkin flavor is perfect ‑- not overpowering at all and with just the right amount of spice. Yum! The best part? A grande has under 200 calories and just one gram of fat. Treat yourself to one of these before it's too late ‑- they'll be gone before you know it!
Nutritional Info Serving Size: Grande Calories: 190 Fat: 1 gram Carbs: 38 grams Fiber: 3 grams Protein: 7 grams

Edited by: SIMPLYCRICKET at: 11/8/2007 (19:49)
"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me." Psalm 51:10


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11/8/07 7:19 P

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How To Survive Thanksgiving Dinner While On A Diet
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It's the dreaded time of the year, the food filled holidays. It's not that you don't like food. It's just the opposite. You love food. But you are working hard to lose those extra pounds you have been carrying around and you don't want the holidays to undo all that hard work.

Many weight loss experts will tell you to not bother trying to lose weight during the holidays and to just try to maintain your current weight until after the holiday season. They probably think that because the average person gains three to seven pounds during the holidays that maintaining your current weight means you are doing great. I do agree to a point. Being able to not gain weight during the holidays is a pretty good feat considering all the delicious foods many of us have available to us in staggering amounts.

But I think a person can continue to lose weight during the holidays without feeling cranky the whole time or feeling completely deprived. I lost weight during the holiday season and I have a friend who was so determined to lose the extra pounds she was carrying around that she started her diet on Thanksgiving Day (yes, on the one day of the year that people traditionally pig out the most) and went on to successfully lose 40 pounds and keep it off. And nobody was even aware she was starting her diet that day.

So how did I survive Thanksgiving dinner while on my diet and how did my friends successfully start her diet on Thanksgiving Day?

It's all about choices.

First of all I'll tell you what I didn't do. I didn't have any alcoholic beverages because I wanted to chew my calories that day and not drink them, and because alcohol tends to weaken my resolve. And I'm not the only person whose resolve weakens after having a few drinks. Who do you usually see dancing on top of the pool table or bar when you go out; a sober person or a person who has had a few drinks?

This is what I did do:

Had small portions of the foods I really like so that I wouldn't feel deprived (turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and half a dinner roll).

Had large portions of raw vegetables from the veggie tray and lots of the steamed cauliflower and green beans that were served that day.

Drank lots of ice water.

I love pumpkin pie and whipped cream but I ate a small piece of it later on in the evening when everyone else was pigging out on leftover turkey, potatoes, stuffing, etc. The pie along with more of the raw veggies completely satisfied me and the scale was still my friend the next morning.

This is what my friend did:
Took reasonable portions of everything she really liked but didn't go back for seconds and thirds like she did other years.

My friend enjoys cocktails and she had a few, but to keep the calories down she had Jack Daniels and Diet Coke which meant each drink she had was less than 75 calories.

That afternoon when everyone was watching football, she went for a long walk.

She politely declined taking home leftovers.

You can survive Thanksgiving dinner while dieting. And it doesn't have to be a painful experience. Make smart choices, have small portions of what you really like, skip the things you don't really love, and fill up on the low calorie veggies and salad. And, if the Thanksgiving dinner you attend doesn't traditionally offer any low calorie foods like raw or steamed veggies, don't be shy about starting a new tradition and bringing them yourself.

"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me." Psalm 51:10


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Don't Gain Unwanted Pounds!
When the Pilgrims enjoyed that first Thanksgiving, they were worried about having enough food to survive the winter. Today we have a different challenge—how to survive the day without gaining unwanted pounds.
The whole holiday season can feel like a minefield of overindulgence, and it’s almost impossible not to eat more than we want to. I’m pretty disciplined about my diet, yet at holiday parties, like everyone else, I find myself reaching for that extra cookie or brownie. After all, it’s the time of year to eat, drink and be merry. But it’s not very difficult to enjoy the bounty without bloating up as big as the Mayflower.

Knowing that you’re going to indulge makes it easier to eat more mindfully in the weeks before the holiday. Try to cut back on fat, refined carbohydrates and calories, and exercise a little more. Some tips for Thanksgiving:

# Have a low-calorie, filling snack before the big feast—an apple, a whole-grain bagel, cereal or a small bowl of soup—so you don’t arrive ravenous and lose control.

# Put 20% fewer high-calorie foods and 20% more fruits and vegetables on your plate. Studies show you probably won’t notice.

# Eat healthier foods first. They’ll fill you up somewhat, so you’ll be less likely to overeat the other stuff.

# Serve yourself instead of allowing your sister-in-law or spouse to heap your plate full.

# Choose foods that leave evidence: Keep those shrimp tails and chicken wing bones on your plate when you’re done. Studies show that if you see how much you’ve already had, you’ll eat less.

# Go slow. If you wolf down your food, your plate may be clean while others are still eating. That invites seconds. Take a sip of water every bite or two to slow yourself down.

# Use a small plate. The tinier the dish, the less food you’ll take and the less you’ll eat.

# When you’re in a restaurant, ask the server not to put bread on the table. Leave more room for your other favorite holiday foods instead.

# Substitute cranberry sauce, loaded with antioxidants, for fatty, high-calorie gravy.

# On potatoes and yams, avoid butter, cheese, bacon and sour cream. If possible, substitute low-fat yogurt or nonfat sour cream.

# Watch the alcohol, which has almost 200 calories per ounce and slows down metabolism. And too much alcohol impairs judgment, so the more you drink, the more you’re likely to eat.

# Have just a few bites of dessert. The first bite is always best, anyway.

# Take a stroll after dinner. Walking not only burns calories, it also helps relieve bloating and prevent heartburn.

"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me." Psalm 51:10


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