Leave All the Stuffing for the Turkey
It may only come around once a year but Thanksgiving is the beginning of holiday overindulgences. Eat, drink and be merry they say. In fact, tis the season for gaining weight right? Wrong. You can satisfy your desire for all the traditional dishes and still stay on track. The trick is to have a plan before going into the big day. And here are some to get you started. These tips for a thinner Thanksgiving are provided by webmd.com and can be found in their entirety here.
Get Active. Create a calorie deficit by exercising to burn off extra calories before you ever indulge in your favorite foods.
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.
Lighten Up. Whether you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner or bringing a few dishes to share, make your recipes healthier with less fat, sugar, and calories.
Police Your Portions. 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.
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
Go Easy on the Alcohol. Have a glass of wine or a wine spritzer and between alcoholic drinks, (or) enjoy sparkling water.
Focus on Family & Friends. The main event should be family and friends socializing, spending quality time together, not just what is on the buffet.
Of course it never hurts to start the day off with a little exercise. Turkey Trots have become popular run/walks around the country and usually take place the morning of Thanksgiving. Colorado Springs will be hosting one this gobble day to support the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region Partner’s Campaign. The 5K starts at 9am and a 1K Kids Fun Run starts at 8:15am. For more details visit the website here.
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Turkey Trots?! That’s a new one for me but I will definitely keep looking for opportunities to get exercise in during this weekend. (Of course my daughter’s family does live 3 flights up and 3 flights down so there is kind of a built in exercise when we visit!) May the Jimeson’s have a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!
Thank you for the well wishes. You’re right though, anything is better than nothing. Stairs are a great workout! When that’s all you have take full advantage of what is available.
I hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving day as well!