I'm thankful for my supportive and loving family, remarkable friends, a job I love, and my health. So this thanksgiving I'm taking inventory of typical foods and hints to keep us on track. It's hard to choose when you are faced with tradition and the overwhelming smells of the season. Since my family is from southern Louisiana, we have some strong thanksgiving food traditions; oyster stuffing, jello salad and pecan pie. From a nutrition stand point I'm pretty sure thanksgiving is out to get us. The featured turkey even leaves us wanting a nap. So what can we do about this?

1. Use a salad plate to keep portions small but let our minds be satisfied.
2. Start with the items that will fill you up such as white breast turkey, sweet potatoes
(sub cinnamon instead of sugar or butter), and vegetables.

3. Add the high calorie items in small portions.
4. Take your time eating and talk. This is really what we are thankful for anyway.
5. Split a desert with someone. We really just want the taste.
6. If you're going back for seconds hit up the sweet potatoes, the turkey and cranberry.
7. Take a family walk after dinner to get some energy back. Your body and brain will
thank you.

8. Keep the alcohol intake down to a glass.
9. Put away all the food after dinner and let guest take it home with them. If those pies
on the counter are calling to you every time you walk by, eventually they will get you.

Many gyms and fitness groups do a holiday workout. It's a great way to burn off some of those calories while also relieving some holiday stress.

Below are some typical thanksgiving items, what's your calorie count?
Stuffing (180cal)

Turkey (340cal)
Mashed potatoes (190cal)
Ham (300cal)
Cranberry (150cal)
Pumpkin pie (180cal)

Rolls (110cal)
Sweet potatoes (150cal)
Green bean casserole (225cal)
Wine (120cal)

Check out this link to see how many miles you will have to walk to burn off your thanksgiving: http://walking.about.com/library/cal/blthanksgivingcalories.htm

Here are a few healthier recipes for some favorite items:
Green bean casserole: http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=59045 Pumpkin pie: http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=1372386
Dinner rolls: http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=933639

Rebecca Bordelon, CPT

11/13/2012 01:46:49 am

It is a simple math problem. You can eat a 3000 calorie meal, you just need to go run 18 miles before hand.


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