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Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving

Here are some tips to relieve some of the guilt associated with your Thanksgiving meal. No need to sacrifice taste or happiness this holiday season.

1.    Walk it Out

Get moving and burn some calories! Go on a walk around your neighborhood while the turkey is cooking on Thanksgiving Day. It’s a great way to get your body moving and have something to do with your extended family that drove a distance to spend Thanksgiving with you.

If you are feeling more ambitious, sign up for a race for the morning of Thanksgiving! Use this site to find races in your area.

2.    Drink water

Choose water instead of sugary drinks and alcohol at  dinner. This could help save 200+ calories and will keep your blood sugar at bay. Drinking lots of water throughout the day might also keep you full and might keep you from binging at dinner time.

3. Don’t have the “last meal” mentality.

The leftovers will grace your refrigerator for at least a couple of days following the Thanksgiving feast. That’s at least four or five extra meals of turkey, cranberry sauce, potatoes, and pie. That means you don’t have to delve into seconds and thirds on the actual night of Thanksgiving night. All the food will still be there tomorrow.

4. Don’t sample

The calories from sampling the food you are cooking DO count, as much as we sometimes would like to think they don’t. Make sure you have breakfast before you start cooking so you are not starving and eating bits of all the food you are making.

5. Portion Control

Make sure your plate isn’t all stuffing and meat! Try and see if you can make at least 1/3 of your plate vegetables, and if you go back for seconds, load up on the veggies first.

Extra tricks that don’t sacrifice the taste:

Instead of marshmallow and maple syrup sweet potatoes, try adding fat free sour cream, skim milk and nutmeg.

Try making stuffing with whole-wheat bread instead of white bread.

Cook your veggies in a little bit of olive oil instead of butter.

Add less or substitute sugar with Splenda for cranberry sauce and desserts.

By Isabel Sherman

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