Friday, November 16, 2007

Staying Trim at Thanksgiving

CalorieControl.org has lots of healthy eating and lifestyle tips. With Thanksgiving coming up, here are a few to remember for the holiday.

  • Make simple substitutions. Try preparing foods that are nutritious and satisfying yet low in calories. Reducing the amount of fat and calories in holiday meals can help prevent weight gain during the holidays. Create healthier versions of holiday favorites by using skim milk instead of whole milk, applesauce in place of oil, or a sugar substitute in place of the sugar in a recipe. To thicken a liquid without adding fat, use one of the following: flour, cornstarch, potato flakes, yogurt, non-fat evaporated milk.
  • Start a new holiday tradition. Get everyone together for a holiday walk, a game of touch football, a volunteer activity, or even caroling. Check out the Get Moving Calculator on www.caloriecontrol.org to determine how many calories are burned through exercise. It’s easy to overindulge during the holidays so be sure to make time to work up a sweat and burn some calories.
  • Do not deprive yourself. The holidays are a time for laughter, fun and food. Having a small slice of pumpkin pie will not lead to weight gain. Moderation is key. Take small servings of food, and allow yourself to enjoy the taste of each bite. Deprivation will only lead to overindulgence later.
And listen to this advice from dietitian Robin Steagall (I know her and she's really smart!): “The holiday season doesn’t have to lead to weight gain. With a few simple steps you can maintain your weight and still enjoy the season. It’s important to remember that the holidays are not about food and drinks but about spending time with friends and family.”

More Turkey Day stuff next week!

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