Thanksgiving has traditionally been associated with
a family get-together and a meal together. Stuffed roasted or deep-fried turkey
is the center of the meal. Other accompaniments include cranberry sauce, winter
squash, mashed potatoes
noodles, corn, green beans casserole and bread rolls, ending with a variety of pies
A definitely tempting meal, which could make you
drown your yearlong efforts of maintaining a healthy lifestyle
With our sedentary lifestyles, we have to go with either reducing the calorie intake
burning the excessive calories with workouts. Here are some suggestions that
could ensure a healthy Thanksgiving:
Convince yourself that the Thanksgiving meal is
much more than just about eating - it should be more about spending time
together with your family.
Prepare your body for the meal well in advance.
Begin your workouts well before Thanksgiving
continue them throughout the season. It will help you build a good appetite
allow you to eat guilt free.
When you are planning the meal for your family,
try to opt out for healthier options. Minimize the use of butter and cheese.
Make sure there are lots of veggies on the table.
Do not be famished before your meal. This may
prevent you from simply attacking your meal. It may also be a good idea to
drink enough water during the day. A partially full stomach
to send signals to your brain to eat less.
Consume a lot of low-calorie foods
like vegetables and raw salads
meal, so that there is less space for the high calorie foods
in your stomach.
Turkey, especially the roasted variety, is the
unavoidable and most desired part of the Thanksgiving meal. Turkey is a good
source of protein; the roasted variety may be preferable to the deep-fried
version. The skin contains the fat, so it may be a good idea to avoid it.
The side dishes high in carbohydrates and sugar
like mashed potatoes or cranberry
should be eaten in minimum quantities. They will not do you much harm if you
avoid the second helping. Sweet potatoes may be used instead of regular
Apple pie or pumpkin pies may be lower calorie
deserts that you could opt for, as compared to something like chocolate pie.
Control your alcohol intake
Enjoy each bite of your food. Do not gobble it
down. Once you feel full, avoid overeating
Plan a nice walk
at the end of
your meal. While it will help in digesting the food, it will also give you some
nice time with your family outdoors.
Here's wishing you a healthy and happy Thanksgiving!