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Have a Healthy Thanksgiving

Posted Nov 24 2008 6:22am

I have read that the typical Thanksgiving meal for most people will contain upwards of 2000 calories, a whole day’s worth of calories!  So, since we know we will consume mass quantities of food, and we know the calorie intake can be astronomical, here are some tips to have the healthiest Thanksgiving you can without giving up anything:

  • Start your day with exercise!  Get up and get moving, and maybe even try to punch up the normal exercise routine to try to counteract the calories.


  • Drink plenty of water and especially tea.  Sometimes we eat because we’re thirsty!  Keep yourself well-hydrated all day long.


  • Eat a healthy, filling breakfast.  This is no day to skip the first meal of the day.  Eat something that will stick to your ribs.  I love oatmeal with blueberries and walnuts!


  • When it’s time to eat the big meal, fill your plate with lots of vegetables.  Yes, have the ham and turkey and dressing and gravy and sweet potato souffle (that’s what we’re having!) but just have a lot of collards and broccoli and a small serving of butterbeans, too (also on our feast menu).  If you eat a lot of vegetables, you’ll feel more satisfied while consuming a few less calories than if you just fill your plate with the high sugar and high fat stuff.


  • Have some dessert.  Don’t deprive yourself.  Don’t be a martyr.  Go ahead and have a little of all the things you love.  If you play the role of the sainted sufferer, you will end up eating half a pie at the end of the day when you think no one’s watching!


  • Take a walk instead of vegging out in front of the TV afterwards.  Two walks (I’m assuming you had your early morning one) will definitely help to counteract the extra calories.


  • Be thankful.  It’s a day to officially celebrate all that we’re thankful for: family, friends, jobs, even those hard things that many are facing this year.  Out of adversity comes strength.  So, observe an attitude of gratitude all day long.

Have a healthy and happy and delicious Thanksgiving!

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