Week 2: Holiday Survival Eating Challenge: Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving
Posted Nov 17 2008 7:02pm
If you started the Holiday Challenge on November 10 th, record your weight for Week 2. Did you use the www.thedailyplate.com or another method to write what you ate and reduce the amount 100-200 calories each day? Sometimes this is challenging to do! Some steps that have worked for me to prevent hunger include lots of salads and soups to fill me up in addition to eating a lot of other veggies each which are only about 25 calories each. I have also been drinking lots of hot tea which is also tip that works for me to eat less. Making sure that you drink an adequate amount water is also helpful. If you are new to the challenge, get started by recording your weight and reading this week’s blog entry. It is never too late to get started for the Holiday Eating Challenge!
This week, we are focusing on Healthy Thanksgiving Tips. Plan ahead and make this year the healthiest Thanksgiving that you ever had, whether you prepare the meal, come as a guest or go to a restaurant. Did you know that a typical Thanksgiving Dinner adds up to about 2000 calories or more and that is without second helpings.
Here are a few tips to help you stay within a reasonable range this Thanksgiving:
Make half the plate veggies. Fill up on salads, low calorie soups and vegetable trays. This may prevent you from going back for several plate-fulls of the Thanksgiving spread.
Challenge yourself to prepare a colorful plate with green veggies or salad, orange sweet potato, carrots or squash and purple cranberries.
Familiarize yourself with portion sizes of food. A meat serving is 3 ounces which is the size of a deck of cards and mashed potatoes, dressing/stuffing, corn, peas, sweet potatoes are 1/2c cup each. Fruits and vegetables are about ½ cup each. A serving of butter/tub margarine is 1 teaspoon and a serving of salad dressing or gravy is one tablespoon.
Lighten up your traditional recipes by trying some of these healthy substitutions: