Survival Kit for the Holidays

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As the holiday season comes near, we need to remember the real reason for the season.  Yes, turkey day coming up will be packed with food but it is a time to be thankful for what we have and appreciate those we gather together – friends and family!  Don’t let your food overtake your celebration.  Here are some simple tips to remember to keep you waistline in line. 

 

1.  Before dinner or after dinner  – find an activity for the entire family, whether it is a board game or my favorite Just Dance – fitness and fun!

       – This helps keep you focused on the family instead of munching on food all day long!

 

2.  Keep water with you at all times!  Keep hydrated – majority of the times when we think we are hungry we are really thirsty.  Try some lemon or lime to flavor your water or my fav, True Orange packets.

 

3.  Don’t forget about breakfast!   You may think you need to save up all your calories for the big dinner but don’t go too crazy.  Get in some protein such as an egg or some Greek yogurt for breakfast.  You can still keep it small but this will help satisfy your belly.  You know when you are just ravenously hungry you may even go crazier – that sounds like trouble during the holiday season! 

 

4.  Compromise!  If your favorite item on the table is stuffing then skip the mashed potatoes – just another carbohydrate.  Or if you are like me I may go light on the starches (mashed potatoes, stuffing, bread, or sweet potatoes) and save up for some pumpkin pie!

 

5.  Super foods for a super holiday!  You may be surprised but there are actually some great super foods at your Thanksgiving dinner such as sweet potatoes, cranberries and even pumpkin!  We know these foods can also be calorie-laden, so watch out!  Go for sweet potatoes with out all the sugar (or at least minimize it).  Go for real cranberries, not the jellied kind.  Go for pumpkin pie over cherry or apple.  A serving of pumpkin provides you with more than 100% of your daily vitamin A and at least 3 grams of fiber!

 

Enjoy your turkey day!

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