Enjoy your Thanksgiving feast without the post-holiday guilt
Contributed by: NAPSA
Thanksgiving is a time for friends and family to give thanks to one another and enjoy a great feast. If you are carefully watching your weight, you don't have to feel left out during these festive times of the year. Just follow these helpful tips and recipes to keep you on track and enjoy the fruits of your labour.
(NC) - Ah, the Thanksgiving feast. Family, friends, food, and more food. According to wellnessjuncton.com, Thanksgiving dinner alone carries a load of 3,000
calories. And most of us will nibble our way through another 1,500 calories on dips, chips and drinks before and after the big meal. Combined, that's the
equivalent of more than two and a quarter times the average daily calorie intake and almost three and half times the fat.
So how do you enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner without feeling like a big turkey yourself the next day? First thing's first - realize that it's all right to indulge
occasionally - we all do. "Food is supposed to be comforting, nourishing, loving and fun," says Lois Ferguson, Registered Dietitian and author of the best
selling book, Eating for Energy and Ecstasy. "Holidays, such as Thanksgiving are centered around the meal, and to deprive yourself of that, is to deprive
yourself of the holiday itself."
If you overdo it during the holiday, just make sure to get right back on your weight loss or maintenance plan the next day. "A viable option that makes it easy
for Canadians to enjoy the festive foods and maintain their weight loss goals is the SlimFast plan," adds Ferguson. "The plan offers a flexible, simple approach
that combines great taste, nutritionally balanced and portion-controlled meal replacements with healthy foods. The recommended SlimFast plan includes two
meal replacements per day and a sensible/well balanced third meal that consists of protein, grain products and vegetables - the essential elements of a
Thanksgiving dinner - along with healthy snacks during the day. SlimFast also recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity daily - so enjoy a
refreshing walk with the family the day after Thanksgiving!"
Other easy tips such as limiting alcohol and avoiding high-fat hors d'oeuvres will help you remain on track. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay
hydrated and keep you feeling full. Also, if the mashed potatoes and stuffing are too tempting, limit your serving size to one tablespoon of each to experience
the flavour with only a portion of the fat.
If you're hosting Thanksgiving dinner remember you have control of the type of menu that will be served. To manage your calorie in-take for this meal, try to
shop with a planned list to avoid impulse purchases of items such as baked pies and cookies. Use nonstick pans instead of cooking with fats and oils and try
cooking techniques, such as broiling, baking, steaming, or stir-frying.
For a wonderful Thanksgiving feast without the guilt, try out one of these low-cal, sensible but delicious recipes:
Turkey Cutlets with Cranberry Sauce
Mashed Butternut Squash with Brown Sugar.