It's that time of year again- holiday season. Thanksgiving, holiday parties, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year's. Fun? Yes. Waistline friendly? Not so much. But have no fear- help from Dr. Korman is here.
Although Thanksgiving tends to be centered around dishes such as mashed potatoes with gravy, stuffing, pumpkin and pecan pies, we have created a list of helpful tips to help you stay on track.
1. Start the day with exercise: Whether you are staying in Los Angeles or headed to the East coast where the temperatures have dropped, you can still dress accordingly and take a brisk walk. It will help your endorphins kick in so you'll get a natural high. That can carry on later in the day so you won't feel as compelled to overstuff on the stuffing. For those who prefer to take their workouts indoors: gyms are open on Thanksgiving - just check their schedules for the holiday hour time.
2. Eat Breakfast: This may seem counter-intuitive since you'll be placed in front of a large meal later. However, by having a satiating meal earlier in the day is the key to preventing a holiday meal binge later in the day. A high protein breakfast such as eggs with veggies or a serving of Greek yogurt will keep you full and prevent you from overloading during the Thanksgiving meal.
3. Cheat: Whether you are hosting Thanksgiving or bringing a dish, chances are there is a way to cook by swapping high calorie ingredients with healthier substitutes. For example, you can use fat-free chicken broth to baste the turkey and in the gravy, or applesauce in place of oil in baked goods.
4. Sip Smart: Alcoholic drinks can be high in calories, and of course lower your inhibitions. This makes you more likely to make poorer food choices. Instead of a "holiday" drink such as the calorie-laden chocolate martinis your cousin insists on whipping up, opt for something lighter such as a wine spritzer (more liquid, less calories). Make sure to have a glass of water in between beverages in order to stay hydrated.
5. Keep It Simple: The dishes are laid out on the table. An empty plate is in front of you. It's "game" time. Take portions of dishes made with lean protein and veggies: white turkey meat and a non-starch vegetable such as brussel sprouts. "But what about all the good stuff?" you're wondering. Pick 1-2 of what looks the most mouthwatering such as the stuffing and pumpkin pie Take small portion sizes and eat them after you've eaten the turkey and veggies.
6. Give Thanks:When you sit down, whether in unison with the table or to yourself, take a moment to acknowledge this moment with your loved ones. While Thanksgiving does center around a large meal, food doesn't have to be the focus. Instead of savoring the stuffing, savor the time you're spending with loved ones whom you may not have the chance to see often. A heartfelt, meaningful conversation will have a stronger, more positive impact on your relationship than a second slice of pecan pie will for your happiness.
If you slip up, forgive yourself. If you do over-indulge, don't berate yourself. Remember, one day will not make or break you. Tomorrow is a new day (Black Friday shopping anyone?).
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