Right now, many people are in a panic. Some of you have your Thanksgiving plans lined up while others are still trying to figure out who exactly is coming over and what types of food to make. Well, we here at Odom Health & Wellness are pleased to help you relax and create healthy meals for the Thanksgiving holiday.
First, stressing out causes weight gain. We know it is easier said than done to “not stress”, but keeping family issues and time management concerns in perspective will help you stay fit this holiday season.
You also want to remember to eat breakfast on the day before Thanksgiving and on the holiday itself. Starting your day with a small and satisfying breakfast — such as an egg with a slice of whole-wheat toast, or a bowl of whole-grain cereal with low-fat milk – will ensure that you will not be starving when you either arrive at a family gathering, and – if you are the one preparing the food- this tactic will ensure you don’t graze on the food until everyone is ready to eat.
If you are indeed cooking the meal, make sure you use healthy substitutes for some of the traditional entrees and side dishes. For example, use fat-free chicken broth to baste the turkey and make gravy. Try to use sugar substitutes in place of sugar and/or fruit purees instead of oil in baked goods. Make it a point to reduce oil and butter wherever you can and try plain yogurt (or fat-free sour cream) when preparing creamy dips, mashed potatoes, and casseroles. These little swaps add up in a big way when it comes to your health and weight loss goals!
Finally, remember that moderation is key and to also enjoy your meal. Don’t forbid yourself from taking a slice of pumpkin pie – but make sure you take a conservative slice and maybe leave off the whipped cream!
As we approach Thanksgiving Day, more blog and social media posts will offer up some delicious and healthy holiday meal tips!