Posts Tagged ‘Thanksgiving’

Diet Doomsday is coming

November 24, 2010

Tomorrow is Doomsday if you’ve been trying to watch your weight.

Not to get all apocolyptic on you, but chew on this:  The average person consumes around 3,250 calories at the Thanksgiving table.  The FDA recommended intake is 2,000.  You need to be eating less if you’re trying to lose weight.  And let us also not forget that Thanksgiving marks the start of the month long eating binge known as the holiday season.

But Thanksgiving (and Christmas and all those holiday parties and New Years) doesn’t have to be a diet wrecker.  Wouldn’t you like to enjoy the Thanksgiving meal without the extra helping of guilt that usually accompanies it? 

Here’s how:  moderation.

Sure it’s not the easiest thing to do (Lord knows, I struggle at every big meal), but it works. 

Have a little bit of everything and instead of having second helpings of everything, help yourself to only those things you really, truly enjoy eating.  I personally like to go back and have those things I only eat at Thanksgiving, like the stuffing.  Sure you can swear off the carbs and pull the skin off the turkey, but odds are you’re going to be miserable and stuff yourself silly when dessert rolls around.  If you enjoy what you’re eating when you’re eating it, you’re going to be more satisfied and therefore less hungry. 

And remember moderation applies to exercise as well, so after the dishes have been cleared, take a short walk.  You’ll feel better about yourself and won’t second guess having pie for dessert.

Above all, just remember to relax, enjoy the time spent with family and give thanks for your good health.  On Friday, you can get back to the regular grind.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Turkey trotting

September 21, 2010

Fall officially starts tomorrow.  Time to start planning your Halloween costume and deciding which house you’ll be spending Thanksgiving at. 

Ah, Thanksgiving, a time when we give thanks for what we have my stuffing ourselves silly with turkey and all the trimmings.  If you’re one of those people who usually feels guilty after eating the traditional meal, why not pre-empt the guilt by participating in Sparta, New Jersey’s Turkey Trot

If you can get away from the kitchen, head out to Lake Mohawk for a 1 mile fun run early Turkey Day morning.  If you’re feeling a little more ambitious, there’s also a 5k run/walk.  Registration fees are $10 and $23 respectively until 10/31.  You’ll get water, fruit and bagels at the end, but don’t forget to save room for the turkey!

Words to Live By

November 27, 2009

A very appropo quote for today, me thinks.  Happy Thanksgiving weekend!

“The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers.  The original meal has never been found.” – Calvin Trillin

Giving Thanks

November 26, 2009

Today is the day we take a break from our busy lives to reflect on what we have.  You may be spending the day with family or stuck at work (I’ll leave it up to you to decide which one’s worse).  Either way, do take time to give thanks for all the good in your lives — it’s good for your mind and your heart!  Happy Turkey Day!

The Perils of Thanksgiving

November 25, 2009

Ok, not only is Thanksgiving dangerous because of all those pounds you can put on, but there’s also the danger of setting your house on fire while trying to deep-fry the bird (NOTE: thaw it first!!) and then there’s this:

I think that was bacon’s way of getting back at her.

How not to pack on the turkey day pounds –Part 2

November 24, 2009

So last week, I served up a post on how to make healthy and smart choices at your Thanksgiving meal.  Here’s another tip if you’re looking to save some calories: Pass on the crust at dessert. 

If you’re like my family, Thanksgiving equals pie.  Pumpkin, Apple, Chocolate Nut, Pecan…you name it and we bake it (and then eat it).  But here’s some food for thought…the pie’s crust can pack up to 220 calories and 15 grams of fat!  Hello holiday pounds! 

Now you could just eat the filling and not touch the crust, but that will inevitably lead to another slice, because you only ate the not-so-bad part and can afford another piece, right? (you know who you are)  Here’s my advice, enjoy a slice of whatever pie is your favorite.  If you can’t decide, have half a piece and half a piece.

Inevitably, someone is going to eat too much.  Do me a favor, don’t stress it and don’t vow not eat the rest of the weeked because of it.  On the flip side, don’t pig out the whole weekend because you fell off the diet truck Thursday.  Just remember Friday morning is a new day to be true and good to yourself and your health.  Now that’s something to be thankful for!

Thanksgiving Workout Songs (seriously!)

November 23, 2009

Thanksgiving is days away and in honor of the yearly feast, I wracked my brain this weekend to come up with turkey day-related workout songs for this week’s Monday Music Madness post.  Here’s what I came up with:

Hungry Like the Wolf — Duran Duran

Dreams — The Cranberries

Cherub Rock — Smashing Pumpkins

Eat It — Weird Al (silly song, but lots of fun!)

And I’m not recommending you download this song, but you should definitely check out this turkey rapping video.  It’s hilarious!

Thanksgiving Feasting

November 19, 2009

A week from today is that national gorge-fest known as Thanksgiving. 

If you’re watching what you eat, the day can be a nightmare.  You want to stick to your diet, but you also want to eat those (fatty) foods that usually only come along once a year.  But if you make the right choices, you can have your cake (or pie) and eat it too.  How, you ask? Check out this segment from this morning’s CBS Early Show.