Ok, people…it’s that time of year. The social season has kicked off with black tie galas, the cooler weather has abruptly shocked us into late fall here in the Northeast, and Thanksgiving has crept upon us! The Great Turkey Day awaits! Most of us are scrambling with last minute travel and cooking plans for the Great American Feed Fest. Even most gyms have cancelled regularly scheduled classes and have modified hours of operation this coming weekend.
Listen up! You’ve been working very hard to lower your blood pressure and cholesterol; keep those extra pounds off…how many hours at the gym and how many carrots have you eaten the past 6 months to look good in that very favorite pair of jeans or slinky dress? Don’t mess up your good work!
Here are a few simple and healthy tips to get you through the BIG T DAY without compromising both your waist and your health:
- Wherever you are going for your Thanksgiving dinner, don’t go hungry. Have a salad, a healthy snack (yogurt with fruit, a boiled egg on a piece of toast or almond butter and honey on toast) prior to venturing out to the venue. These snacks will keep you full and you won’t arrive to your destination famished – ready to devour everything in sight.
- Choose your battles and win the war! Instead of going straight for the cocktail, have a seltzer with lemon or lime to start the party. Alcohol naturally increases the appetite…seltzer water with lemon or lime will taste refreshing and keep you in the ‘light’ mood longer. You can have most appetizers any time of the year, so instead of the fatty cheese/saucisson platter, go for the fresh shrimp instead. Most sides at Thanksgiving come once a year, so enjoy! Select what is unusual. Have a taste of everything if you desire, but keep the portions SMALL. Most hosts/hostesses have plenty of leftovers; you don’t have to eat the equivalent of 6 dinners at one seating. Ask politely and discreetly if you may have a plate to go for the next day. Your host/hostess will be so flattered (and so happy not to have leftovers themselves), they will be more than delighted to fix you a plate for the next day.
- Try to do a little exercise the morning of your Feed Fest. Take a brisk walk, go to the gym, or just play with the kids or dog in the back yard. Any activity is good.
- Oh, dessert…..choose your battles. Determine what is ‘really worth the calories’ and the hours it’s going to take to burn off those calories in the coming week. Remember, ALL the holiday parties begin next week, so make a plan….and stick to it!
Most importantly – just have fun! Don’t drink and drive! At some point, share with your fellow guests what it is you are grateful for this year. Take a few moments to reflect on your blessings.
I’ll leave you with my thoughts on Thanksgiving: I’m very grateful I’m allergic to turkey and have no palate for most of the dishes served at Thanksgiving. It makes the day much easier to manage. I’m grateful for the family members who love me, for the friends I cherish and for all of you; because without you, I wouldn’t be who I am.
God’s peace and have a blessed Thanksgiving!