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Turkey time tips

Posted by Corinne Chou, MSN, NP-C on Wed, Nov 22, 2017 @ 11:47 PM

Happy Thanksgiving! The most notorious “pigging” out day is finally here. But don’t let that derail your weight loss progress.  Check off some of these turkey time tips this year.

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Hosting. Are you the cook? Try revamping some of your key dishes with less sugar and fat. Use sugar substitutes in desserts, fat free broth in gravy, or try fat free yogurt/sour creams in creamy dishes such as mashed potatoes or dips.

Dress for the part. A less form fitting outfit is by far more comfy.  However, a form fitting outfit will help minimize overeating by causing you to feel uncomfortable more quickly as you eat.

Eat first. Don’t sit at the table hungry. One hour before mealtime, have a snack that is nutritious and filling. Another option, snack on the veggie appetizer platter while you are in nibble mode.

Pick an indulgence. Time to choose, sweets or alcohol? drinks and desserts.jpgBoth are heavy hitters in the calorie department and in the over indulgence department. Choose one and in a portion controlled serving.

Wrap it up. Complete your meal with a “finisher.” Something that guarantees no more picking. Try a breath mint, reapplying lipstick, even some water on your plate to prevent third and fourth servings.

Best helper. Be the first to help with the clean up. Clearing and washing dishes or the walk back and forth to the kitchen are extra calories used that sitting won’t burn.

Pump it up. Physical activity shouldn’t be far from your mind. Before or after the big meal are great bonding times with the family. Take a stroll around the block. How about a little touch football?

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General tips:

Half your plate should be vegetables, one quarter protein, one quarter fat/carbs.

Drink lots of water.

Savor each bite and don’t forget to put your fork down between bites.

Try for weight maintenance during this stressful holiday.

 

Wishing you and your families a Happy Thanksgiving!