Tips for surviving Thanksgiving in one jean size

 Tips for surviving Thanksgiving in one jean size

The holidays are upon us, and it seems that no matter how hard we try to not gain one single pound throughout the holiday season, a couple inevitably sneak up on us--usually in the places we least need it! With Thanksgiving only nine days away, it is not too late to do a little pre-holiday prep work!

Tips for surviving Thanksgiving in one jean size

Try to squeeze in one additional day of working out between now and Thanksgiving, and add an additional fifteens minutes on to each of your workouts between now and next week. Add some caloric cuts to your regime as well. Cut 200 calories from your diet each day--this is enough to make a difference without noticing much difference. This little extra effort will leave you feeling less stressed out when Gramma's pumpkin pie arrives on the scene.

Keep the following caloric values in mind when serving up your Thanksgiving faves:

  1. 3.5 oz portion of roasted turkey breast without the skin: 115 calories
  2. 3.5 oz portion of roasted dark meat without the skin: 187 calories
  3. 3.5 oz portion of roasted dark meat with the skin: 221 calories
  4. One-half cup serving of mashed potatoes: 111 calories
  5. One-half cup serving of bread stuffing: 198 calories
  6. One-half cup serving of cornbread stuffing: 175 calories
  7. One-half cup serving of broccoli cheese casserole: 230 calories
  8. One-half cup serving of green bean casserole: 60 calories
  9. One-fourth cup serving of cranberry sauce: 105 calories
  10. One slice (one-eighth of pie) of apple pie: 347 calories
  11. One slice (one-eighth of pie) of blueberry pie: 387 calories
  12. One slice (one-eighth of pie) of cherry pie: 418 calories
  13. One slice (one-eighth of pie) of pumpkin pie: 270 calories

The Ideal Meal

Choose a lean slice of turkey. Limit yourself to only two small servings of casseroles or "warm dishes." Help yourself to steamed veggies. Go for the pumpkin pie for dessert, and skip the whipped cream. Total estimated calories? 694 calories ... more than a typical meal but not terrible.

5 Fit Tips for keeping the Thanksgiving feast under 1000 calories:

  • Don't starve yourself all day. Eat regular meals ... breakfast and lunch.
  • Exercise in the morning (check out your local Turkey Trot). This will serve double duty by suppressing your appetite and boosting your metabolism.
  • Keep an attitude of gratitude and avoid emotional conflicts with family. Easier said than done -- I know!
  • Don't clean your plate. Leave at least one bite of every item on your plate.
  • Eat slow so you are still enjoying your meal while others go back for seconds.
  • Enjoy your day. Remember, the idea is to enjoy family and to reflect on what you are grateful for ... the food is just a yummy perk!

"Gratitude is not a spiritual or moral dessert which we may take or push away according to the whims of the moment, and in either case without material consequences. Gratitude is the very bread and meat of spiritual and moral health, individually and collectively. What was the seed of disintegration that corrupted the heart of the ancient world beyond the point of divine remedy...? What was it but ingratitude?" -- Noel Smith

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