Kick Off the Holiday Season With a Healthier Thanksgiving11/17/12
SATURDAY, Nov. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Lightening up recipes and
focusing on family rather than food are just two of the ways people
can enjoy a healthier Thanksgiving.
This advice comes from EmblemHealth, a not-for-profit insurer,
which offered several tips on how to enjoy the holiday without
- Stay active.Taking a walk or playing football can burn
calories and become a new family tradition.
- Don't skip breakfast.A good breakfast can help curb appetite
later in the day. People who are not too hungry are less likely to
overeat at mealtime.
- Modify recipes.Making small changes to traditional recipes
to cut calories and fat can go a long way. Use less butter and oil
when possible. Opt for fat-free chicken broth and fat-free yogurt
instead of cream in dips, mashed potatoes and casseroles.
- Control portions.Avoid going back for seconds and limit
- Choose wisely.Only eat the foods that are unique to
Thanksgiving and save ordinary foods for another day. Save some
room for side dishes and dessert.
- Don't rush.Eating slowly helps people enjoy their food and
realize when they are full.
- Limit alcohol.Calories from alcohol add up quickly. Alcohol
also triggers cravings for high-calorie comfort foods. It's also a
good idea to drink some water between alcoholic drinks.
- Change the focus.Rather than concentrating only on food,
remember that Thanksgiving is a holiday about family and friends as
well. Find ways to enjoy quality time together, such as playing
games or socializing.
- Don't overindulge.Thanksgiving is a special occasion, but
try not to continue indulging throughout the entire holiday
- Be prepared.As holiday shopping kicks into high gear,
remember to stock up on healthy snacks, such as trail mix and
fruit, and drink plenty of water to avoid resorting to high-calorie
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides
more tips for a
safe and healthy Thanksgiving.
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