Thanksgiving is coming – Yay! But there is another part of me that says “oh no, all my healthy eating habits are going to go right down the drain.” Every family has traditional foods that have been made for years on Thanksgiving, and actually it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without these foods; mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, biscuits, stuffing. These are the comfort foods we associate with this holiday. These are also the foods that I know I cannot resist and will pack on the pounds. Groan!! And after all, Thanksgiving is synonymous with overeating too. Double Groan!!
Why are comfort foods called “comfort foods”? What are “comfort foods”? Well, they’re called “comfort foods” because they bring back warm memories, taste delicious, and yes, even can be said to soothe your soul. Who can argue that mashed potatoes taste delicious after all.
So, here are some tips for making Thanksgiving healthier this year, and some tips for avoiding gaining an extra three pounds over one week-end. Admittedly, some of these ideas might ruffle a few feathers at first. Thanksgiving is one holiday where it seems that no one likes change, and people try to make everything stay the same, but if you take a gentle approach, it can all work out.
1. Try to Focus More On The People and Less on the Food. Instead of sampling every single one of the appetizers, try concentrating on having a one-on-one conversation with everyone there. Get an update on what is happening with them. Your interest will make them feel great.
2. Plan a Walk for After Thanksgiving Dinner. When you arrive, announce to everyone that you think it would be great fun to take a walk after dinner and so that is your plan. Most likely, some of your family and friends will want to join you. The logic here is now you have committed out loud to everyone that you are going to do this, and so it makes it tough to change your mind and back down later. A brisk walk might help burn some of the extra calories you have consumed, and at the very least, it will discourage you from a second helping of dessert or continually nibbling even though you are full.
3. Plan A Work-Out For The Day After Thanksgiving. Even if it’s just a long walk. Knowing you have a work-out planned for the next day might make you feel better about eating foods you ordinarily might steer clear of. And it gets you back on track taking care of yourself immediately, no excuses for writing off the entire week-end as one big fat-party.
4. You can always Volunteer To Help Clean Up. This does get you moving after the meal, your help will most assuredly be appreciated, and it will get you away from the table full of food and sweets.
5. Stop Eating When You Are Full. OK – I know this is pretty obvious… Eat slowly and put your fork down after each bite. Actually, an even better tip is to take a golf-ball size portion (and no more) of each thing that you want. That way, you get to taste everything and will not feel like you are denying yourself anything. And the added benefit is not hurting Aunt Mildred’s feelings by not tasting her casserole. Go ahead and taste it.
6. Pumpkin Pie is OK! Yes, here is a dessert you can eat and enjoy. One cup of pumpkin contains a mere 46 calories and 3 grams of fiber, according to the USDA. Plus, pumpkin is an excellent source of the antioxidant beta-carotene, which fights the oxidative stress and inflammation in the body that's linked to increased fat storage. The crust is the thing to watch. Maybe don’t eat all the crust. But go ahead and indulge in a piece of pumpkin pie
7. And finally, Bring Some Healthier Side Dishes. Make some healthier renditions of the traditional foods. Do not suggest they replace the traditional dishes, just bring yours as an additional option. You can say you ran into the recipe and you thought it might be fun to try. Try the ones we have included here. And most of all, enjoy your holiday.
Stroke, Heart Disease & Juice PlusAccording to a study published in May of 2003 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, a high intake of fruits and vegetables has been associated with reduced risk for stroke and coronary heart disease. They can provide a substantial ration of dietary potassium and soluble fiber and are typically rich in a rage of antioxidant phytonutrients.
This study found that the daily use for four weeks of Juice Plus+ 25 fruits, vegetables, berries and grains rich in antioxidant phytonutrients, blunted the detrimental impact of a single high-fat meal on the endothelial function of healthy subjects. The conclusion was that a high-fat meal causes a temporary decrease in flow-mediated brachial artery vasodilatation, likely owing to an induced increase in endothelial oxidative stress. Four weeks of Juice Plus+ blunts the detrimental effect of a high fat meal, thus lowering the risk of a stroke.
Juice Plus+ is NOT a Vitamin or Supplment, it is WHOLE FOOD nutrition. That is why the body knows how to process and is bio available to be used in our body’s as if we were eating all those 25 fruits, vegetable and berries.
Below is a breakdown of Vitamin and Nitrate Content of Juice Plus and Vineyard blend:
- Bets-carotene 7,188
- Vitamin C(mg) 51/li>
- Vitamin E(mg) 30.4/li>
- Thiamine HCL (mg) 0.17/li>
- Niacin(mg) 1.3/li>
- Pyridoxine(mg) 0.35/li>
- Nitrate (mg) 0.76/li>
Author: Robin Badillo