Tips to Stay Trim this Thanksgiving

 The holiday season is almost in full swing as the arrival of Thanksgiving is this week.  For many, Thanksgiving begins the time of the three F’s: Family, Feasting and the beginning of not Fitting into our clothes.  Thanksgiving is a time to get together and be thankful for all the blessings that we have received in the past year.  It is tradition to celebrate this holiday with lots of good food including turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, pumpkin everything and lots of desserts. 

 For many individuals, Thanksgiving begins one of the biggest challenges of the year, which is controlling our portion sizes while maintaining our pant size.  Many give up their nutrition and fitness goals beginning in November due to time constraints and temptations; that’s not to say eating healthy and maintaining our weight can’t be accomplished during the holiday season.  Check out these tips below to help you stay trim:

 Baking and Cooking Tips

 -          Instead of butter, substitute equal parts of no-sugar-added applesauce

 -          Instead of whole or heavy cream, substitute low-fat or skim milk

 -          Use olive oil instead of butter when cooking dishes (even in your mashed potatoes)

 -          Use herbs and spices, like rosemary and cloves, to flavor dishes instead of salt and butter

 -          Instead of adding chocolate chips or candies, use dried fruit, like cranberries or cherries

 Lifestyle Tips

 -          Increase your physical activity over Thanksgiving and the holiday season to help defeat those extra calories

 -          Plan a walk or a friendly game of family football after or before each mealtime gathering

 -          Make sure to schedule some gym time for yourself daily during the holidays

 -          Try to keep stress to a minimum by planning ahead to help with time management

 -          Take time to relax with friends and family to decrease stress

 -          Get enough sleep during the holiday season (6-8 hours at least nightly)

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