Sherry A. Phillips

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How To Stay Slim During The Holidays!

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How many people walk away from Thanksgiving day feeling stuffed to the gills with food and miserable?

And let’s face it, it’s not just Thanksgiving day. It’s the day after too with all of those luscious leftovers.

Yesterday I got most of my groceries for the upcoming week and I’m heading out later this morning to get my poultry and meat for the week. As I was contemplating all of the ingredients I needed for everything so I could make sure they were all on hand, I started to wonder, “How many calories does the average American consume on Thanksgiving day?”

Are you ready for this?

According the Calorie Control Council, the average American will consume a whopping 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving day.

Yes, you read that right — 4,500 calories!!!

That’s like 3 days worth of calories for me!

So, how are you supposed to prepare for this grand, once a year feast?

For one thing, remember Thanksgiving is a day, not a week. Though we typically refer to the period between Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s as the “Christmas Season” or “Holiday Season,” this does not mean that you should be having an eating free-for-all during that time.

Some great tips offered by the Calorie Control Council website:

1. Eat lower-fat and reduced-calorie foods for days in advance of the holiday feast, and for days after.

2. Prepare for handling your worst temptations; if you want both pecan and pumpkin pie, take a tiny slice of each, instead of a full serving.

3. If cooking, provide low-fat foods, or ask if you can bring a low-fat dish.

4. After the meal, start a tradition — a holiday walk, for instance.

Also, remember your vegan/vegetarian friends while cooking your feast. Some of the things I’m making vegan this year are sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green beans, homemade cranberry sauce, roasted brussel sprout salad, biscuits, pumpkin pie and apple cobbler. However, just because something is vegan or vegetarian doesn’t make it low-calorie!

So what’s my plan? I’m starting to cut back on my calorie intake and upping my workouts on Sunday and continuing through the following Sunday. After that, I’ll got back to my normal routine.

I hope this helps all of you who are trying to lose and/or maintain your weight during this upcoming holiday season.

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