Eat This…Instead of This

By Jenny Gaal-McGoogan

Are your holiday plans in shape?  Every year, the holidays seem to creep up and catch us off guard.  Often this leaves many of us little time to evaluate just how healthy our holiday plans are. What does the nutritional content of your Thanksgiving recipes look like?  Is there still time to exercise?  Do you have too many parties on the calendar?

Well, November is here, and it is time to give those plans a workout.  Even minor changes can add up to improved health.  Finding time to exercise, analyzing holiday recipes and practicing portion control are three effective ways to make sure Tom the Turkey doesn’t stay around longer than Thanksgiving.

To incorporate physical exercise, you must make it a priority and schedule into your day.  Now this doesn’t have to mean hitting the gym for an hour a day; it can be as simple as playing ball with the kids for 30 minutes or going for a family walk after dinner.  The key is to find a time and setting that works for you.  Walking the mall, fitness DVD’s, jogging with a friend or a fitness app such as Nike Training Club are all great ways to keep you moving.

Eating smaller portions are one of the easiest ways to cut back on your caloric intake while still eating the foods you love.  Here are some alternatives to consider.

 Before your Thanksgiving plans are set and you head out to the grocery store, take a minute to look at your recipe and shopping list.  Consider trying alternative ingredients such as whipped butter, fat free, low sodium chicken broth and doubling the amount of fresh vegetables and herbs to increase the nutritional content and reduce the fat per serving in your traditional recipe.  Researching new and healthy recipes is easy to do on the internet – eatingwell.com, foodnetwork.com and allrecipes.com are great sources to update your holiday.Happy Thanksgiving and keep fit!