Bountiful Feasts: Watching Calories Over The Holiday

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I just had an amazing family gathering and am truly grateful for everyone in my life. I am also very grateful for the apple pie, pumpkin pie, gravy and mashed potatoes with roasted garlic butter. We are weeks away from the next feast and here are a few choices that will help you cut a few calories along the way. If you have any medical conditions, always check with your doctor.

Portion Control: Our society has serious portion distortions. Help yourself by literally measuring out one cup, one tablespoon etc. to see what that looks like. The more that you measure, the more realistic your portions will be.

Low Calorie Snacks: Choose snacks that are 100-150 calories and will give you energy, satisfy your sweet tooth and benefit your waistline. A great example is celery with nut butter and raisins. The raisins have a higher concentration of natural sugar satisfying your sweet tooth and provide immediate energy. The nut butter will give long term energy to tide you over until your next meal. Steer clear of packaged goods that are 100 calories as they will not provide long term energy and they are loaded with modified ingredients. This is a marketing trick and an unhealthy choice.

Cut Out Soda: Empty calories, empty calories, empty calories. Two sodas are equal to a full meal. Drink more water. Your breath will smell better, your skin will be plumper and your eyes will be whiter as a result.

Cut Out Coffee Drinks: Everyone is on the coffee bandwagon but ask yourself this: do you really even like coffee? I love an eggnog latte but let’s think about it. A small 12 ounce drink is 350 calories and 15 grams of fat. That’s a full meal. It’s one thing to treat yourself once a month but it is not okay to drink these daily. Have a cup of black coffee. It’s 5 calories and doesn’t have any fat. Save yourself 345 calories.

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