Ask The Doctor’s Guide To A Healthy Thanksgiving.
The season of temptation has arrived. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine shows the average person puts on a pound during the holidays and never loses it. Over the years this can add up to some serious weight gain for people. We here at AskTheDoctor.com have put together a few tips to help you stay healthy this Thanksgiving and throughout the holidays.
1. Avoid the skin on the turkey. Skin has saturated fat and contributes to high cholesterol. The best thing you can do is serve yourself the turkey breast or other white meat without the skin
2. Don’t use butter in stuffing. Avoid adding butter to your stuffing and cook with low-sodium chicken broth instead. Skip adding the sausage and use some low fat chicken instead.
3. Use low fat milk for mashed potatoes. Instead of using butter and salt, use some low fat milk when making your mashed potatoes.
4. Control portion size on desert. If you can’t skip that pecan or pumpkin pie, opt for a very small piece and don’t eat the crust.
5. Eat veggies as appetizer. The best thing you can do is avoid all the deep fried appetizers and go for the chilled shrimps, veggies or fresh fruit instead.
6. Make low calorie egg nog. Again use low fat skim milk and honey and avoid the heavy cream and sugar.
7. Control alcohol portion. If you are going to drink, take small sips and really nurse that glass of red wine.
8. Plan a healthy activity the day before, the day of and the day after. Get your family together for 3 days and plan a physical activity such as a nice walk, playing a sport, whatever it maybe. Those 3 days of activity will help keep your metabolism going.