Thursday, November 17, 2011

holiday temptations...

While we all give in to temptations every now and then, the holidays make it even more difficult to control ourselves with all of the UNhealthy options that seem to be all around us this time of year! Some things to keep in mind...
MODERATION-it's ok to have a little of your favorite things, but once you've sampled, move away from the table!
BE ACTIVE-have a great workout before Thanksgiving, or maybe sign up for a great Turkey Trot 5K in your area! Find a way to get your family outside and active together after the Thanksgiving meal...maybe a football game, a hike, or bike ride as a family!
BRING ON THE VEGGIES-Thanksgiving dinner is known for carbs, carbs Oh and more carbs! Right? Mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potatoes, casseroles galore and much more. This year, prepare lots of delicious veggies to go along with your meal. Fill your plate with half veggies and then sample each of the carb options, and leave room for the turkey! This way you'll be filling up on greens, rather than all those heavy carbs!
HEALTHY ALTERNATIVES-many recipes are offered in a lighter version, so check around and see if you can find a favorite menu item that's lower in calories and fat!
PACKAGE BAKED GOODS-when preparing cookies for the holidays, go ahead and package those items in their gift-giving containers, this way you'll be less likely to pop open those cookie jars!
PLAN AHEAD-with lots of holiday parties in your future, make sure you never arrive on an empty stomach! Make sure you've planned ahead and had some great protein-rich snacks beforehand, that way you can control your portions rather than over indulging!

What's your secret to having a HEALTHY Thanksgiving holiday?

*and a hilarious side note: My son was riding his like while I ran, pushing my two year old in the stroller! My five year old told me at one point to, "speed up Mommy, you're a slow poke"...ya think he'll be a coach/trainer in his future? Ha! He was sure motivating me to speed up...what Mommy wants to be a slow poke?? HA!!!


Holly said...

While potatoes, both white and sweet are carbs they are both nutrient dense and should not really be thought of as being a filler carb. Moderation on everything of course is the key.

misszippy said...

All good suggestions. I am going to my sister-in-law's house and have offered to bring a few dishes. I intend to make them healthy options, which may or may not be popular, but I think we all should have them!

Penny said...

I'm going to try my hardest to stay away from the carbs. They do funny things to my thinking process, plus after I eat them all I want to do is sleep. NO CARBS FOR THIS GIRL.

Elle said...

Those are all great suggestions.

I have concentrated on exercise through the holidays by signing up for some challenges going around the blogosphere.

Your story about your little guy is so precious. :)

Anonymous said...

I've decided to start skipping the things I don't actually like. There is no reason to waste me calories on that stuff, even if it is traditional.

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