November 15, 2012
Sherri Meyer, MG Registered Dietitian,
Though you wouldn't know it by walking in a retail store, Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Personally this holiday happens to be one of my favorites as it involves two things I love...food and family. What could be better then feasting on delicious food in the company of those you love. Of course, sometimes we can get carried away with the feasting. Do a Google search for average calories on Google and you get estimate anywhere from 3000-4500 calories, more than most of our calorie budgets. That said, enjoying your Thanksgiving meal does not have to been a dietary disaster. Since many of us will be traveling for the holiday, we will not have control over what food is served, but we can control the portions we eat. I will never forget the Thanksgiving holiday I spent at my sister-in-laws where I ate so much food I spent the rest of the night groaning about my aching belly (what a way to end a great meal). Thankfully, with the exclusion of that year, I have managed to control my portions and convince myself that the less I eat the more there will be for leftovers the next day (my favorite part).
If you happen to be the cook this Thanksgiving Day check out this from Cooking Light "What the Thanksgiving Cook Nibbled", very insightful.