What to Avoid Thanksgiving Day?

With the aromas of pies and cookies cooking, dishes loaded with butter, sugar, cream and flour, it doesn’t make it easy to stay on track with your fitness goals.  If you must partake in these guilty pleasures, please do so in moderation to minimize the guilt from your feast.  Most Americans will consume on average 1,750 – 4,800 calories (3,500 calories = 1lb of fat) during their feast, so to recover from that you would have to do ‘FOUR’ back-to-back Bootcamp classes (1800- 3500 clories burned)!!!   Here are the things to avoid if at all possible:

  • Alcohol:  From 100 calories for a small glass of wine to a whopping 500+ for most sweet mixed cocktails, these are calories that should be avoided.  We won’t even talk about stopping the fat metabolism process here, that is for another discussion.
  • Pies:  Loaded with sugar and more sugar and with some, adding whipped cream and ice cream is just setting you up for diet disaster.  If you have to eat pie, try eating around the crust, and leave all the toppings off.
  • Bread Stuffing:  White flour and loads of butter (sometimes fatty sausage-meat)?  a knockout punch for disaster…Try leaving the meat out and add some vegetables.  Use a wholegrain or whole wheat bread for half or the whole recipe, and substitute coconut oil for some of the butter.
  • Sweet Potato Casseroles:   Brown sugar, cinnamon, marshmallows…  Ugh!  An hour of cardio per serving!!!  If you can?  Eat them by themselves with cinnamon so you still get the fiber and vitamins they are rich with.  If you must have marshmallows, add just a few.  Here is a healthy recipe at half the calories.
  • Mashed Potatoes w/ Gravy:  More butter and more cream…  Another 400+ calories to bust those zippers!   Try using low fat or fat free milk, a small amount of the butter while adding some fat free sour cream to flavor up your dish.

 

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