My first question is....do you know the calorie count in a typical Thanksgiving dinner? No? Let me break it down for you:
Turkey white or dark 6 ounces 450 calories
1 cup (about the size of a tennis ball) homemade stuffing 400 calories
1 cup of giblet gravy 300 calories
1 cup of mashed potatoes 350 calories
1 cup of candied sweet potatoes 400 calories
1/2 cup cranberry sauce 200 calories
2 rolls with butter 300 calories
1 slice (1/8 of 8inch) pumpkin pie with whip topping 450 calories
1 slice of pecan pie 650 calories
Grand Total: 3500 which incidentally is equivalent to a pound. So are you really going eat that much of everything? Can you have smaller amounts of everything? I mean do we really need an entire of cup of gravy? What do you want the most?
Do you have food police or food pushers you will be dealing with? Tell the police to remove their badges. You are in charge of what goes in your mouth. Tell the food pushers firmly you have had plenty.
Here are some Thanksgiving strategies for you:
- Eat a good breakfast
- eat lunch too...or a nice snack if you are eating earlier
- go for a walk after dinner. There is a cool site here where you can map a walk in your own neighborhood!
- use portion control
- what is it that you want the most?
- what can you put on your plate that is low cal?
- Nothing? Bring something to the table that is. Start a new tradition!