Thanksgiving is here again! Hard to believe another year has passed so quickly. We’re not going to tell you what you can’t eat this holiday season….instead we’re going to offer suggestions so you can enjoy the choices you make at the dinner table.
We’re always so frustrated when clients say they can’t enjoy the holiday season because they’re on a diet. Wikipedia states diet to mean: “In nutrition, the sum of the food consumed by a body is it’s diet. Proper nutrition for a human requires vitamins, minerals, protein, and fuel in the form of carbohydrates and fats. Imbalances between the consumed fuels and expended energy results in either starvation or excessive reserves of a body fat.” Diet is what we eat day in and day out, healthy and not so healthy. The word diet doesn’t need to be negative, and it shouldn’t be!
We all need calories or we wouldn’t be able to function. Calories are how we get energy. We get our calories from all the foods we eat and drink (except water). If you have some pounds to lose then you have been taking in too many calories and not expending enough energy through activity. You won’t gain weight in just one day of over-eating, so just make sure to get back to your normal diet after the big feast.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner, but be aware of the amount of food you pile on your plate. Portions are important because ALL calories count. Below we can show you a savings of 1,394 calories just by cutting your serving size!
- 4 oz. dark turkey meat with skin = 240 calories
- 4oz white turkey meat without skin = 173 calories
- 1 cup = 200 calories
- 1/2 cup = 100 calories
- 1 cup = 300 calories
- 1/2 cup = 150 calories
- 1 cup = 600 calories
- 1/4 cup = 150 calories
Candied Sweet Potatoes
- 3/4 cup = 300 calories
- 1/4 cup = 100 calories
- 1/2 cup = 200 calories
- 1/4 cup = 100 calories
- 1/2 cup green bean casserole = 150 calories
- 1/2 cup steamed green beans = 20 calories
Roll with Butter
- 2 Rolls = 360 calories
- 1 Roll = 180 calories
- 2 Glasses = 170 calories
- 1 Glass = 85 calories
- 1/6th of a 9″ pie with 2 Tbs whipped cream = 280 calories
- 1/8th of a 9″ pie with 1 Tbs whipped cream = 197.5 calories
So you CAN have your pie and eat it too! Even with the significant caloric savings, the total calories of this meal are still 1405.5 and can be a full days worth of calories for some. Remember to skip seconds! You’ll be glad you did when you don’t feel full and bloated later in the evening. Then enjoy the rest of the day with family and friends – take a walk, help with dishes and be thankful for all you have. Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Total Woman!