Today is Thanksgiving and it is my favorite holiday. In the past, even as recently as last year, I could be found piling my plate 3 to 4 times with food and all throughout the night. I love this day because there is no gift giving and it is just an opportunity to sit down with family and friends and laugh, argue, and enjoy the company.
This year marks my first Thanksgiving as a vegetarian and so it will be a challenge to avoid cutting into the turkey and ham, but I also know that it is time to begin the process of leaning out before I go to Las Vegas. I am currently at 144 pounds and when I leave next Friday I want to weigh 138 pounds. I know that when I get to Vegas that it will be much harder to restrict my diet because of not having my home kitchen to cook in.
So when I sit down to have Brussel sprouts, asparagus, risotto, mushroom and sweet potatoes I also know that I will only be having one serving but what else can I do with this holiday season to maintain a healthy weight and avoid packing on the pounds, especially since 70.3 Puerto Rico is in March and I do not want to go up and down. Leave it to the internet to have all the ‘answers’ to all your questions.
This article (click here) provides you with 10 strategies to prevent the holiday bulge. The tips are excellent reminders for the holiday season, but should also be applied year round.
1. Eat four to six smaller meals rather than “saving” yourself for that special holiday meal
2. Plan a workout before a holiday party or big meal
3. In contrast to our “sports mentality” to pick up the pace, when eating, SLOW DOWN!
4. Remember the law of diminishing returns
5. Take advantage of “nutritionally dense” holiday foods
- Sweet Potatoes.
6. Offer to bring a healthy dish to holiday parties
7. Try recipe modification
8. Beware of liquid calories, especially alcohol
Table 1: Calories Found in Alcoholic Beverages
|Light Beer||12 ounces||100|
|Non-alcoholic Beer||12 ounces||32|
|Red Wine||4 ounces||85|
|White Wine||4 ounces||80|
|Wine Cooler||8 ounces||120|
|Gin and tonic||4 ounces||150|
|Pina colada||4 ounces||262|
9. Don’t “hang out” at the appetizer table when socializing at a party
10. Use a journal to monitor your training and nutrition
–> This article was written by Kim Mueller, M.S., R.D. • For Active.com