Start a healthy
Thanksgiving with a big bountiful breakfast like hot whole-grain cereal and an
egg-white omelet brimming with veggies. That’s because saving up calories for
the big meal rarely works. You end up “spending” a lot more by overindulging on
belly busters like a full ladle of gravy (about 800 calories!) instead of a
tablespoon-size taste (70 calories).
your host and say, “I’d love to bring something. What are you planning on
serving?” If you discover that one of the dishes is particularly unhealthy,
offer to bring your own version. Sweet potatoes, for example, can be real
killers – full of butter, syrup, and marshmallows. But when prepared within
Pritikin guidelines, they’re perfectly healthy – and absolutely delicious.
bake the yams in foil at 400 degrees F until their syrupy juice starts to seep
out, usually about one hour. Then, peel and layer them with pineapple slices
and a little cinnamon.
great sweet-potato-style choice for Turkey Day is a salad/side dish that’s
always popular among guests at the Pritikin health resort: Sweet Potato
and Apple Salad.
most of us, there’s a certain part of the meal that gives us the most trouble.
For some, it’s alcohol. For others, it may be dessert.
a strategy. For alcohol, tell yourself, “I’ll enjoy a half glass of wine with
appetizers, and a half glass with dinner,” or decide to stick with mineral
water at first, saving your alcohol for the main meal.
if you have a tough time putting on the brakes once you get started, don’t start.
Steer clear of the bar – and relish everything else the day has to offer – good
conversation, good food, good memories.
you have a sweet tooth, plan for it. If a taste of chocolate satisfies you,
take it. Enjoy it. But if one taste sends you lusting for a lot more, offer to
bring your own healthy dessert, such as fresh raspberries and sorbet. Or have
dessert waiting for you when you return home. A nice reward for a job well
Position Yourself Well.
put yourself right in front of the candy dish. Who needs the
agony? Plant yourself elsewhere, facing other pleasures – a nice fire,
warm smiles, good tunes and a dance floor. You’ll have a much better time,
and you’ll like yourself a lot more come morning.
Divide Your Plate Well.
you learned at the Pritikin Longevity Center, fill your plate half with
vegetables, one quarter with white turkey meat, and the rest with a healthy
starch, like corn on the cob, a baked potato, or sweet potatoes Pritikin-style.
Savor Every Bite.
slowly, putting your fork down between bites, and really savor each
mouthful. It’s one of the easiest ways to enjoy your holiday meal without
going overboard on calories.
Do What You Want; No One’s Watching.
often think that if they say “no” to certain dishes, everyone notices, or the
host is insulted, when in fact there’s a very good chance no one
notices. Just play it down. Simply say, “No thanks, I’m full,” or
“Try me later.” Then, sit back and enjoy the rest of your healthy Thanksgiving
Start Thanksgiving With Physical Activity – And
a walk early in the day. And after dinner, suggest everyone go out (if the
weather permits) for a neighborhood stroll. What a wonderful way for
families to enjoy the holiday together.
tip: Plan some outdoor fun before dinner, like a game of soccer or
volleyball with the kids. (It’s a great strategy for keeping the appetizer
buffet at bay, too.)
Keep Your Goals Firmly In Mind.
leaving for the party, steal away for a little quiet time to focus on you, only
you. Take a few deep breaths, and remind yourself of your ultimate vision – a
leaner you, a healthier you, a happier you. Then, tell yourself, “It’s
going to be a great evening with family and friends!” Julia Child (of all
people) said it best: “Life is the proper binge.”