Monday night was the annual “Have a Healthy Holiday” party that I share with my clients. We get together and make a game plan for the holidays. I don’t have unrealistic expectations for them. I don’t expect to see weight loss from November until January (but it does make me happy)! I just work with them on NOT GAINING the extra 5-10 holiday pounds. Each person brings a healthy holiday dish plus copies of the recipe to share. Below is a list of traditional foods and then the healthy version we came up with.
3oz dark meat turkey with gravy: 200 calories3 oz White Meat Turkey: 120 calories
Roast Sweet Potato’s: ½ cup 75 calories
Green Bean Casserole: ½ cup 150 caloriesSpinach Salad: 70 calories (light dressing)
Stuffing Traditional: ½ cup 200 caloriesStuffing Light: ½ cup 100 calories
Pecan Pie: 500 caloriesLight Pumpkin Brownies: 90 calories
1 small piece of fudge: 150 caloriesChex Almond Mix: ½ cup 150 calories
Total for Traditional Meal = 1,300 calories
Total for Healhty Meal= 600 calories
Note that in the traditional meal this does not include the egg-nog, wine, cheese log, mashed potato's, hot rolls or cranberry sauce. If the extras are part of the meal you are looking at 2,200 calories or more! If you do this just 10 times between Thanksgiving and New Years you will gain at least 5 pounds. Think of all the office parties, church meals, family gatherings, and so on; but I can offer a little hope and holiday advice.
Be sure to eat a healthy balanced breakfast before any holiday meal; that will keep you from going into the "war zone" starving. Don't skip your workout today! Infact, this should be the day for a little extra activity. Try getting exercise before your meal. When it is meal time, choose to fill your plate with 1/3 white meat turkey. Have a small taste of the rich stuff but be sure your plate has plenty of light options to fill up the main part. After dinner go take a walk or play a game of family football. Save your dessert of choice until a few hours later. That keeps your body from taking on such a big calorie load all at once. (And it keeps you from having two desserts!)
All of my ladies had the same comments after the party: the food was good; I feel satisfied; I had fun; and I don't feel sick (or guilty).
Healthy Holidays to you all!