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Giving Thanks, Eating Well

November 28, 2013

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Today is the big day. It’s like the Superbowl of Eating. If you are health conscious, t’s not a bad idea to have a strategy in place. Here are a few tips and facts to guide you through the feast:

Don’t starve yourself all day in anticipation of the extra calories. Chances are, you will be miserable, and then over binge later.Have small, light meals during the day to keep your strength up, and calories down.

Load up your plate with the healthiest stuff: turkey, salad, vegetables, etc. Pre-game nibbles, like shrimp, hummus and vegetables with dip are better choices than starchy, cheesy appetizers.

We are having a non- creamy soup to begin, followed by a seasonal salad with a dried cranberry vinaigrette. Those types of foods should take the edge off, leaving you less ravenous for the main meal.

Decide what your very favorite dishes are, and take a portion of those first. Skip the others, or just take a little taste of them. Fill the rest of your plate with turkey and clean vegetable side dishes if possible. Creamy casseroles are not healthy diet choices regardless of what the main component of them is, but if you love gratineed squash, go ahead and indulge. It’ s Thanksgiving for goodness sake!

Sweet potatoes, are better choices than white potatoes.

Pumpkin pie is higher in vitamins and lower in calories than pecan pie. I can’t imagine how many calories are in the chocolate pecan tart with salted caramel and whipped cream, but I hope my guests will enjoy it regardless! If that’s your thing, have a small slice and enjoy it.

Move a little after your meal. Go for a walk, help with the dishes, or dance if the mood strikes. Moving around will aid in digestion, leaving you less bloated and sluggish the next day.

Remember that it takes 3500 extra calories to make a pound. Chances are, one meal, however outrageous it may be,  will not make a significant difference in your weight. To relieve the bloat, workout the next day, eat healthfully, and drink lots of water.

Thanksgiving is a time to be reflective about all of the blessings in your life. Don’t beat yourself up over indulging. Instead be grateful for the wonderful food, and the friends and family you shared it with. Tomorrow is a new day!

Happy Thanksgiving to all our supportive readers!

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Undoing It All

December 31, 2011

This year, I have been overwhelmed by all of the articles about how to undo the damage we are about to inflict on ourselves.

First it started with stories about eating too much candy during Halloween. Next, a pre-emptive strike against over indulging at Thanksgiving dinner, followed by binging our way through the entire holiday season, which apparently is one big food splurge, lasting from Halloween to New Year’s Day. The past week’s articles have centered around hangover cures, from the drinks we have not yet consumed on New Year’s Eve.

What started as posts about avoiding the indulgences, slowly morphed into stories about planning to fix it all in January. Somewhere, around the second week in December, even the health and wellness writers threw in the towel and moved on to repair tactics.

If you live a healthy lifestyle, very little of this is relevant. Yes, Thanksgiving has become a carb fest, slathered in butter and brown sugar, and sprinkled liberally with pecans, but it is just one meal. Truly, how much weight can you gain from one meal?

It’s about eating it, enjoying it, and going back to normal healthy eating the next day.

Sure, there have been more temptations lately, but if you make wise choices most of the time, a little indulgence is fine.
No time to workout? Sorry, I don’t buy that one. Get up, get to the gym and get on with your life. It keeps your stress levels in check, and makes sure that your pants still fit after all those treats. No gym? Go for a walk. Just do something.

Next week, the gym will be flooded with the New Year’s “resolutioners.” The ones that vow that this year will be the year they diet and exercise. They fill up the classes, hog the machines, and mess up the locker rooms. They are also gone by the end of the month.

I don’t really believe in making New Year’s resolutions. I believe in taking each day as it comes and doing the best I can with it, whether it’s January or July. Instead of setting a big goal that is often unattainable, why not simply commit to doing better a job of taking care of your body and your health? Why not find simple tweaks that can improve your lifestyle, and go from there? Find something active that you love to do, and doing it will become pleasure, not drudgery.

Don’t look backwards at the things you can’t change, but try looking forward to the things you can do better.

Instead of spending tomorrow trying out that trendy new hangover cure you just read about, why not drink mindfully tonight, and spend the day enjoying all of the possibilities that a new year brings?

Here’s to a great 2012, filled with health, happiness and love!

Xo Indigo Jones

Photo: Glasshouse Images


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