-Bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Michigan State University, -Master’s degree in dietetic education from Western Michigan University -Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Association since 2008 -Nutritionist at Cultivate Nutrition
How are you going to prevent holiday weight gain this season?Although the average holiday season weight gain is only 1-2 pounds, the problem is the weight gain isn’t lost each year. Now is the time to plan how you are going to prevent the weight gain. The average Thanksgiving dinner and grazing can be over 2000 calories!Tips for a healthier Thanksgiving:
Don’t skip meals before the Thanksgiving dinner to save on calories because you actually may end up eating more calories in the end! If you are starving when you sit down to eat your Thanksgiving meal you are likely to eat more than usual. The foods served also tend to be higher calorie. Just 1 cup of stuffing and 2-3 slices of dark meat turkey with the skin could be over 500 calories. The pecan pie or pumpkin pie for dessert can add another 300-500 calories!
Choose only your favorite foods and leave the others.
Keep portions in control-instead of a cup of stuffing and a cup of mashed potatoes have ½ cup. Instead of choosing 2 full pieces of pie, choose 1 full piece of your favorite pie or cut a sliver of each to try instead of a full piece of both.
If you are doing the Thanksgiving cooking, choose to substitute some lower-fat or fat-free ingredients in place of the high-fat ingredients. Such as, cool the turkey broth to skim the solidified fat off the top before making the gravy, make mashed potatoes with skim milk and soft tub margarine instead of whole milk and butter and make pumpkin pie lighter using a crust free recipe, skim milk and egg whites!
Don’t forget to plan some fun physical activity into your day! Take a walk and find some of the last fall colors, play some tag football with the family, or turn on some music and do some line dancing! It doesn’t matter what you choose, but choose to move and not just nap in front of the TV!