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The Dissection of Thanksgiving

Posted by Marybeth Fottler on Nov 22, 2010 9:05:00 AM

As you are driving back from Grandma’s house with your belt cutting into your belly you will tell yourself, “never again will I overdo it like that;  “that,” referring to the overindulgences of Thanksgiving. Restraint and portion control are in your hands and C  mfottler My Documents My Pictures Blog thanksgiving turkey 2 resized 600having a plan of “attack” for your evening repast and squeezing in an early date with the Cybex Arc, Treadmill, or Eagle line can get you through Thanksgiving while skipping the self-loathing, and still maintaining all the rich festive flavors.

Below are the calorie counts and the amount of sugar you would generally consume with normal portions. Go for seconds… thirds and more, you will be ratcheting these figures into the 3000 calories range! Taking into consideration one pound of body fat equals 3500 calories you could expect to pack on one pound this day. By the end of the holidays you could easily pack on additional five pounds or more. In ten years that is fifty pounds of pure fat.

Item

Calories

Sugar

Stuffing

160

2g

Turkey Breast, 4 oz.

142

0g

Gravy

25

1g

Sweet Potato Casserole

320

41g

Dinner Roll

110

4g

1/2 Tablespoon Butter

50

0g

Cranberry Sauce (canned)

110

21g

Green Beans

30

2g

Mashed Potatoes

155

3g

Pumpkin Pie  w/ Whipped Cream

340

31g

Totals

1442

105g

So, besides upping your exercise prior to the Big Day, consider substitutions that cut the calories without diminishing your enjoyment of this special day.  For example, I am not a big dessert fan, so I cut out the pumpkin pie in favor of a glass (or two) of good wine.  Also, mashed potatoes are empty calories—over-processed potatoes with way too much butter.  I skip them in favor of nutrient-rich sweet potatoes, sans marshmallows and brown sugar.  Sweet potatoes are loaded with Vitamin A and fiber and really taste quite sweet without added sugars.  With a little forethought (and extra Arc time), you can have a joyous, guilt-free Thanksgiving.

Holly Aglialoro
Guest Blogger and Fitness Enthusiast

Topics: Healthy Living

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