Thanksgiving or Misgiving?

Stress, holiday blues, eating too much… I ask myself again this year, how does all of this spell thanksgiving?  If you’re like me, the holidays creep up on you when you’re already stressed and crunched for time, leaving you vulnerable to temptation! I know this is not the time of year to deprive myself, so I need a game plan to limit overindulgence and extra pounds.

pearsonscalesquareMy strategy for Thanksgiving this year is to grab the family for low-key physical activity and to have one or two food strategies in place before temptation strikes! Here are some ideas.

1. Start by eating a filling, balanced breakfast. This will help maintain blood sugar levels and fend off later splurging.

2. Start a new tradition! Take a walk instead of having brunch. Or, walk off the big meal!

3. Grab the family and play a rousing game, think football or tag with the kids. These activities are away from food and allow for family fun time. No matter how delicious the pie is, everyone will remember the fun!

4. Mentally rehearse before the big meal. Instead of planning what you will eat, plan to see some of your plate!

football115. Start with fruit or veggies. Think a salad, fruit and cheese plate, or crudités. Fill up ahead of time on nutrient-dense foods to control splurging.

6. At the big meal, only take a portion of your favorites or take a taste of everything. Or, start with a small portion of half of the foods. Then, when everyone gets up to have seconds of everything, try a small portion of the other half of the dishes!

Personally, I find that a filling up on fruits or veggies helps me stay on track. Try this simple, festive salad I’m making for Thanksgiving! Mix together leaf lettuce, sliced shallots and pears. Try a firm, festive pear, such as red Anjou or Bosc. Top this mixture with gorgonzola, walnuts, and balsamic vinaigrette. Delicious! If salads aren’t your style, put together a quick cheese and fruit plate. Grape bunches, sliced pears, and olives make a festive display when paired with a small assortment of cheeses, and the pear slices act as a cheese delivery device. Scrumptious! Depending on the type of pear you love best, USA Pears has a cheese pairing that is perfect for you. Happy merrymaking!

About Amy Kweller MS, RD

As a Registered Dietitian, I have a professional relationship with pears. But as someone who loves great food, I also have a personal relationship with pears! So there is no better way to spend my time than blogging about this lovely fruit. I will blog about pears from farm to table; healthy living, cooking, and recipes; the therapeutic benefits of pears and a wholesome diet; and how pears can fit into your lifestyle. I have a background in clinical and community nutrition, and teaching others how to lead healthy, fulfilling lives is my goal and passion – so send me your questions. My hope is that everyone who visits this site will find something that lingers long after the browser closes, and I expect that will be a deeper love of pears!

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