Halloween Candy & Thanksgiving Thoughts

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Do you still have Halloween candy around?
That candy has been hanging around for a couple of weeks.  If it is still around the house and tempting you, do one of two things: throw it out or donate it to charity.  Yes, I said throw it out.  At my house, I say “better in the trash than on my hips.”  Personally, I’d rather not have the temptation.  With the holidays coming up most of us don’t need the extra calories and temptation hanging around.  I’d rather save those calories for the Thanksgiving desserts next week.  YUM!

Schedule a Thanksgiving Workout
Over the past few years, John (my Hubby) and I have started doing a Turkey Trot Thanksgiving morning.  Now, it has become a tradition with us and a few friends to start our Thanksgiving with a run Thanksgiving morning.  Honestly, I can’t think of a better way to start a day in which we should be giving thanks.  When I was training for my first marathon, and when I met one of my best friends, Theresa, we started talking about why we run.  Well, one of the reasons that motivates me to run and do triathlons is simply . . . because I can. I am thankful that I have two arms and two legs that work, and a mind that is capable of making them swim, bike and run.  So, on my Thanksgiving morning run, I think about how thankful I am for my health, my body, my family and friends.  It is a great way to start the day on a positive note.  If there isn’t an official Turkey Trot in your area, plan to start the day with a walk or run.  Get some friends and/or family and/or the family dog involved and make it a tradition.  Need more motivation, spend a few minutes getting to know Dick & Rick Hoyt, or about Rick Hoyt Can, or about the Challenged Athletes Foundation (this video is a call for donations – don’t feel obligated, but learn about how others are dealing with their challenges).  And, get out that door Thanksgiving morning – even if it is only for 10 minutes – and think about all you are thankful for.

Now, about those Thanksgiving dinners. . .
I did a talk last week and people kept asking about “healthy” substitutions for favorite desserts and holiday items.  I told them there are things that you only get once a year.  Enjoy them – just enjoy less of them.
Honestly, I’ll be baking pies next week.  I use – gasp – REAL BUTTER in my pies.  When I’m cooking for special occasions, I don’t scrimp.  What I do is have a smaller piece or serving than usual.

Here are a few things to keep in mind while thinking about those Thanksgiving dinners.  Remember: you can also mentally rehearse these ideas before you head to the Thanksgiving table.

  • Take a spoonful of each food you want.  Try them and go back for more if you are still hungry (wait 10 – 20 minutes before going back for seconds).
  • Take only those foods you know you love or are new to you.  Why spend calories on food you don’t love?
  • Leave white space on your plate.  You don’t have to fill every inch of your plate.  Leave some room between food items.
  • Use a smaller plate for your main course.
  • Before heading back for seconds, ask if you are so full that you couldn’t comfortably take a 10 – 20 minute walk around the neighborhood.  If you’re too full, pack that extra serving to take home and eat later.
  • Take half a serving of only the desserts you absolutely love.  If there is a new dessert, take a serving that is only bite or two to decide if you really want to spend your calories on it.
  • Split a dessert with someone else.
  • Take a walk after the meal rather than heading to the couch to fall into a food coma.  If you still want to nap after the walk, go for it.  At least you’ll know you’ve already worked off a few of those calories.
Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you and yours have a happy Thanksgiving!

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