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Ask Kristy: Losing Weight on Thanksgiving

Tips on staying on track with your weight loss during the Thanksgiving holiday.

"How do I continue to lose weight or at least not gain weight on Thanksgiving?"

First, you could bring your own low-calorie Thanksgiving meal or dish to share.  Last Thanksgiving, I invented my Thanksgiving salad.  It incorporates turkey, cranberries, and apples to give you the taste of Thanksgiving with much fewer calories.

Kristy’s Thanksgiving Salad: Spring mix and baby spinach salad with apples, dried cranberries, roasted almonds, turkey, and blue cheese crumbles with a raspberry vinaigrette dressing.

Another approach that you could take to Thanksgiving is to make Thursday your “off” day.  The MOVE YOUR BODY Transformation Program addresses the cravings and yearnings for foods that are higher in calories and fat than you would normally eat on a “diet plan” through a weekly “off” day.  One day per week, you are encouraged to go off of your normal specific-calorie nutrition plan and eat that special favorite meal or favorite dessert.  The “off” day does not have to be any specific day of the week and can be changed to fit your life and social calendar that week.  Therefore, if you so choose, Thanksgiving day could be your “off” day for the week and you could enjoy all of your favorite traditional Thanksgiving foods.  However, be mindful of your goals and eat a smaller portion of the foods than you would normally consume.   

Finally, the best way to continue progressing on your fitness and weight loss goals is to MOVE YOUR BODY!  Get a workout or walk or run in before you go to Thanksgiving lunch or dinner.  Once you are finished eating, instead of planting yourself in front of the television or lying down to take a nap, go outside and take a walk, play with the kids, play with dogs, challenge your relatives and/or friends to a game of basketball or football or kickball, etc.  Be active and burn off those calories!!

Most importantly, have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and enjoy your time with your family and friends!    

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Tammy Osier November 24, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Kristi, I have a banana nut oatmeal bread that is made with absolutely no sugar at all. It uses wheat flour and honey. It's delicious. I also have a "purple shake" that I drink every day that actually has spinach, kale and frozen fruits in it. You can't taste the green stuff- only the fruit and berries. Before the holidays is the time to get your body "used" to the right stuff so that it won't crave the wrong stuff. I'll share them in another post. Not that I didn't eat some cornbread stuffing though...lol
Tammy Osier November 24, 2012 at 07:06 PM
BANANA NUT OATMEAL BREAD 1 cup mashed banana 1/3 cup butter 1/2 cup honey 2 eggs 1/4 cup water 1 cup whole wheat flour 3/4 cup rolled oats 1 tsp. Baking soda 1/2 cup nuts Blend ingredients. Add to Greased bread pan. Bake at 325 for 55-60 minutes. Cool on wire rack. This bread has approximately 235 ish calories per slice. You have fruit, grains, a flour that isn’t bleached and non-nutrient, nuts (good fats) and protein from eggs. The honey is a natural sugar, so no white sugar is added. While it may not be a whole lot less calories than traditional banana nut bread (maybe a 100 or so), none of your calories is coming from a source that you can’t use for energy. That's my philosopy - health first. Problem is, is so gooood. One slice in the morning with your breakfast, or even alone with coffee. You may use it again later on as a snack.
Tammy Osier November 24, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Actually, you could have a slice of this with your purple shake. Good way to start the day!

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