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Spill the Beans on Holiday Eating

posted Dec 13, 2011, 9:59 AM by Amanda Bontempo   [ updated Dec 18, 2011, 1:04 PM ]
Thanksgiving Diet Disasters Averted

You can have your cake and eat it too. Yeah, I said it. Thanksgiving and all her associated foods comes only once a year, so follow these simple steps and ensure that you don't leave feeling deprived but confident that you avoided falling into a diet disaster.
  • Don't fill up on party appetizers like chips and dip or crackers and cheese because you can have this all year round. Stick to the seasonal dishes that come once a year.
  • With smorgasbord of delights to sample, scoop a small portion only. That's right, eat half the amount that you might have had on a normal evening.
  • Allow yourself to taste everything but stick to those Thanksgiving items that you won't have a chance to enjoy again until next year. This might even include that big green salad because if you're not careful, it is easy for the calories and fat content to skyrocket after all the accoutrements.
  • Not sure what's in the green bean casserole? Bring a side dish (that's been approved by the host) and impress all the guests with your famous low cal Broccolini with Lemon dish. When it's time to serve up, you know you won't fill out.
Still uncertain? Let's do some math to mitigate your fears of packing on the padding. One pound of fat is gained by eating 3500 extra calories. So even if you did go bananas and gorge yourself until you were uncomfortably full, it is doubtful that you would have reached a food intake to equal one or two extra pounds on the scale. Make it up tomorrow by reverting back to your regular healthy routine.
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