Saturday, November 26, 2011

Post Thanksgiving Pep Talk....And What About Those Leftovers?


Okay...we got past Thanksgiving, thank goodness! Time to get back on it...eating healthy in logical portions, that is.  So what to do with all those leftovers? Take these steps:

  1. Whatever you don't eat up the day after Thanksgiving, divide into two groups: one that is low in calories and fat (turkey, vegetables, fresh fruit) and that artery clogging food in the other (heavy gravies, stuffing, potatoes, rolls, and deserts.)
  2. If you didn't send stuffing and potatoes, or pies, cakes and other deserts home with family or friends after the feast, consider your neighbors. Visit a senior who would be thankful for a pumpkin pie, or a bachelor who hasn't been offered a homemade meal in while and get rid of temptation.
  3. With the food you have left, plan meals around those leftovers that will fit into the 17 Day Diet, for instance:
    • Use cubed turkey and make Turkey Vegetable Soup, using Dr. Mike's  Chicken Vegetable Soup recipe.
    • Fill fresh lettuce leaves with turkey, cucumbers or celery and spray with salad spritzer.  Eat as a main dish for lunch or dinner.
    • Use fruit for Kefir Smoothies, or freeze for Smoothies in a few days.
    • Moisten turkey chunks with a mixture of low fat mayonnaise and honey mustard, add chopped green pepper, onions and celery and top a bed of greens for a tasty salad.
    • Fill celery stalks with fat free cream cheese to eat as a snack.

And as important as those 3 steps are, it's just as important for you to get right back into exercising those 17 minutes a day!  So, step 4 should be: get right back into the exercise routine and stay on it right up to the Christmas holidays.

Don't beat yourself up for stuffing yourself on Thanksgiving, but don't let that habit linger! Take swift action to clear out the temptations and jump back into action.  Your waistline will thank you!

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