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Healthy Living: Thinner Thanksgiving

Thinner ThanksgivingHalloween is just a few days behind us, and I wonder how many of us are regretting the 27 bite-sized candy bars, two packages of candy corns, one candied apple and 16 sugar cookies we’ve eaten since trick-or-treating came to a close?

Never fear, it’s not too late to begin thinking about a thinner Thanksgiving (and beyond). Experts recommend having a few tricks up your sleeve to prevent the holiday pound creep.

First, be active. It’s cooler outside, and now is a great time to get in the habit of taking a walk. Go before dusk, and plan on longer walks during daylight hours on the weekends.

Eat breakfast! It revs up your metabolism and doesn’t leave you lunging for a huge snack before lunch.

Cut calories in your holiday meals where you can by using fat-free chicken broth to baste the turkey and make gravy; by using sugar substitutes in place of sugar and/or fruit purees instead of oil in baked goods; and by using plain yogurt or fat-free sour cream in creamy dips, mashed potatoes and casseroles.

Control your portions by using a lunch-sized plate. Don’t go back for seconds and skip the foods you can eat all year.

Eat slowly. Avoid the alcohol, which is empty-calories, slows your metabolism and could encourage you to eat more because you’re more relaxed and less inhibited.

Finally, focus on family and friends, not food.

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