It's that time of the year again. So, enjoy your family and friends. Don't lose what you have gained (lost weight). Continue to make healthy choices (Fitts and Kevin) while celebrating this holiday season.
Here are some tips from dietitian Versie Larkin of Monroe, La.
- Eat smaller portions
- Avoid second helpings (good luck)
- Limit alcohol (good luck to me)
- Eat appetizers made with fresh vegetables
- Eat something before the party or family gathering
- Don't fast before the party; it could cause you to overeat
- Select baked, grilled or broiled foods rather than fried
- Remove the skin from chicken and all visible fat from meat
- Take small bites and eat slowly
- Drink extra water - it's an effective appetite suppressant
- Be selective. If you don't really want it, don't eat it. Don't waste calories
- Look at every bite of food before you eat it; that provides a mental connection to how much you are actually eating.
With a little bit of discipline and some planning, you can get through the holidays. Remember, moderation is the key.
HOLIDAY CALORIE COUNTER
Favorite Food Item - Calories
Cranberry Sauce ( 1/2 - inch slice) - 86
Deviled Egg - 141
Greens (with Hamhocks) - 200
Spinach Dip (2 oz.) - 246
Pound Cake (1/16 of cake) - 250
Mashed Potatoes (with gravy) - 254
Eggnog (cup) - 304
Baked Ham (4 0z.) - 307
Roast Turkey (dark and light with skin) - 344
Macoroni and Cheese - 350
Chitterlings (Cup) - 398 - 614 (depending upon preparation)
Buffalo Wings (8 oz.) - 513
Cornbread Dressing - 541
Sweet Potato Pie - 548
I have just added the calories of each item I KNOW will be on the menu that I plan to eat. One plate adds up to... 2,539 calories. Wow! I will have to compromise something.
This is the most dangerous time for gaining more weight. I hate to rain on your parade and time of festivities. As African Americans, being overweight is a major concern because it is a contributor of diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some forms of cancer. So, take some simple steps towards eating right this season. Be careful with that Sweet Potato Pie!! Also those Chitterlings (Doc. Spoon & Me).
Have a Happy, Merry, Safe, and THANKFUL good Time.
Umm, I'm hungry now, think I'll get something to eat.