AMA Gives Healthy Tips to Follow on Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is a time for family get-togethers and great food. However, by the end of the day some people are either comfortably sleeping or are so full that they can’t even move. In order to reduce the amount of food and alcohol people stuff themselves with, the American Medical Association (AMA) has offered some tips in order to enjoy the holiday season.
"Thanksgiving is the gateway to the holiday season, when many people ingest lots of calories in food and beverages and don't get enough physical activity to burn those extra calories," said J. James Rohack, M.D., AMA president-elect. "By making a plan early to maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout the season, you can enjoy yourself without having to pay for it in the new year."
The AMA has offered these tips for use in holiday cooking:
- Use fat-free and low-sodium broths in soups and stews.
- Replace the sour cream in dips with low-fat or nonfat sour cream or yogurt.
- Add a green vegetable to every meal, like broccoli in your omelet, spinach on your sandwich and green beans on your dinner plate. It's a great way to sneak extra vitamins into your diet.
"Thanksgiving isn't usually a calorie-conscious holiday, but by swapping out a few ingredients with healthier alternatives, you can really help reduce calorie and fat intake while keeping great flavor," said Dr. Rohack.
They also offer tips on what to do so you don’t succumb to your cravings and eat everything in sight:
- Don't linger near the appetizers. It makes it too easy to mindlessly eat while chatting with friends.
- Limit your desserts. Take just a taste instead of a full serving.
- Drink alcohol in moderation. Not only are alcoholic beverages full of empty calories and sugar, but drinking may lower inhibitions and cause you to eat foods you otherwise wouldn't.
- Fill your plate with fruits and veggies, instead of fried foods and creamy dips.
- Take a walk. It's a great way to catch-up with family and friends while getting exercise.
"Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season is a great time to connect with family and friends and start planning for the new year ahead," said Dr. Rohack. "By making wise food and drink choices and getting regular exercise, you can keep yourself happy and healthy all season long."
Source: AMA Healthier Life Steps