Turkey Without the “Stuffing”

Simple tips to have your turkey and pie and eat it too this Thanksgiving!

By Dean Ornish | MD from Reader's Digest | November 2007

Indulging a little on Thanksgiving makes it easier to get back on track the next day. The same strategies that help control overeating work even better the day after, when there’s less social pressure to go overboard. Start by stepping on the scale. If you’ve gained weight, that can motivate you to avoid devouring a fridge full of leftovers. More ideas:

  • At breakfast, instead of eating a doughnut, try a bowl of whole-grain cereal or oatmeal with fruit and nonfat milk.
  • Instead of butter or cream cheese on your toast or bagel, try a little unsweetened fruit jam.
  • Put leftover vegetables in your blender, heat and — voilà — soup!
  • Get out of the kitchen and go shopping. Black Friday is one of the best shopping days of the year. Do a few laps around the mall before you begin and bring fruit to snack on.
  • Exercise more. Many people don’t have to work the day after Thanksgiving, so it’s easier to schedule a long walk or sign up for a “Turkey Blast” fitness walk or class at the gym. If nothing else, take the stairs instead of the elevator, and park farther away from your destination.

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