What is on your Thanksgiving Plate?

I have written blogs about how unhealthy the Holidays can be to our bodies…and our waistlines.  Starting at Halloween and continuing through the New Year, the average american can gain 5-7 pounds, BUT….you don’t want to be average, Right?!?

So this year I decided to go a different route.  I want you to look at your plate differently.  First, let me tell you that I am not here to tell you to eat lettuce and raw veggies for Thanksgiving…unless that is what you want.  I am here to tell you to enjoy your mom’s home-cooking, but do is SMARTER!

1.  When the appetizers are out – Take a small plate and fill it with a variety of snacks and WALK AWAY!  DON’T GRAZE!  If your crazy uncle traps you in front of the cheeseball talking about his gout flareup, shift the conversation to the couch and move away from the temptation.

2.  What is on your Thanksgiving plate??

(I decided to go on a typical dinner plate I see in my family.  We want to try everything…)

  • 1 drumstick (dark meat) with skin ~ 200cal
  • 4 oz turkey breast ~ 170cal
  • 1/2 cup stuffing ~ 350-500cal (remember the good stuff cooked in the turkey will be higher)
  • 1/2 cup sweet potato casserole ~ 250cal
  • 1 cup green bean casserole ~200cal
  • 1 cup mashed potatoes ~200cal
  • 1 dinner roll ~ 100cal
  • 4 tbsp gravy ~ 30cal
  • 1/2 in canned cranberry sauce ~ 80cal
  • 1 tsp butter ~ 30cal

Dessert Choices

  • Slice of pecan pie ~ 500cal
    Slice of apple pie ~ 400cal
    Slice of pumpkin pie ~ 350cal
  • 2 tbsp whipped cream ~ 20cal

TOTAL ~ 2000cal  (Without Alcohol)

SCARY STATISTIC…..The Average American consumes 4500cal in one meal!!!!  (That is two times the caloric intake for the day!)

Take this information and educate your self ahead of time so that your stomach doesn’t make the decisions for you!

3.  What Can You do?

  • Be sure your start Thanksgiving Day with exercise!
  • It is hard if others are doing the cooking, so choose smarter when serving yourself
  • Take smaller portions
  • Offer to share a slice of pie with a family member
  • Get up and offer to do the dishes so you won’t nibble more
  • Don’t be the President of the Clean Plate Club!


About strengthinmoms

I am the proud mom of two beautiful boys.  During my first pregnancy I exercised somewhat but didn’t know how to adjust to my changing body.  Eventually I just stopped and let my pregnancy take over because I thought the aches and pains were telling me to stop.  When I found out I was pregnant with my second child, I was told I needed to stop teaching cardio kickboxing and go easy during bootcamp.  I was very frustrated and confused.  I was pregnant, not injured?!  So I did my research and found out that I was right - I CAN do all of the things I was doing!  I just needed to be in tune with my body and listen to it.  I maintained my fitness levels, my core and total body strength and my relaxed state of mind.  I knew that being a mom did not mean letting go of who I am - a Strong and Fit Woman.  I deserved an hour a day to focus on my mind & body and ultimately my baby and family as well. * My passion in life is to help moms get fit and maintain their strength throughout their pregnancy and beyond.  * I am the owner of Strength in Moms - Prenatal & Postpartum Personal Training in Atlanta, GA
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2 Responses to What is on your Thanksgiving Plate?

  1. Tish says:

    I am running the Gobble Jog 10K in Marietta this year so I don’t feel so sick after eating! I LOVE to eat, but exercising boosts my metabolism and I feel helps with the digestion during the holidays 🙂 🙂

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