Quick Tips for a Trimmer Thanksgiving

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Thanksgiving is a time for family, gratitude, and, of course, food. According to the Calorie Control Council, the average American eats more than 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat on Thanksgiving Day.  This includes nearly 1,500 calories consumed from appetizers, chips and dip, and drinks before sitting down to the dinner table for the annual feast.
If you're trying to lead a healthier lifestyle during this time of year, those statistics can be a little hard to swallow.  But don't panic! We have plenty of holiday survival strategies to keep you on track with your health goals.  Here are some useful tips and ideas to help you enjoy a full Thanksgiving that's trim--but not missing any of the trimmings.

Need quick tips to slash calories and fat from your feast? These articles should do the trick: 

21 Ways to Slim Down Your Thanksgiving Feast 

8 Ways to Trim the Fat (and Extra Calories) from Thanksgiving Dinner

Want healthy Thanksgiving recipe ideas? We've got you covered:

Chef Meg's Decadent, Delicious (and Healthy!) Thanksgiving Menus

SparkPeople's 500-Calorie Thanksgiving Feast

A Dozen Trim Thanksgiving Recipes

Veg-Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

Thanksgiving Desserts from SparkRecipes

Up to your elbows in leftovers? Try these 7 Healthy Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers.

Need some holiday exercise inspiration? Get moving with the Turkey Burner Workout.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Now that you’re armed and ready, you can look forward to your time with friends, family, and food, without losing your diet momentum.

What will you do differently this year to trim down your Thanksgiving?

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EVILCECIL 4/6/2018
Good article. Report
ROCKS8ROX 11/3/2017
Just in the nick of time! Thanks! Report
normally I run an 8K Thanksgiving morning, but I broke my toe and won't be joining the fun this year. Report
My big problem at Thanksgiving is portion control. There are so many good things to eat that even if I just take a little of each, it adds up to a lot. This year I am aiming for "comfortable" at the end of the meal insteadl of "full to bursting." Report
One strategy I've adopted is to leave most of the pie crust. a long time ago, I learned that many of the calories in pie are in the crust. So, I tend to eat the insides and part, but not all of the crust. you gotta live a little dangerously now and then. eh-hem.

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