Hey guys - ever wonder what Area Fitness members do when they are not working out with you? Well, this member marches in the Toronto Santa Claus Parade! This was my second year in a row - I was a turkey last year (hold the turkey jokes, please!). I was a bumble bee this year (pic attached). I had a blast both times!
Wellthe leaves have started to turn, and it is undeniable now that fall isunderway. I love this time of year, the crispness in the air, the nature’sbeautiful colours on display, and most of all the wonderful harvest bounty ofseasonal and local produce that is right out our front door.
Thanksgivingis the celebration for all this plenty, but when it comes to our plates, toooften the lines between gratitude and glutton get a little blurred.Overindulgence on calories, carbs, sugar, and alcohol, leave a lot of us withdistended bellies, and with what that now come to be affectionately known as a“food hangover”.
Didyou know the traditional Thanksgiving meal can be one of the healthiest andmost satisfying meals out there with a few small tweaks and a little portioncontrol! Here are some tips for making this Thanksgiving a healthy & happyone – something we should all be thankful for!
Plan ahead: I don’t just mean whatyou are going to eat at dinner; I mean what you eat throughout the day. If youstarve yourself in preparation for the big meal you will undoubtedly setyourself up for over-indulgence. Your body isn’t designed to digest largequantities of food at one time, which can leave you with more than a littledigestive upset. Eat lightly throughout the day to keep your blood sugarsbalanced, and your hormones in checked – both which will help you with portioncontrol and good food decision making skills come dinner time.
Bulk Up On Veggies: this is a holiday afterall to celebrate the harvest! Veggies are great to pile your plate with astheir fibre fills you up faster than empty carbs and sugary sweets. If you arein charge of the menu check out Ontario’s SeasonalFood Guide, or hit up a local farmer’s market for some culinaryinspiration. With so many fruits and veggies to choose from there is no excusenot to have a healthy, nourishing feast!
Eat Slowly: This is a meal to besavoured so don’t rush through it!! It takes about 20 minutes for your belly totell your brain it has had enough. Put your fork down between bites, enjoy thecompany you are with and savour every moment of deliciousness… this isn’t your averageMonday night dinner.
Love thy Turkey: We all know that turkeyis a great protein source, but did you know that by choosing a fresh,free-range, healthy happy bird, you get one that is better tasting too. Yes the25lbs frozen bird maybe the only way to go for some, but if you can swing thefresh variety you can save yourself time (it cooks faster) and gravy (theflavour is amazing!).
Sip Up: this is a holiday, and what wouldone be without a little indulgence? Whatever your libation of choice, skip thecoolers or drinks mixed with pop or juice, and sip on wine, or beer. Thesenatural beverages have the added benefit of vitamins, minerals, andantioxidants, and are lower in sugars than most of their mixed drinkcounter-parts. Remember to stay hydrated with lots of water in between beviesand always have a little something to nosh on while sipping. Not a drinker? Aimfor a post-dinner peppermint tea. This will not only help to satisfy anylingering sweet tooth but will aid in digestion keeping any tummy troubles atbay.