Stuff the turkey, not yourself!

 
Thanksgiving kicks off the start of the holiday season. For too many people that means overindulging. When did enjoying a good time come to mean binging? According to fitness guru Croix Sather it doesn’t have to be that away.
 
Croix Sather should know. He is a certified holistic fitness trainer and the author of BetterBody BetterLife. Sather gained notoriety for running across America in 100 days and for a 146-mile run through Death Valley while pushing a 270-pound cart.  
 
Here are his tips for enjoying, but not overindulging:
 
Portion size is key
You can enjoy turkey (white meat is healthier), stuffing, and all the foods that come with Thanksgiving, but know how to ration them on your plate. Ideally, you should have three fist-sized servings on your plate: one for protein (turkey); one for carbohydrates (stuffing); and one of veggies (sweet potato or green beans).
 
Eat breakfast
Skipping a meal to “save” your calories so you can eat more at dinner is a bad idea. Not only will you be starving your body of calories needed for energy, you’ll actually eat more erratically at the big meal to soothe your hunger. 
 
Save leftovers for the next day
Remember that it takes 20 minutes for your stomach to let your brain know that you’ve had enough, so if you’re thinking about eating more, wait at least 20 minutes and then re-evaluate the situation.
 
Make time for exercise
Although you might find yourself extra busy this time of year, you’re also probably more stressed. Exercise shouldn’t be neglected this time of year. Even 20 minutes a day of walking or some physical activity is good for you, physically and mentally.
 
Switch out the products
If you’re involved in preparing the food, use products lower in calorie, fat, and sugar. Use healthier substitutes for such ingredients as oil and butter; use evaporated skim milk instead of heavy cream, and plain fat-free yogurt instead of sour cream.     
 
Drink plenty of water
It will keep you feeling full and boost your metabolism.    
 
Stay out of the kitchen and dining room
Make the center of your Thanksgiving holiday the living room or outside in the fresh air. Enter the kitchen only to cook and the dining room when it’s time to eat.
 
 
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