What holiday doesn’t involve food?  Well, this Thursday is a MAJOR food holiday and with it the potential to really undo any healthy eating plan you’ve diligently devoted yourself to.  There are, however, some simple “swaps” for the common dishes of the Thanksgiving meal that aren’t too difficult to make and still taste delicious.  With a little bit of preparation and some creativity you can lessen the fat and calories you consume and still enjoy all the flavor and variety.

Here are some simple trade-offs to aid in the swap:

Swap This…                                                    For This…

Dark Meat Turkey (fried w/skin)                    White Meat Turkey (baked, skinless)

Traditional Cornbread Stuffing                       Seasoned Bread Stuffing (w/lighter bread & broth)

Sweet Potatoes (w/marshmallows)                Baked Sweet Potatoes (w/pecans)

Green Bean Casserole (w/cream soup)         Sautéed Green Beans (w/fried onions)

Mashed Potatoes (w/heavy dairy)                  “Light” Mash Potatoes (w/lt. dairy & Greek yogurt)

Pre-Made Cranberry Sauce (canned, etc.)     Fresh Cranberry Sauce (w/O.J., zest & min. sugar)

White Dinner Rolls                                          Whole-Wheat Rolls (or rye bread)

Pecan Pie (w/whipped cream)                       Pumpkin Pie (very minimal/no whipped cream)

Wine (red, white, blush, etc.)                         Wine Spritzer (make 1/3 of the glass club soda)

Eggnog (even “light” varieties)                     Cider (seasoned apple juice…beware of sugars)

These are just a few suggestions to help you keep with your commitment to healthy eating and not overloading unnecessarily.  You can always just have different food selections all together (Brussels sprouts for green beans, mashed cauliflower for potatoes, no stuffing, no rolls, no dessert, water only, etc.) but if you don’t wish to go that extreme I hope the above list helps make things a bit healthier.

As always, portion control is crucial and drinking plenty of water can help with overeating.  Remember to not drink too many calories (soda, juice, or alcohol) and be aware of any appetizers (chips, dips, finger foods, etc.) that add to the calorie count.  Also, watch out for sauces, toppings, and gravies that can easily derail your best efforts in other areas.

If you have any questions or need more suggestions please contact our Support Department either by phone at 1-877-744-1224 or by email at support@creativebioscience.com for assistance.

 

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Pre-Thanksgiving “Cleanse”

by Michelle on November 17, 2017

With Thanksgiving less than a week away, many wonder how to prevent the inevitable over-eating and subsequent guilt over a ruined diet.  There is really no way to avoid the overload unless you are VERY disciplined and just don’t eat too much to begin with, but there is a way to lessen the damage with a little bit of preparation.

Many advocate for a “cleanse” of various types to get rid of toxins in the body as a way of counteracting any damage done by eating poorly.  This is usually done AFTER a slip-up and with the aid of various products, but there is an easier way to deal with the holiday “stuff” that you can do BEFORE the big event.  This can help your intestines, liver, and kidneys all function better and keep things running smoothly.

Here are some suggestions to do a 3-4 day “Pre-Thanksgiving Cleanse” of your body by eating healthy and hopefully allowing you to enjoy the holiday while not having too much of a diet derailment:

Our diet is a good example of what to eat:  http://creativebioscience.com/1234-diet-protocol

  1. Skip the calorie-laden and fatty beverages like alcohol, beer, soda, lattes, ciders, etc. and opt for water (still or sparkling), tea, and black coffee. Many wasted calories come from poor beverage choices.  Even “sugar free” options present a problem since artificial sweeteners can cause cravings for more sugar.
  2. Cook at home more and avoid eating out or picking up take-out. This way you have complete control over not only the foods you eat but also how they’re prepared.
  3. Avoid processed foods. The sodium content is usually very high leading to bloating and many times the fat content is high as well.
  4. Load up on fruits (apples, blueberries, strawberries), lean proteins (chicken, fish), and low starch vegetables since they’re nutrient dense and many are low in calories for the serving size. Watch out for the starchy ones (potatoes, corn, peas, beans, squash, etc.) and instead try low carb selections like various lettuces, spinach, cucumber, tomato, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, and green beans.
  5. Avoid most grains (especially white flour), pasta, and rice.
  6. Get a bit more exercise to burn through some stored fat and help your digestive system work more efficiently. This is a good idea in general and especially after eating a large meal.
  7. Try having some Warm Lemon Water first thing each morning (6-8 oz. warm water + juice ½ lemon) on an empty stomach. This gets the digestive system working well along with aiding the liver and kidneys in the detoxification process.

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