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Tips to prevent a holiday food coma
Posted Nov.21, 2008
Are you worried about the couple of pounds you may gain on Thanksgiving Day? Are you worried about the second helping of mashed potatoes that may be living on your hips for the next couple of weeks? Are you worried about not being able to zip up your jeans the day after. I am a little worried too.
I am more worried about finding myself lying in the middle of the living room floor in dire pain ready for combustion and dying from a food coma with Snoopy the dog licking my face. I can already see the second serving of blueberry and boysenberry cherry pie dripping from my mouth.
As has happened so many times in the past, my sister and I will taste everything twice while cooking Thanksgiving dinner and then proceed to make large plates for ourselves to taste it all over again.
My sister usually will wear her tightest jeans to remind her not to eat so much, but it never really works, especially after a couple of servings of pie.
I don’t want to ruin your big eating day on Thanksgiving, but I thought some of these tips may be helpful in cutting back just a bit.
There are a few small things you can do like removing visible fat and skipping the skin and dark part of the meat, which will save you big on calories and fat. I always say portion control. One portion should be no bigger than a deck of cards.
You can always substitute traditional stuffing made with butter and fatty sausage for a healthier choice such as chopped vegetables and turkey.
I don’t like sweet potatoes, but if you do, remember they are naturally creamy, so little fat needs to be added; skip the butter if you can.
The harder one for me is the good old mashed potatoes and gravy. I could just sit with this dish and be happy, especially the gravy my mom makes that is loaded with turkey fat and lard. I also love the butter cream sauce and added salt that make mashed potatoes what they are. I know this is not a healthy choice, but it tastes so good. A more healthy alternative to my dream mashed potatoes dish is to use non-fat buttermilk as opposed to butter or cream.
Green bean casserole is a staple food on Thanksgiving. I know we always have it at our house, and no one ever eats it. But if someone has an urge to make this in your household, just make sure they avoid the fried onions and high-fat cream soup that is usually added to this recipe.
Denying the delights of pie would be a sin on Thanksgiving. Good news: pumpkin pie has only 180 calories without the crust so at least you can have seconds.
I know some of you have already started starving yourself days before Thanksgiving to give yourself some room, but it does not work that way. Sorry, I know I try it every year. I always grab a smaller dinner plate because if it doesn’t fit, I am not likely to add it.
Also, after the big dinner, be active and go for a bike ride, take a walk with grandma, chase your little cousins around the house or go to the gym.
Well, I know I will try to follow some of these tips, but just thinking about pie is destroying my will power. So if you decide to go to the gym after dinner, don’t call me because I will probably be in a food coma and stuck in a pair of my sister’s tight jeans. I can’t wait.
Jennifer Kitzmann, a senior journalism major, is LV Life editor of the Campus Times. She can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.