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Tips for surviving your Thanksgiving feast

Published: Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 - 4:34 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 - 10:25 am

We talked to Dr. Steve Friend, over at the U.S. HealthWorks clinic in West Sacramento, about how to do Thanksgiving without overdoing the feast.

Not surprisingly, Dr. Friend suggests we balance out our meal with a little exercise:

Push yourself away from the table.

Lift plenty of glasses of water all day.

Walk it off when all is said and done.

Turns out, if you count all the snacking, the feast, the desserts, the seconds (the thirds?), you may be looking at taking in 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day. That’s at least twice as much as an average sized, active adult needs. Just the Thanksgiving dinner alone generally weighs in at 3,000 calories, studies show.

The doctor said drinking eight to 10 glasses of water a day, especially on Thanksgiving, can cut down on dehydration and will fill you up so you don’t pack in too much food. If you do plan on over-indulging, Dr. Friend says simply: “That’s not a good idea. We are blessed to be in America, where we have an abundance of food. But we can make healthy choices.”

Speaking of healthy choices, Dr. Friend, a vegetarian, says his Thanksgiving dinner will include Tofurky, a soy-based tofu product, and his favorite vegetable, green beans.

About Healthy Choices

Cynthia CraftCynthia H. Craft began her reporting and editing career in Columbus, Ohio, after graduating from Ohio State University. She worked at a Dallas, Texas, newspaper as an editor, and then at the Los Angeles Times, as an editor and Capitol Bureau correspondent. After working as editor in chief at the California Journal, Craft went to Lima, Peru, for three years as a visiting professor of journalism at Peruana Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas. She was a fellow in 2012 at the National Library for Medicine in Washington, D.C. at the National Institute for Health. She's currently The Sacramento Bee's senior writer on health, a position made possible by a grant from The California Endowment.

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