Healthy Choices

Tips for surviving your Thanksgiving feast

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.