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What I'm Thankful For

Posted on 11/22/2011

In just two days, as we sit down for Thanksgiving dinner with our families and friends I am reminded about all that Im thankful for this year. I am very fortunate to have plenty of people in my life that love and care about methat makes me thankful this year. I feel truly blessed.

My husband, Kelly, and I will be going to dinner at our daughter Sarah's house this year. She and her husband, Bob, are such wonderful hosts and always welcome us with open arms. Actually, all five of our children do for that matter. We also had an invitation to go to our daughter Ruth's house in Indiana, but she lives further away and we decided since only one of her three daughters will be home this year to go to Sarah's house instead.

Regardless of where we go, we know we'll have a great time and be surrounded by family and good times. We are so lucky to have such great kids, and they all married well, we love their spouses like our own kids. In fact, we consider them as our own.

These gatherings are especially sweet, since we often get to see our grandchildren who are spread out all over the country.  We relish catching up with them and finding out what's going on their lives. We are a tight-knit family and enjoy each other's company.

Good times don't have to mean over-eating and regrets. Gatherings are about the people, not the food. We should eat to nourish our bodies not destroy our bodies. So much can be prevented and alleviated through food choices we make.

Moderation and choosing healthy food options is key for every day, including holidays such as Thanksgiving.

Here are a few helpful tips to help guide you this week and throughout the holiday season:

Drink water before, during and after. Proper hydration will alleviate overeating. Often one believes they are hungry when in doubt only thirsty.

Choose healthy appetizers options such as raw vegetables and skip the dips. They add unnecessary calories, fat, cholesterol and sodium. Fresh fruits can also be served as an appetizer.

Eat fresh salads before your main course with a variety of vegetables. Use vinaigrette dressings lightly or just some extra virgin olive oil, lemon and pepper. Not only will you increase your fiber consumption this way, but you'll also increase your vegetable intake that is always a good.

Use smaller plates, such as salad/appetizer plates for main courses. This allows for an undistorted view of portions. There's less chance of "portion distortion" if eating on a "small plate."

Choose a variety of colors of vegetables with little or no heavy sauces for your main course.

Consume healthy, whole grains and eat only one serving.

Eat healthy, lean protein such as turkey breast (without the skin), skinless chicken breast or fish roasted, broiled, grilled or steamed. For vegetarians, tofu, legumes and other non-meat, lean protein sources. The protein serving size should be no larger than a deck of cards for an adult. Children's portions should not be larger than their fists.

If you choose to have a dessert this Thanksgiving, choose wisely such as pumpkin pie, fresh fruit, sorbet or a fruit tart.

Get plenty of exercise, such as walking. Walking is a great way to burn off extra calories you may consume during the holiday season.

Although I believe, "Nobody ever died of lack of sleep!" I do believe that rest and sleep is an important component in overall good health.


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Before you hoist a fork to your mouth this Thanksgiving, remember that Type II Diabetes is acquired by being overweight or obese and lack of exercise. With obesity numbers soaring in this country, it's no surprise this preventable disease and all its associated side effects are plaguing our great country. Make healthy choices this Thanksgiving, as well as year 'round. November is American Diabetes Month. To learn more about how you can prevent Type II Diabetes and improve your life if you have the disease, visit diabetes.org.

 

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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