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Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28 in observance of



turkey day pic


All of us at WellAmerica would like to wish you and your family a

VERY HAPPY Thanksgiving!!







Ilene’s Healthy Tips for November 17 – 21, 2014

It’s reported that the average American gains between 7 and 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Here are some tips to use at Thanksgiving, or any holiday meal, to make smarter and healthier choices:

Ilene Yalen, MSRD WellAmerica 2014

Ilene Yalen, MSRD
WellAmerica 2014

  1. Take a small scoop of cranberry or sugary sauces. They can have upwards of 300 calories per half cup!
  2. Remove the skin. While turkey skin adds great flavor, it contains loads of extra fat calories.
  3. Go light on the gravy. Gravy is usually loaded with excess fat, calories and sodium.
  4. Snack before dinner. This will help prevent overeating at your holiday meal.
  5. Opt for healthy sides. Instead of going for buttery, cheesy or creamy sides, go for vegetable based sides. Like the recipes below!
  6. Save your calories for the dinner. Skip the appetizers- they’re not filling and usually loaded with excessive fat calories.
  7. Drink lots of water. Water helps hydrate you and rids the body of excess sodium- and is a much wiser choice than eggnog.
  8. Slow down while eating and wait 15 minutes before going back for seconds. Use this time to socialize with family and friends; you may realize you don’t need the second serving.
  9. Have a few bites of dessert. If you have room, just take a few bites of the dessert options. It will often satisfy your sweet tooth. Remember, you can always take the dessert home with you.
  10. Don’t feel guilty. Thanksgiving only comes once a year, and if you eat too much – so be it. Be more concerned about consuming excess empty calories every day, and don’t focus as much on just one day.  Besides, if you feel guilty, it may manifest itself in additional overeating!

As we give thanks for our family, friends, health, and all that we have, remember to express gratitude to your body for all that it does by making decisions that honor your body.  Perhaps Thanksgiving can mark a renewed commitment to your body’s health and to family dinners.  May you all have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.