How to make turkey day a healthy one

2011-11-18 / Health & Wellness
Guest Opinion

As you prepare your Thanksgiving dinner menu this year, I challenge you to make more healthy options. Your family will not miss the fat or extra calories. Remember, it’s a day to give thanks and celebrate family—not to enter into a food coma.

Here are some tips to making the holiday healthier.

•Wake up and exercise first thing. Burn some calories before you even start your day.

Eat a healthy breakfast with a protein like eggs, fruit and some greens. A spinach and egg scramble is great.

•Prepare steamed veggies, salads, lighter healthier side dishes. You can cut the fat by using red potatoes with olive oil and rosemary. It’s delicious.

•Whatever meat you decide to use in your family feast, make sure it is hormone and antibiotic free. It is worth it to spend the extra money to pre-order your meat at your healthy grocery store.

•Dessert is my favorite part of any meal. Add a healthy organic fruit pie, coconut ice cream, or a gluten-free dessert. Many of these are ready made or easy to make.

Give yourself options that will help you and your family to stay healthy this Thanksgiving.

•The final tip to avoiding a food coma is to give your leftovers away. Send plates home with all your guests. They will love it and you will get rid of the temptations that would allow you to overeat for the next week.

I know it’s all about the leftover turkey sandwiches, so save the turkey, but let go of the sugar and fat.

— Angie Welikala

Welikala is a chiropractor and part-owner of Care Dental, a Moorpark-based dental office, with her husband, dentist Mac Welikala. Angie Welikala practices at World of Wellness in Simi Valley.

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