Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving

For some, the thought of creating an elaborate Thanksgiving dinner and hosting fifty people is too much to bear. For people like this, the restaurant option sounds great! There are many locations around Palm Desert, CA offering special thanksgiving dinners. If you want to avoid the fuss and the dishes, check out Sullivan’s Steakhouse or Wally’s Desert Turtle this season.

Whether you eat at home or enjoy fine dining out, we have a few tips that will help you avoid the day-after guilty blues and the weight gain. If you are going to have a big dinner, start the day with a good breakfast. It is common to “save up” calories for the big event but your metabolism suffers if you do not eat all day, and then you may be tempted to overindulge when you do sit down to eat. It is also wise to monitor your portions carefully. Set a goal that you will not go back for seconds, so choose carefully for your first plate. Go for holiday choices that you don’t get all year round and take small amounts of other favorites. If you are faced with a buffet of choices, stick with white meat that has less fat, go easy on the gravies and sauces, and skip the candied casseroles and rolls.

When cooking at home, there are easy substitutions you can make that don’t impact flavor. Use fat free broths, sugar substitutes and swap out plain yogurt and fat free sour cream in dips and mashed potatoes. If you have a condition such as diabetes, it is even more important to monitor your food choices. You can still have fun and enjoy food, but there is a way to stay healthy while you do it.

There are some conditions that can be triggered by a food overload. During this holiday season, if you are having any foot pain or problems, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Harvey Danciger for information or treatment. Make an appointment at our office in Palm Desert, CA by calling (760) 568-0108.

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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle
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