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November 28, 2011 at 7:29 AMComments: 3 Faves: 0

Feeling STUFFED? 10 Diet Tips To Get You Back on Track

By Jessica Corwin MPH RDN More Blogs by This Author

Still full from last Thursday’s holiday feast?

Your recent indulgence may have you feeling uncomfortable. Time for a good week (or more!) of healthy eating!

Resistance is especially important this time of year. We 'll be in the thick of holiday eating for the next five weeks – a time when the average American gains a pound in holiday weight!

Why not nip that weight gain in the bud right now?!

Here are 10 tips for a nutritious week:

  1. Hydrate. Many of the Thanksgiving treats decorating the holiday table are loaded with salt (basted and seasoned turkey, scalloped corn, stuffing, green bean casserole…) and while sodium’s antagonist (potassium) was also present in the mashed potatoes, the amount of  sodium may not be enough to counteract the deyhydrating effects. Fill up your water bottle and enjoy! 
  2. Get back in touch with MyPlate and fill half of your plate with fruits and veggies.
  3. If coffee is your cup of tea... Not only will this Starbucks app allow you to pay with your iPhone or iPad, it will also help you find the healthiest drink for you as you calculate the nutrition in your customized coffee. Caffeine (in moderation) may also help to boost your metabolism!
  4. Use your leftover lean turkey breast to make a simple turkey sandwich with a spread of light mayo, mustard, fresh spinach leaves, and perhaps a pickle or two all on one or two slices of whole grain bread. Click here for my favorite whole grain bread that is just the opposite of what whole-grain haters may expect! 
  5. Re-train your tummy. After packing your stomach full for the holiday, its stretch receptors start to lose their ability to send the “I’m full” signal to your brain when you are, well, full. Try eating small, frequent meals or help trick your stomach by packing it with low-calorie, nutrient-rich fruits and veggies.  
  6. Spread the love (and calories)! If Aunt Sally sent all of her holiday treats home with you, bring them with you when you head into the office today. Not everyone may have been as blessed with leftover goods as you were, and a divided portion will be much easier on the hips.
  7. Maximize your metabolism and get moving to burn off some of those holiday calories. If you burn an extra 500 calories every day this week you will have used up enough calories to work off one-pound of body weight!
  8. Try a Thanksgiving Turkey Wrap. If you happen to be still craving that tasty stuffing flavor, try this unique, light wrap for tomorrow’s lunch! 
  9. Detox. Experiment with the Eating Well recipes offered in this 1500 calorie detox plan.
  10. Forgive and Forget. Finally, remember that Thanksgiving is simply one day and a special one at that. Today is a new day, providing you with a fresh start on your healthy eating goals. No regrets.

Hope you enjoyed a fantastic holiday!


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  • Thanks again, Jessica for a great blog!

    I need to work on #7, and get moving! :)

    Luke and I used our leftover turkey breast, potatoes, and other goodies for our 2-day trip up north. We grabbed leftovers and ate those instead of dining out every night. It not only saved a lot of money, but since we spread it out over the course of two days....our calorie intake wasn't too high either. :)

  • As Bri has stated thanks again for a wonderful blog! I know that after this weekend I am working on getting back in the swing of working out and with less food intake....Thanks again!

  • Great work, Bri! And I love to hear your motivation, Julie! We all could use more of that!

    My husband and I also received plenty of leftovers, Julie. Thankfully we were able to spread it out over multiple meals ourselves while balancing the richer sides with a healthy serving of roasted veggies to go along with it. Yum!

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