So while the typical Thanksgiving meal taker consumes 2000 – 30000 calories on this one day . . . yes, that’s at least twice as much as a normal caloric day should be. . . there are a few things to know in preparation for the big day, so here goes. . .
Here is a list of the damage you will likely do and some ways to undo the damage!
So, Go Ahead, Enjoy Your Holiday Treats
* Note: The calories burned are estimates based on a 150-pound woman. What you burn depends on your height, weight, and how vigorously you work out.
1. A SLICE OF PECAN PIE – 500 CALORIES
I make my Grandmother’s recipe as it is my husband’s favorite and it is not complete without the scoop of real whipped cream on the side. . . My tip . . . save the pie for later. I eat it as my dinner that night!
Burn it off this way: Run, run and run some more!! Or, walk 5 miles to get it off!
2. Sweet Potates – 200 Calories
My sweet potatoes are not quite as healthy as the normal sweet potatoes I eat, mine have brown sugar and pecans (but no marshmellows!) so I likely eat more that 200 calories if I have seconds!
Burn it off this way: Take an afternoon holiday hike or at least a walk with some good hills! A 45 minute walk with hills can burn 250 calories or add some stairs, climbing stairs for 5 minutes burns 50 calories. So there, those sweet potatoes never happened!
3. Stuffing, or dressing, as we call is down South – 105 Calories
I have to confess, this is one of my least favorite sides, so sometimes I just pass it by. Why waste the calories if you don’t love it? But, for those of you who love your dressing. . .
Burn if off this way: 30 minutes on the stair stepper at the gym, or WRAP presents for one hour and burn 120 calories! (That assumes you have been really early on the next Holiday preparations)
4. A Cup of Eggnog – 400 CALORIES
I have to confess this is one of my favorites, but I have to have the lightened version. I just can’t rationalize this many calories on a beverage! Plus, I don’t start downing these until the calendar flips to December
Burn it off this way: If you live where it’s available, ice skating is the perfect calorie burner! If not, I’m saying you need a good spin class to torch this many calories!
4. Honey-Roasted Ham – 3.5 oz. 122 Calories
This is another item, like turkey itself, I am known to pass on. I can eat ham any time! So, I tend to save it for a sandwich the day after the big feast.
Burn it off this way: Jog for an hour and burn about 500 calories, that’s perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas day! Get it in early, before you start indulging and you will be free to enjoy!
5. Hot Chocolate – 150 CALORIES
This is a timeless treat that is good on any chilly afternoon or evening.
Burn it off this way: Get outside and play basketball or tag football! You’ll burn it off without even thinking about it!
6. Cranberry Sauce – 1/4 cup 100 Calories
This is a yummy healthy side. No guilt here.
Burn it off this way: Take a walk around the block. Your tight pants will thank you!
7. Two Sugar Cookies – 200 CALORIES
I have to confess that cookies are my favorite, and my downfall.
Burn it off this way: 20 minutes on the elliptical machine at a good resistance will do the trick.
8. Broccoli Casserole – 1/2 Cup 130 CALORIES
This is one of my very favorite sides! I can’t have a Thanksgiving meal without it and I can’t not have 2 helpings!
Burn it off this way: Some type of cardio; jumping rope, stationary bike, elliptical trainer, running
9. Pumpkin Pie – 250 CALORIES
Burn it off this way: GO SHOPPING! Park farther away in the parking lot and carry lots of bags!
There you have it. Now, you can’t say that you had NO idea you were eating so many calories! That being said, ENJOY but be picky! Don’t eat it if you don’t love it!
But mostly be THANKFUL! You have wonderful food on the table and you have this amazing body that can get out and move around after enjoying it!