Let the Food Coma Begin!

Liz Fogle

I love the Holiday Season! I love celebrating Thanksgiving, the birth of Jesus with my family, the decorations, the food, the time with friends, the food, the music, the food, the giving of gifts, and did I mention the food!

While I love the food, I don’t like the extra pounds it adds! Over the last 2 years, I have worked incredibly hard to lose 50 pounds. I wish my journey was an overnight experience, but it hasn’t been. It has taken hard work, discipline, and learning to say “no” to over indulgence. I don’t know about you but, I find the holidays a time of extreme over indulgence (especially when it comes to food). I feel like food is everywhere. Someone is always bringing in treats to work, or bringing extra goodies to school, and let’s not forget all of the holiday parties! I feel like I am in a food coma from Halloween to The New Year.

With this being said, I decided to look up some of the calorie counts to my favorite holiday items. I know this is dangerous, but I think it is important. I want to know how much something might set me back on my weight loss journey! I also, wanted to see if there were any other alternatives to some of my favorite treats.

6 oz. dark turkey meat- 450 calories
1 cup of homemade stuffing- 400 calories
2 rolls with butter- 300 calories
1 cup of mashed potatoes – 300 calories
1 cup of candied sweet potatoes- 400 calories
1 slice of pecan pie- 650 calories (say it isn’t so!!!)
1 peanut butter ball- 50-200 calories (I think I am going to cry!)
1/8 of a cheese ball- approximately 110 calories
10 Chicken-in-a-Biscuit Crackers 190 calories

Okay…I am going to stop before I depress myself or go run a marathon (just to clarify I don’t run)!!! Apparently, the average person consumes approximately 4500 calories during a Thanksgiving meal. Ugh…anyone want to go workout?!?!?! I would actually have to walk almost 20 hours to burn all of these calories off! I don’t even want to think about it, whose idea was this?!?!

Some of the recommendations to cut your calorie intake are: pick light meat vs. dark meat, fruit stuffing vs. cornbread stuffing, baked sweet potatoes vs. candied sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie vs. pecan pie. I am just going to tell you, I will not be making all of these substitutions! There are a few things that I love too much (can we say cheese ball and peanut butter balls)! However, I’m going to watch my portion size closely. The last thing I want to do is derail all of my hard work?

What is the one food you can’t live without on the holidays? Also, do you try to stick to your diet or do you just enjoy your food coma?!?!

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