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Planning a Healthy Thanksgiving - Nutrition

Thanksgiving Day is about family, friends, and of course food! “We’re eating about 3,000 to 5,000 calories in a day, just in Thanksgiving,” said Gina Skaronea, a clinical dietitian with Lee Health. So to keep you from losing control at the dinner table, health experts say start your day with breakfast. Even though you’re going to eat a big lunch or a big dinner for Thanksgiving meal, you should still start the day with breakfast because if we save our calories, we tend to overeat later in the day,” she said. And when it’s time to fill your plate, remember moderation. “Thanksgiving is one day a year, just be mindful. Little portions of everything can fit into a healthy Thanksgiving,” said Skaronea. Try to include fruits and vegetables in your Thanksgiving meal and limit things like butter, sugar, and heavy gravy. Substituting healthy ingredients in your recipes can make a big difference to the calories and nutrition. “Turkey is pretty lean overall. White meat is going to be a little bit better than the dark meat because it’s a little bit lower than fat content but not by much,” she said. Whether it’s before or after your meal, make time to be active. “There are a lot of turkey trots going on, a lot of people do those. Some people have a ritual of a football game in their yard, so still be active,” said Skaronea. Before going for seconds or dessert, drink plenty of water and give your body a few minutes to determine if it’s still hungry. Just a few tips to help you enjoy the holiday and keep your Thanksgiving Day healthy. View More Health Matters video segments at LeeHealth.org/Healthmatters/ Lee Health in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of health care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For more than 100 years, we’ve been providing our community with personalized preventative health services and primary care to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Lee Health - Caring People. Inspiring Care. Visit LeeHealth.org