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Thanksgiving – Did you know?


Slow down on Alcohol & Sodas!

Alcohol & Calories - Red WineDon’t forget that it is not just the food you are eating, but also the drinks we consume. Depending on the wine, one glass of wine can range between 110 – 300 calories.

Not only does alcohol contain lots of calories, it can increase appetite and relaxes your willpower, which makes you more likely to go for seconds or thirds.

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East-West health centers | health WeightThe Big Feast is here! Tips to avoid the “Great Gorge”

According to the Calorie Control Council, the average American may consume more than 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat on Thanksgiving day.  That is nearly twice the recommended daily allowance!

However, the good news is that there are ways to beat the “great gorge”:


  • Portion control! Enjoy your holiday meal – but choose smaller portions for your first course – rather go back for seconds.
  • Take time between servings! Allow your stomach the time to signal your brain that it is full. It takes approximately 20 minutes from the time you start eating to get the feeling that you are full. So if you wait a while between portions, you will feel the need for seconds or thirds disappear. (
  • Eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly – this helps with digestions – but also gives your brain the time to catch up with your stomach.
  • Eat a (healthy) snack before you start in on the big meal. A yoghurt, fruit or salad will help prime your body and send the “I am full signal” before you head back for seconds.
  • Exercise! Go for a walk after the meal. You will feel better and your body will thank you.
  • Don’t loosen that belt! One way to realize you’ve eaten enough is when you feel your stomach constrained by your otherwise normal fitting clothing.


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