Prevent Holiday Weight GainMrs. C says her bearded, jolly, gift-giving husband has a belly that seems to get bigger every year, especially during the holiday season. She asks The Doctors to help Santa stop being so naughty with his diet!
Healthy Holiday Recipes
The Hungry Girl, Lisa Lillien, shows you how to make healthy, hearty holiday meals.
Sassy Salsa Pumpkin Soup
PER SERVING (2 cups): 177 calories, 1g fat, 8.5g fiber
4 cups fat-free broth (chicken or vegetable)
One 15-oz. can pure pumpkin
One 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup canned sweet corn kernels
3/4 cup salsa
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
Optional toppings: shredded fat-free or low-fat cheese, fat-free sour cream and chopped scallionsDirections:
Spray a medium-size pot with nonstick spray and bring to medium heat on the stove.
Place garlic in the pot. Stir and cook for 1 minute. Add broth and spices, and bring to a simmer.
Add pumpkin and mix well. Add the remaining ingredients, stir, and bring soup to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
Top each cup with any of the optional ingredients before serving.
MAKES 4 SERVINGS
Noodlicious Veggie Crabcakes
PER SERVING (1 crabcake): 60 calories, 0.5g fat, 326mg sodium, 10g carbs, 1g fiber, 2g sugars, 5g protein
2 packages House Foods Tofu Shirataki Noodles, spaghetti shape
One (1) 12-oz. package broccoli cole slaw mix, dry
1 1/2 cups dry pancake mix
12-oz. drained white crabmeat
1 cup diced scallions
1/2 cup egg whites (about 4 egg whites)
1 tsp seasoned saltDirections:
Rinse and drain Shirataki noodles well. Pat dry. Place noodles in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for one minute.
Drain excess liquid from noodles and pat them until thoroughly dry. Cut noodles into pieces about 4 inches in length.
Combine all ingredients and mix well. Bring a pan sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat.
Scoop four spoonfuls of the mix evenly into the pan, using a total of one-fifth of the batter. Press gently with a spatula to form cakes. Cook until crab cakes are golden brown on both sides, flipping occasionally. Repeat this process four more times, removing the pan from the heat, reapplying nonstick spray in between batches.
Salt and black pepper to taste
MAKES 20 SERVINGS
How many calories does the average American eat on Thanksgiving: 2,500, 4,500 or 6,000? If you guessed 4,500, you are correct.
"That's over twice the recommended number of calories most people are supposed to eat in an entire day, much less one meal," E. R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says. He explains what happens to the stomach when you eat.
"Your stomach is a muscle that can expand, and it can expand up to four cups to eight cups during a meal. It doesn't mean you want it to expand that much," he says. "You're actually limited to how much food you can eat, except for these big meals, like Thanksgiving." Overeating will cause your stomach to be distended, as if you ate a football.
Dr. Travis explains why you feel extremely bloated after eating a large meal.
Healthy Holiday Snacking
Stay healthy with these tips for your next holiday party.
• Fill bowls and platters with healthy snacks, such as nuts, whole-grain crackers, low-fat cheese and air-popped popcorn.
Rather than serving salted mixed nuts or candied pecans, serve spiced toasted almonds. By replacing salt, oil and butter with cayenne pepper and thyme, you trim unwanted fat and add vitamin E, magnesium and fiber to the snack.
Serve fruit kabobs.
Swap chocolate peppermint bark for strawberries dipped in dark chocolate, which provide antioxidants, vitamin C and fiber.
Whether you're hitting the road to grandma's, heading off to somewhere warm or staying close to home, The Doctors has a total-body workout to keep you from gaining a holiday belly.
Holiday Weight Gain
People gain between 1 and 5 pounds during the holidays and many never lose the weight. The Doctors' Health Investigator, Liz Vaccariello, shares her book, The 400 Calorie Fix, which offers an easy-to-follow weight-loss plan that won't leave you feeling hungry.
Liz says the first solution is to eat 400 calorie meals. You can eat whatever you want, wherever you want, as long as it is 400 calories and under.
Sixteen men and women used this plan, and Liz found that they each lost about 2 pounds per week and continued losing weight even after finishing the plan.
For an accelerated weight loss solution, the book includes a Two Week Quick Slim, which can melt off up to 11 pounds in just two weeks.
"The most important thing, no matter where you're eating, is to always focus on portion control," Confirms Dr. Travis.
Eating turkey, stuffing and pies, the average American consumes 3,439 calories on Thanksgiving Day. Within eight hours of consumption, the excess calories enter your fat cells, causing weight gain. It doesn't stop there; the average American eats an extra 619 calories every day throughout the holiday season!
"The holidays should be about enjoying friends and family," Jillian says, "not binging!"
Pull up a seat at the Thanksgiving table, as Jillian and The Doctors demonstrate just how the holiday calories and pounds add up. Learn healthy substitutions for your favorite holiday foods, so you can enjoy the feast without all the calories.
"Make healthier choices," plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon says. "You want to get your fresh vegetables? Better than a casserole is [eating] the fresh, natural green beans."
A good way to burn excess calories is to sign up for a Turkey Trot. "Find a 5K or a 10K in your town," Dr. Travis says. "It will motivate you to train. You'll burn 350 to 750 calories, depending upon how far and how fast you run. It doesn't matter if it's a walk or if it's a run, the whole point is to just get moving. You don't want that pumpkin pie you enjoyed during the holiday season to haunt you come beach season."
Go Organic?Lisa from Inglewood, California asks if an organic turkey is worth the extra money.
"Organic is beyond worth it," Jillian says. "Going organic is the difference between making food your medicine or making it your poison. And the reality is, if you are concerned about cost, you need to cut costs in other areas of your life. Get rid of the [expensive coffee], get rid of the gossip magazines, because co-pays for your medical bills [will be expensive] from the diseases you will get from food that has pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, arsenic -- you name it. It's night and day."
In addition to being raised healthier, organic turkeys have 21 percent less total fat, 30 percent less saturated fat, 28 percent fewer calories and 50 percent more vitamins than regular turkeys.
"It's not [only] about calories and fat," Jillian continues. "It's about health."
Organic turkey may be better for your health, but how does it taste? Find out in The Doctors' Turkey Taste Test!