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The big day is almost here! 

It will soon be time to gather around the table with family and friends and enjoy arguably the biggest meal we will consume all year.

What a beautiful scene it is. We all have our favorite Thanksgiving dish and a memory or two from past Thanksgivings. Most people see the holiday as a day to splurge and eat everything in sight until they slip into a food coma on the recliner chair. However, for those who want to keep it healthy, you’ve come to the right place. In this article we will discuss how to remain intentional with our health even on a day like Thanksgiving. Specifically, we will name three foods to avoid at the dinner table and the reasons why.

Let’s get the worst news out of the way first. Unfortunately, STUFFING is a dish that should be spared if you are interested in keeping Thanksgiving healthy. Stuffing is made mostly of bread and butter which means lots and lots of carbs. According to MedicalDaily, the average stuffing dish is 175 calories per cup. If sausage is added to the stuffing, the amount of calories per cup jumps to 400. And trust me, we are eating way more than just a cup at Thanksgiving dinner.

The next dish to pass on is GRAVY. First, let’s make clear what gravy actually is. It is literally the fat and juices from the turkey drippings with some added flour or cornstarch. Think about that when the bowl of gravy is staring you in the face on Thanksgiving. Now, are you ready for some nutritional facts? One cup of turkey gravy will add up to over 400 calories, 32 grams of fat, and 580 milligrams of sodium. Yikes, those are alarming numbers that can easily be avoided.

Lastly, let’s put a dessert on the list of foods to avoid. This might break some hearts, but the unhealthiest option at the table is PECAN PIE. Just because pecans are healthy nuts does not mean that pecan pie is a healthy finale to Thanksgiving dinner. What turns pecans into pecan pie is lots of sugar, butter, and refined carbohydrates.  Just one slice of pecan pie is equal to 500 calories, and that is without the added ice cream and/or whipped cream that we know we have to throw on it. Saying no to dessert is a true test of will-power.

In conclusion, it is very possible and simple to keep Thanksgiving healthy. The Thanksgiving table is a nutritional battlefield, and temptation will be present for the duration of the meal. That is why we count the cost before we decide to be intentional with our eating on this day. Nothing good comes without a sacrifice, and now you are aware of what to sacrifice at the table. The idea of giving up stuffing, gravy, and pie might make you emotional at first, but at the end of the day, it’s on you to answer the question of “How important is eating healthy to me?”

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Connor Coman

Connor Coman works as a certified personal trainer in the Hollywood/Beverly Hills area. His training experience stems from a background in competitive gymnastics, track & field, and collegiate baseball. 

Learning from trainers and coaches since a young age, Coman's daily life became influenced by structured nutrition and exercise regimens at the age of 15. When competitive sports came to an end after studying nutrition & exercise science at Queens College in New York, Coman continued the path of health and wellness by becoming a certified personal trainer.

After months of training in New York, he switched coasts and began personal training at Golds Gym Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA. In his fifth month, he was named Personal Trainer of the Month. Coman spent a year training a wide range of clientele at Golds Gym before being inspired to start his own personal training business.

Today, he trains mostly out of Ultra Body Fitness, an exclusive private training gym in Hollywood. Focusing on weight training in the gym, his client list includes both men and women, celebrity, and elderly. Coman continues to learn as he, himself, has a personal trainer, Charles Glass. Glass is known as the "Godfather" of personal training. 

Coman believes that there is one common goal among exercisers and that is "to lose body fat." He states that this can be done by first "making a true commitment to oneself to take the necessary steps in order to gain control of one's physical health." Those steps include "cardiovascular training, resistance training, and above all, proper nutrition."

Coman has recently found a new passion in writing and acting. He now uses his background, knowledge, and experience in the field of training to stay sharp on his path towards his goals in the entertainment industry.

Twitter: @Connorcoman


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