Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Easy on the Salt!

After posting the nutritional value of Thanskgiving dinner around the Club, I’ve had several people come up to me and say “oh well, it’s Thanksgiving, I don’t care about nutrition.” However, people with medical conditions, especially heart problems should be in tune to the nutritional value of foods they are eating….and Thanksgiving is one day of the year to pay extra attention to nutrition (check out the sodium content on the previous post). Here’s a great article from Medical News Today about emergency room visits around the holidays: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/209119.php

Moreover, throwing nutrition out the window on Thanksgiving can be a slippery slope….. don’t forget about all those sodium and fat rich leftovers for the next week, holiday parties, then it’s Christmas and cookie time, New Years= appetizers & champagne, winter, spring & birthdays…. next thing you know it’s 4th of July and you have gained 10 pounds! I’m not saying to weigh and measure your food on Thanksgiving, just be sure to include all food groups and not to gorge yourself (being so full you can’t move is not a good feeling for anyone!). If you have health conditions, be responsible and save your family the trip to the ER (because you happened to OD on salt).

Have a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving!!!

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