7 Ways to Prevent Turkey Day Weight Gain

From MSN Health and Fitness

We’re not suggesting that you diet on turkey day, but Thanksgiving doesn’t have to send your health spiraling down and your weight soaring up for the rest of the holidays, either. Here’s how to indulge in every course without breaking the 1,000-calorie barrier.

1. Go for light, white meat.
This part is easy. Turkey breast is already super lean: just 44 calories, 1 gram of fat and no saturated fat per skinless ounce. Plus, the big bird is a great source of iron, zinc, potassium and B vitamins. Eliminate drumstick temptation by serving a breast ready for slicing. Or, if you do cook a whole turkey, roast or bake it—don’t even go near a deep fryer.

2. Add gravy that has more flavor than fat.
Use low-fat, low-sodium broth rather than drippings from the roasting pan. If drippings are a family requirement, stick them in the freezer for about 15 minutes. Chilling makes it easier to skim off fat before using the juices to make gravy.

3. Stuff your bird with whole grains.
Bake the stuffing separately so it doesn’t soak up grease from the bird (safer, too, says the bacteria police—it ensures that the stuff gets cooked all the way through). Instead of boring white bread crumbs, wow your guests with a whole-grain mixture. Try the slightly nutty flavor of quinoa or rice pilaf. You won’t save calories, but you’ll gain oodles of antioxidants plus fiber, iron, magnesium, selenium, B vitamins.

4.  Add a touch of green
Cut calories in half by shelving the green bean casserole this year and boiling fresh beans until just tender.  Then season them just a touch of olive oil, sea salt, and black pepper.  Sounds simple, but the flavor’s amazing.  And you’ll get fiber, protein, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, and vitamins A, C, K, and B6.

5.  Don’t forget the superberries
Cranberries contain a powerful group of free-radical demolishers. But skip the canned sauces, which are jammed with added sugar (about 44 grams and 170 calories per inch-thick slice). Instead, type “cranberry sauce recipes” into Bing and pick one of the recipes that’s sweetened with fruit—pears, currents, apples, raisins (and maybe walnuts, too). Then use half the sugar called for. You’ll be amazed. So will your guests.

6. Slim the spuds.
We learned this trick from our friends at EatingWell: simmer your spuds with some garlic to create robust flavor—then mash them with parsley and buttermilk instead of cream. The flavor’s great and despite its name, buttermilk has almost no fat. If you want to top it with a pat of butter just before serving, no one will ever know that’s all there is. Neither will their waistlines.

7. Oh my, don’t skip the pie.
Trim more than 100 calories and 7 grams of fat from a (sane, not supersized) slice of pie just by forgoing the crust.

New Mammogram Guidelines Controversial

AP National Writer

NEW YORK (AP) – For many women, getting a mammogram is already one of life’s more stressful experiences.  Now, women in their 40s have the added anxiety of trying to figure out if they should even be getting one at all.

A government task force said Monday that most women don’t need mammograms in their 40s and should get one every two years starting at 50 _ a stunning reversal and a break with the American Cancer Society’s long-standing position. What’s more, the panel said breast self-exams do no good, and women shouldn’t be taught to do them.

The news seemed destined to leave many deeply confused about whose advice to follow.

“I’ve never had a scare, but isn’t it better to be safe than sorry?” asked Beth Rosenthal, 41, sitting in a San Francisco cafe on Monday afternoon with her friend and their small children. “I’ve heard of a lot of women in their 40s, and even 30s, who’ve gotten breast cancer. It just doesn’t seem right to wait until 50.”

Her friend agreed. “I don’t think I’ll wait,” said Leslie David-Jones, also 41, shaking her head.

For most of the past two decades, the American Cancer Society has been recommending annual mammograms beginning at 40, and it reiterated that position on Monday. “This is one screening test I recommend unequivocally, and would recommend to any woman 40 and over,” the society’s chief medical officer, Dr. Otis Brawley, said in a statement.

But the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a government panel of doctors and scientists, concluded that such early and frequent screenings often lead to false alarms and unneeded biopsies, without substantially improving women’s odds of survival.

“The benefits are less and the harms are greater when screening starts in the 40s,” said Dr. Diana Petitti, vice chair of the panel.

Breast cancer survivors who were diagnosed at a young age were among the more vocal critics of the new guidelines.

Creative Way to tell Hubby You’re Expecting

SAN DIEGO – LaDainian Tomlinson’s blessings simply flowed on Sunday. Two hours before his San Diego Chargers claimed a share of first place in the AFC West with a 31-23 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, the NFL’s  No. 3 all-time touchdown king received a gift from his wife, LaTorsha.

Tomlinson found it in front of his locker at Qualcomm Stadium, a decorative purple bag — “TCU colors,” he explained later — tied with a bow. The attached note implored “Please Open Immediately – LaTorsha.” Inside was a box, and what it contained was a pregnancy test. A positive test.

“My wife is pregnant,” an emotional Tomlinson announced on a day when one of the NFL’s greatest running backs reached two significant milestones: His season-high 96 yards on 24 carries pushed him past Thurman Thomas and Franco Harris for 12th place on the NFL’s all-time rushing list with 12,145 yards.

Positive Thoughts

Give without remembering and receive without forgetting.

Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you;  he will never let the righteous fall.

Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.

A good teacher must be able to put himself in the place of those who find learning hard.

Whoever is happy will make others happy, too.

The solution to adult problems tomorrow depends on large measure upon how our children grow up today.