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Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving Dinner is not designed to be “healthy” – it is designed to a celebration of blessings! So, this year, don’t ruin your celebration with anxiety and guilt over what you are eating.  Instead, arm yourself with some expert tips so that, whether you are the preparer of the meal or the partaker, you can relax and focus on your blessings and not your belly.

Nutritionist, Diana Kelly suggests that you start by filling half your plate with good non-starchy vegetables (broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, bell pepper, green beans or salad) then pile one-quarter up with skinless turkey breast (size of a deck of cards is usually about 3 oz)  and leave the remaining one-quarter for starchy sides (corn, potatoes, peas, rice, and casseroles.)

Kelly recommends that you choose your favorite “special” sides that you only see around the holidays and keep servings to a half-cup. “Stuffing? Worth it. A plain-old everyday roll? Not so much! One serving of starchy sides like mashed potatoes, stuffing, yams, and cranberry sauce is equal to ½ cup, which would look like half of a baseball.”

Lori Zanini, RD, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics continues to point out that  you should “Count “casseroles” of any type as your starch. She points out that casseroles, like broccoli casserole and green bean casserole, often call for creamy soups, sticks of butter, and large amounts of cheese in their ingredient lists,” says Zanini. “Not only do these types of dishes contribute excessive amounts of calories, but they’re also very high in sodium.” Remember sodium leads to water retention and belly bloat.

Here’s some really great advice from Liz Ward, RD, author of My Plate for Moms…

“And remember, the first couple of bites of any food are often the most enjoyable. “Don’t waste your calories, but don’t avoid your favorite foods, either,” Ward says. “Eat foods that you love and that aren’t available at other times of the year, like homemade cranberry sauce, specialty sides, and pumpkin pie, and forgo everyday foods like chips, rolls, and mashed potatoes.”

So, relax and plan to enjoy all the blessings, including the Thanksgiving Feast this year!

Thankful, Grateful, Blessed

The month of November is a time of turning our thoughts to those things that we are blessed with and for which we are grateful. It’s a time to remember the blessings of the past and renew our commitment to focus on the blessings of today instead of grumbling and complaining. It’s a time to take a break from fretting over the things we are striving for and rest in the goodness that the Lord has poured out on us.

Here are some things on our “Thankful List.”
First, we are thankful for the Lord, Jesus Christ who has led us and blessed Letslose through the years as we have grown. We have been carried by His presence and goodness through the good and bad times.  He is the reason we exist today – to be a blessing to others and share His love through this work that we love.

We are so thankful for the patients and friends who are such a vital part of the Letslose family. You are more than “customers” to us. Your confidence and faith in Letslose inspires us and pushes us on to continue doing all that we can to help you enjoy the life God has given you.

Our ever growing staff of managers, technicians, office support, corporate staff and physicians are a source of continued blessing to us and for which we are deeply grateful. Our Letslose team is made up of so many precious people without whom we would not have this incredible company!

Our Thankful List just keeps getting longer!  This month, we challenge you to dedicate a few minutes each day to write a few notes of thanksgiving and then – be brave and share some of your thoughts with family or friends as you have an opportunity.