Healthy Living: Giving Thanks Without Regret

Updated 7 days ago


By: Amy Movius MD

Next week is thanksgiving, officially starting the holiday season that won’t end until 2015. Holidays are mostly wonderful – a time to focus on family and friends and appreciate what we have. They can also be a time of considerable stress and a tendency for excess. Many people gain permanent unhealthy weight this time of year, and it starts with the Thanksgiving feast. Having a plan for enjoying yourself without later regret can only make the holidays better. Below are some strategies for embracing the season – starting with thanksgiving – in moderation.
Increasing physical activity in the weeks before the holidays (now!) can keep the calories burning as can incorporating activity into the festivities. Taking a Thanksgiving family walk or other outing can be part of the tradition.
Eating breakfast on thanksgiving morning is incredibly important. While there can be a tendency to want to “save it” for later, it’s much more likely that you will go uncomfortably overboard at dinner with a too-empty stomach.
There is so much sugar and fat in many traditional thanksgiving dishes that you can trim down these ingredients (and calories) without noticing the difference in flavor. Aside from cutting down on the amount of sugar and fat used in recipes, opting for fat/sugar free ingredients – such as fat free broth – when available can reduce the caloric content without changing the taste.
Portion control is always a challenge with a sumptuous table spread before you. Eating mostly the really special stuff over “regular food” is one way to do this. Choosing white turkey meat, simple vegetables (instead of rich casseroles), roasted sweet potatoes (instead of marshmallow ones) mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie are all going to be on the healthier side of traditional thanksgiving fare. However, there’s no need to deny yourself favorites dishes if you limit the amount. Skipping seconds is obviously a good idea too.
Limiting your alcohol consumption can have a huge impact on calories. While some of it relates to the empty calories alcohol contains, the more important effect is that excessive alcohol will discourage any physical activity and may also diminish your resolve to eat moderately.
The holiday season is meant to be enjoyed, not to feel deprived. Instead of trying to lose weight, focus on maintaining your weight and activity through the New Year. That way you are more likely to have many more happy and healthy seasons to come!

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Pet of the Week: Elsa

Updated 1 week ago

Bobbie Fowler was in from the Old Town Animal Orphanage with a furry friend for us to meet. This week’s Pet of the Week is Elsa, and yes, she’s named after the princess from Frozen.

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Would you be willing to pay a health membership fee in lieu of insurance to see your primary doctor?

Updated 1 week ago

No      60% (206 Votes)

Yes      40% (140 Votes)


Total: 346 Votes

I Love My Pet: Monday, November 17, 2014

Updated 1 week ago

On Monday’s I Love My Pet, we met Smokey

Smokey is a year old, and belongs to the ventimiglia family.

He is the best behaved cat in the world.

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Senior Watch: Hospice Care

Updated 1 week ago

Christii Maquillan the Executive Director of New Hope Hospice was in for this week’s Senior Watch, to talk about what hospice does and the philosophy of hospice care.


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Kitchen Bytes: Bacon Croutons

Updated 1 week ago

For this weeks Abby’s Kitchen Bytes, Abby Freethy,  showed Wayne how to make homemade bacon croutons.  If you have any questions for Abby about this segment or you would like to know how to make the dish, you can email her at abby@northwoodsgourmetgirl.com.

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Do you think the bankruptcy court should accept the offer for the East Millinocket mill?

Updated 1 week ago

Yes      72% (404 Votes)

No       28% (160 Votes)


Total: 564

Cinema Savvy: C+ for Dumb and Dumber To

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 1 week ago

Only one major release hit cinemas this weekend. However moviegoers should keep their eye on director Bennett Miller’s critically acclaimed Foxcatcher which was released in limited venues this weekend. As of now it is a frontrunner as an Oscar contender in multiple categories. That film should expand to a theater near you over the next few weeks.

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Have you started your holiday shopping?

Updated 2 weeks ago

No       62% (235 Votes)

Yes       38% (145 Votes)


Total: 380 Votes

Answering the Call: Inside Dispatching 2

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 2 weeks ago

Public safety dispatchers answer countless calls of distress and emergency every day. Most blend together, but some stand out.

“Suicide calls, homicide, child calls are really tough,” says Betty Stone, who’s been dispatching for 16 years.

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Do you think social media hinders social development?

Updated 2 weeks ago

Yes       86% (352 Votes)

No         14% (56 Votes)


Total: 408 Votes

Social Media = Anti-Social Kids? Part 2

Catherine Pegram

Updated 2 weeks ago


Tweeting, posting, texting – they’re constant activities in a society that seems driven by social media.

More kids are exposed to these activities than ever before.

How they handle it all can be determined by how they’re taught.

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In the TV5 Kitchen: Grain-Free Chiquita Banana Loaf

Updated 2 weeks ago

Mary Lavanway from Hannaford show us how to make Grain-Free Chiquita Banana Loaf

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12


3 large Chiquita bananas
3 large Eggs
¼ cup Coconut oil (melted)
1 Tbsp Vanilla extract
2 cups Almond meal
2 Tbsp Coconut flour
1 tsp Baking soda
¼ tsp Salt
½ cup chopped Walnuts (optional)

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Senior Spotlight: Rheumatoid Arthritis

Updated 2 weeks ago

Dr. Crisostomo Rodrigo Baliog Jr. was in the studio Wednesday for this week’s Senior Spotlight. This week, Dr. Baliog spoke with Joy about rheumatoid arthritis and how to look out for it. He noted that, unlike what most people believe, rheumatoid arthritis can be a threat to more than just the elderly, and it’s important to know how to treat it if you find yourself facing it.

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Should Andre Cushing be fined for collecting other candidates’ campaign signs?

Updated 2 weeks ago

Yes        70% (741 Votes)

No         30% (324 Votes)


Total: 1,065 Votes

Social Media = Anti-Social Kids? Part 1

Catherine Pegram

Updated 2 weeks ago

Computer technology reaches the hands of kids earlier and earlier, which means they’re also stepping into the world of social media.

One survey found 95 percent of teenagers ages 12-17 use the Internet.

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Healthy Living: Do You Have a Psychologically Healthy Workplace?

Updated 2 weeks ago

By: Dr. David Prescott – Acadia Hospital

Recently, five workplaces in Maine were recognized by the Maine Psychological Association as having psychologically healthy work environments. These organizations included for profit and not-for-profit, manufacturing and human service agencies, and both large and small employers. As is increasingly true for businesses around Maine and around the country, these employers realize that paying attention to the psychological health of their workplace fosters employee health and well being, as well as enhancing organizational performance and productivity.

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Pet of the Week: Schooner

Updated 2 weeks ago

Stacey Coventry from the Bangor Humane Society was in the studio Tuesday, introducing Wayne to this week’s Pet of the Week: Schooner.

Schooner is a five year-old male hound mix that has already been neutered and is ready to be picked up today for an adoption fee of $100. Schooner is a bit of a selfish pup, so although he loves socializing with other dogs outside of the house, Stacey recommended a home in which he will be the only dog living there. She also does not rule out houses with cats or children, but says to use caution, and perhaps bring the entire family if you plan to come in to meet Schooner.

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Do you have a family member who is a veteran?

Updated 2 weeks ago

Yes        90% (343 Votes)

No         10% (36 Votes)


Total: 379 Votes

Year-Round Tourism in Maine: Part 2

John Krinjak

Updated 2 weeks ago

Rockland’s iconic Farnsworth Art Museum has been around for 66 years.

“We have 15-thousand objects in the collection, remarkable American paintings collection. We service over 100-thousand people in our programs each year. And we provide an economic impact to this community of 26-million dollars a year,” said Farnsworth director David Brownawell.

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