Good Day Alabama: Nov. 23, 2015

Good Day Alabama: Nov. 23, 2015

Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:

HEALTHY THANKSGIVING - Powerhouse blogger Tess Masters knows a thing or two about how small dietary changes can reap big results. She is on a mission to help people find the simple tweaks that can lead to optimum health and happiness and the holidays are no excuse to let your health go. Healthy modifications are doable any time of year –including Thanksgiving! On her wildly popular recipe blog, Tess shares easy plant-based recipes that anyone can whip up quickly using a blender. Smoothies, sauces, drinks, and soups are made in a blender and the rest of the dishes all include at least one blender-reliant element. Tess's lively, down-to-earth approach has attracted over a million fans looking for quick and fun ways to prepare healthy food. Now she's taken on Thanksgiving, offering healthy, delicious swaps to keep you feeling good and help you fend off holiday weight gain. Tess discusses:
· The five key ingredients to keep in your kitchen to maintain your health during the holidays
· Her favorite healthy recipes that make great Thanksgiving swaps!
· One of her favorite new healthy and delicious wonders from down under – Macadamia Milk.

JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us live from Lakeshore Foundation with help from Carol Kutik on Exercise Monday. Today, she discussed how this is an exciting and challenging time of year to maintain our weight. Some research tells us the average Thanksgiving meal may contain 4,500 calories. For the average person that burns approximately 100 calories per mile that means we would have to walk 45 miles to walk off the meal! There are ways we can be more active all day long to counteract the added calories we may take in. Let's start walking! Walking or pushing are great ways to keep moving. Try an activity tracker such as a Garmin, a Fitbit or even a simple pedometer. They track how many steps you take in a day. Most people are surprised how many steps they can take by adding even small movement throughout the day- things like parking further away especially in the crowded holiday lots, getting up and moving around during a football game or taking a family walk after Thanksgiving dinner. The general recommendation is to get 10,000 steps a day which averages about 5 miles! With an activity tracker, you can slowly increase your steps to meet the goal. Even if you are traveling or have no equipment, you can use your own body to move. Squats are a great way to move and gain lower body strength and movement. Carol showed us how to do a squat with and without the support of a chair. She said to begin with a small movement and increase as you get stronger. This is also a great functional exercise. For more information, call 205-313-7400.

ASK THE GARDENER – Fred Spicer, Executive Director of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, took questions from viewers about their gardening needs. You can contact him at the Gardens or find more info at bbgardens.org.

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, we talk holiday giving and how to do it safely and saving as much as possible! Don't let the cold keep you from fishing... the angler joins us to take your questions!  New music and movies hit store shelves and we show you what's new in entertainment this year! And we check out more of the hot new toys on the market for the holidays this year! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day!