• Tue, Nov 20 2012

Celebrity Trainer David Kirsch On Eating Healthy, Even During Thanksgiving

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David Kirsch is one of New York’s best personal trainers, and regularly dispenses his health and fitness tips to A-list clients like Heidi Klum, Liv Tyler, and Anne Hathaway. His expertise goes beyond the gym, though: He’s also seriously on top of healthy eating and nutrition advice, so we nabbed some of his best advice to help you get through Thanksgiving.

Check out David Kirsch’s best healthy eating advice and recipes to make your Thanksgiving fun–and healthy:

THANKSGIVING PHILOSOPHY: “Everything in Moderation.”

“You can have stuffing and pie but not seconds or thirds–if you REALLY want the pie, you need to stay intelligent–maybe skip the stuffing or sweet potatoes and cut a bigger piece of pumpkin pie.”

DON’T EAT THIS

“There’s no reason that marshmallows need to be included in anything on Thanksgiving. I don’t even think marshmallows exist in Europe! Sadly, pecan pie is the real devil and it’s my undoing, so I’d say those two need to be excluded unless you’re disciplined and you can have a small piece and be satisfied.”

PREPARE AND TRAIN TO BALANCE OUT YOUR INDULGENCE

If you’re planning to go all-out on Thanksgiving, Kirsch says it’s smart to prepare by staying especially diligent. His specific health and fitness tips?

“Try one of my seven-day cleanses leading up to the holiday, or the 48-hour cleanse or the ultimate detox kit going right into Thanksgiving, which involve cleaning your body and colon, resting your kidneys and liver, and all the while exercising. Then, when you get into the holiday, know that you are going to add some cardio for every indulgence. If you normally do 30-45 minutes, add an extra 30 for an indulgence.”

 

HOW TO BE A GOOD HOST AND STICK TO HEALTHY EATING

“I’m hosting 25, and you can imagine that there are different needs! I think you need to stick to what you’re going to do but be respectful. I have lots of vegetables: green beans and brussels sprouts, things that are not meat, potatoes which everyone loves, etc. I essentially stick to what I like, and people know that and can choose to come or not…You’re never going to realistically satisfy everyone.”

 

HOW TO KEEP KIDS HAPPY (AND EATING HEALTHY) ON THANKSGIVING

As a father of two, Kirsch has spent three years catering to kids’ palates staying on top of his health and fitness. But he says it doesn’t have to be hard, even at Thanksgiving:

“I think it’s very easy to make things healthy and delicious. I can make air fries for my girls and they love french fries, I use a convection oven to eliminate a lot of fat from meat, I feed them lots of steamed vegetables, and they know what they are not allowed to have and will recite it for you if you ask. I think meat is important, I like a well rounded and comprehensive diet. On Thanksgiving, they love turkey, they love soup, they love tomatoes and there will be a huge platter of heirloom tomatoes, they love cucumbers, brussels sprouts, green beans. And, they love roasted potatoes–not big mashed potato fans–but roasted are healthier anyway.”

DAVID’S BEST ADVICE FOR A FUN AND HEALTHY THANKSGIVING

“Everything in moderation, enjoy yourself, don’t go into it full of dread. Especially this year, after this horrible storm we had where tens of thousands of people are homeless, have lost everything, there’s so much reason for us to take time to reflect on why we are thankful, and what we have in our life. Focus on that and you’ll enter the holiday with a much fuller spirit and a much cleaner heart.”

Want to know what David’s eating this Thanksgiving? Check out some of his favorite recipes, and follow him on Twitter to get more of his daily health and fitness advice.

Photo: David Kirsch

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  • Somnilee

    We have marshmallows here in the UK, but we don’t cook with them! It makes me cringe when I read some of your “traditional” Thanksgiving recipes, sweet potatoes and marshmalloes? Yuck.

  • Personal Trainer London

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