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Healthy Eating for Thanksgiving. By Our November Student Pharmacist, Abbey Strazar.


It is that time of the year again when family and friends travel near and far to celebrate the holidays with their loved ones. Thanksgiving, in particular, is a holiday where food has a central role and is usually in excess. Many families make home cooked Thanksgiving meals that include sweet potatoes layered with melted marshmallows, pumpkin pie covered with whipped cream, or a turkey leg smothered in rich, creamy gravy.

I am here to offer some guidance to help you enjoy your holiday season while eliminating those stubborn pounds that seem to hang around well into March.

1) Consume healthy proportions

  • Plan on having one plateful at Thanksgiving lunch/dinner. Your plate should consist of 50% vegetables, fruits, and a roll (whole wheat preferable), 25% of a starch (preferably a sweet potato without marshmallows), and 25% ham or turkey. One way to think of this 25% rule is a cupcake sized portion of mashed potatoes and a Hersey’s chocolate bar size of turkey.
  • If you are still hungry after one plate, wait 10 minutes. If after 10 minutes you are indeed still hungry, have seconds of a healthier option including green beans, carrots, salad, or white turkey meat.
  • Aim for a colorful plate–the prettier, the better for you.
  • For dessert, choose a pie that is either fruit filled or pumpkin versus chocolate or pecan.

2) Eat before Thanksgiving lunch or dinner

  • If your family enjoys their Thanksgiving for lunch, have breakfast as normal or a small snack before.
  • If your family enjoys their Thanksgiving for dinner, consume meals as usual prior to dinner.
  • If meals are skipped, you are more likely to over eat when the time comes.

3) Substitute healthier options into your meal

  • Use plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.
  • Add chicken broth, herbs, or garlic to mashed potatoes instead of butter.
  • In green bean casseroles, use roasted almonds instead of deep fried onions.
  • When making pies, used whole wheat crusts.
  • Use olive oil instead of butter when feasible.
  • Provide whole wheat rolls instead of white ones.

4) Drink plenty of water on Thanksgiving and exercise after

  • Drink plenty of fluids before lunch/dinner. This will avoid dehydration which may make you feel hungrier than you actually are. Drinking more fluids will actually make you feel fuller faster.
  • After lunch/dinner avoid lying down or taking a nap. Go on a quick walk with family and friends and enjoy the fall weather. This will speed up your metabolism and help your body digest your food.

5) Avoid excessive snacking throughout the day

  • Once everyone is done with the food, cover it up and store it in the refrigerator. By putting the food away, you are less likely to over eat and will have leftovers for the next day!

On behalf of November being American Diabetes month, I have included a link that has healthy Thanksgiving recipes for diabetics. http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/collections/healthy_diabetic_diet_thanksgiving_recipes


Lexington Athletic Club. Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. http://lexingtonathleticclub.com/uncategorized/thanksgiving-hours/. Published November 26, 2014. Accessed November 3, 2015.

Diet and Fitness. Feeling Stuffed. The Men’s Magazine. http://howtomanguide.com/2013/12/diet-fitness/how-to-lose-the-thanksgiving-day-weight/. Published December 1,2013. Accessed November 3, 2015.


Peace and Blessings on This Thanksgiving!

Joe and I want to wish everyone a very peaceful and blessed Thanksgiving.

Please note that Plain City Druggist will be closed on Thursday, November 28, in observance of the holiday. We will re-open on Friday, November 29, at 9 am. If you have an emergency or need anything while we are closed, please call the after hours number: 614-240-8421. If Joe does not call you back within an hour, call again and leave another message with your phone number.

Here are the top six things we are most thankful for this year, spelled out with the letters PC OHIO (because we are so thankful to live in Plain City, Ohio):

1. P–People–We are so grateful for all the wonderful people we know–friends, family, customers, business colleagues–each and every one of you add something to our lives and we are thankful that our paths crossed.

2. C–Community Support–we could not still be in business after 14 years without the support of those in Plain City and neighboring areas who choose to walk through our doors and support a local business!

3. O–Ongoing Good Health–Because we see people every day in the pharmacy who are much worse off than we are, Joe and I are so glad to be blessed with good health. We wish for good health for all of our patients and hope we have contributed in some small way to making your lives better.

4. H–Hope–Joe and I are so fortunate and have been blessed with so many wonderful things in our lives. We hope that everyone reading these words will also be richly blessed.

5. I–Independent Pharmacy–we love small businesses and believe in the mission and philosophy of independent pharmacies and all local stores. These are places that focus first and foremost on serving their customers, because they are serving friends, family, and neighbors.

6. O–Outrageous Passion–If any of you have ever talked to Joe, you know how passionate he is about pharmacy! Joe and I are both so lucky to be involved in things that give us great joy and make us feel that we are making a difference in our small corner of the world.

Thank you to everyone reading this blog posting. We appreciate your continued support of us and the pharmacy!

Turkey Tips. By Our Thankful November Student Pharmacist, Melissa Carlone.

Thanksgiving is a special holiday that brings family and friends together to give thanks. There is one thing that everyone is thankful for on Thanksgiving day… Turkey! Here are a few tips on how to safely prepare your turkey and store your leftovers.

Safe Thawing:

Once you arrive home with your frozen turkey, immediately store it in the freezer until you are ready to use it. Frozen turkey is preserved indefinitely, but is best used within 12 months. When it comes time to thaw it, use one of the three safe methods recommended by the Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Refrigerator Thawing:

This is the best way to thaw your turkey. This requires planning ahead. Allow 24 hours for every 4 to 5 lbs. Place the turkey on a pan on the lowest shelf to prevent juices from contaminating other foods. After thawing, it is good for 1 to 2 days before cooking.

  • 4 to 12 pounds………Thaw for 1 to 3 days.
  • 12 to 16 pounds…… Thaw for 3 to 4 days.
  • 16 to 20 pounds…….Thaw for 4 to 5 days.
  • 20 to 24 pounds…….Thaw for 5 to 6 days.

Cold Water Thawing:

Allow 30 minutes for every pound. Keep the turkey in original packaging to prevent contamination with bacteria and absorption of water. Change the water every 30 minutes to aid in thawing. Cook immediately after thawing.

  • 4 to 12 pounds……..Thaw 2 to 6 hours.
  • 12 to 16 pounds……Thaw 6 to 8 hours.
  • 16 to 20 pounds……Thaw 8 to 10 hours.
  • 20 to 24 pounds……Thaw 10 to 12 hours.

*View the Turkey Thawing Chart.

Microwave Thawing:

Refer to the instructions provided by your microwave’s manufacturer. This is the least preferred method, since some parts of the turkey may actually be cooked during the thawing process. Cook immediately after thawing.

Safe Cooking:

Use a food thermometer to ensure that the turkey reaches at least 165°F to prevent foodborne illness. Check the temperature in the innermost part of the thigh and wing and the thickest part of the breast.

Once the food is cooked or reheated, it should be held hot, at or above 140°F.

For more information on safely preparing your Thanksgiving meal, visit: Safe Cooking.

Storage and Leftovers:

Refrigeration (40°F or below):

Cooked turkey, other cooked dishes, and gravy are good for up to 4 days.

Freezer (0°F or below):

Plain turkey meat is good for 4 months.

If the turkey is covered with broth or gravy, it is good for 6 months.

Other cooked dishes are best if used within 6 months.

*Foods are good indefinitely in the freezer, but these guidelines are recommended to preserve quality.

If food is not going to be used within 4 days, freeze it! Once it is in the refrigerator, you can reheat the leftovers to 165 °F, but return any unused portion to the refrigerator within two hours. Bacteria rapidly multiply between 40-140°F, which is why it is important to avoid thawing frozen food on the counter and leaving leftovers out longer than 2 hours.

Hopefully, you find these turkey tips helpful when it comes to preparing your Thanksgiving meal and deciding when to freeze or abandon your leftovers. Now go out and be thankful for the many blessings in your life and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Have a Thanksgiving Filled with Blessings.

We want to wish everyone a peaceful and blessed Thanksgiving spent with people you love and cherish. Plain City Druggist will be closed on Thursday, November 24, to celebrate the holiday. If you have an emergency while the pharmacy is closed, please contact Joe by his pager at 614-240-8421.

The pharmacy will re-open normal hours, 9 am to 6 pm, on Black Friday, November 25 (which also happens to be Ann Murray’s birthday–make sure you wish her a happy day. Her birthday is often overshadowed by Thanksgiving).

Please also remember that Saturday, November 26, is Small Business Saturday. Support the drugstore and other local, small businesses by shopping in Plain City that day.

Have a Blessed and Peaceful Thanksgiving.

I thought this vintage Thanksgiving card was appropriate in it’s wishes. These are the very things we wish for you, our customers. We hope your “Thanksgiving menu” serves all of these wonderful items and that you will continue to enjoy this delightful “menu” in the coming year.

Thanksgiving Menu.

Entree’: Faith, Hope, and Charity.

Long Life. Wealth in Abundance. Comfort Garnished with Health, Success, Good Luck, Prosperity.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with peace, love, and happiness.