Tips For a Healthy Thanksgiving
Everybody takes Thanksgiving as an excuse to go all out and nibble (okay, more like devour) endless refills of food and beverage. Unfortunately all that overindulgence comes with a side effect of shame and bloating. You can still have your share of gooey marshmallow topped sweet potatoes, turkey with gravy, and pecan pie as long as you balance out your meal at least a little bit. Eating healthy is more about control in portions and less about what you eat.
Start the day of like usual. Do not “starve” yourself before the big dinner. you may think, “Oh, well not eating leaves more room for later.” In actuality what will end up happening is you get an inaccurate reading of your hunger and you’ll overeat to compensate. Eat as you normally would, or at least eat a decently sized meal.
Stick to normal, or even slightly undersized portions. If you finish a small plate and get another small serving when you’re finished you are still probably eating less than when you overfill the plate so that everything is falling off the side. When you do make yourself a plate, fill up half with veggies, a quarter with potatoes, and the remainder with the meat or meat substitute. drink water to help fill you up faster and after you digest go for a walk or stand around and chat with family to start burning some calories.
There will be more than enough lerftovers, trust me. By the following week you’ll regret that your family even bought such a huge turkey.