Happy Thanksgiving! This means family, friends, and FOOD! Here are 10 tips to stay healthy, happy, and not STUFFED!
Divide your plate- one half for fruits and veggies... one quarter for turkey.... one quarter for carbs! Fill up on your veggies first so it’ll leave less room for the more tempting calories. Eat more of what you should and less of what you shouldn’t, but never deprive yourself! If you want stuffing and gravy, you get that stuffing and gravy! Everything in moderation is the key!
Take a smaller sized plate. Sure, a bigger plate will hold more food, but if you’re trying to maintain/lose weight, go for the small plate instead. Less space on the plate, the more food you think you have, the less you eat!
Eat slowly and chew, chew, chew! This will allow you to better understand how full you actually are, and when a good time to stop is. Take time and ENJOY your food!
Get a longer than normal work out in before dinner! Burning a few extra calories will never hurt when you KNOW you have the potential to overeat this Thanksgiving! Give yourself a little calorie cushion, get an awesome sweat session at the gym, so you can enjoy your sweatpants later!
Eat a small breakfast the morning of Thanksgiving. Sounds CRAZY to be giving your calories away to some stupid egg whites and toast on the best food day of the year, but experts say eating a small meal in the morning can give you more control over your appetite!
If you’re bringing a dish, make it a little healthier! A little less sugar, replacing oil for sugar or fruit purees, or using yogurt instead of sour cream can go a long way, and your family probably won’t even know the difference!
Try not to have seconds! Save room for dessert- duh!
Slow down on the alcohol! If you would rather eat your calories than drink them, try limiting yourself to one or two alcoholic beverages this Thanksgiving.
Start with a nice soup. Research has shown it can reduce the amount of calories you consume at your main meal!
Most importantly, BE THANKFUL! Enjoy your time with your family and friends. Laugh, smile, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.