Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving.
Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving comes around once a year, so now is the time to splurge, right?
Gaining weight during the holiday season has become a national pastime. Year after year, most of us pack on at least a pound (some gain more) during the holidays — and keep the extra weight permanently.
But Thanksgiving does not have to sabotage your nutrition and fitness goals. With a little knowledge, you can still enjoy a guilt-free Thanksgiving feast.
- You might think it makes sense to save up calories for the big meal, but eating a small meal in the morning can give you more control over your appetite.
- Start your day with a small but satisfying breakfast — so you won’t be starving when you arrive at the gathering.
- “Eating a nutritious meal with protein and fiber before you arrive takes the edge off your appetite.”
- Whether you are hosting or enjoying a potluck, make your recipes healthier with less fat, sugar, and calories.
- Some suggestions:
- Use fat-free chicken broth to baste the turkey and make gravy.
- Use sugar substitutes in place of sugar and/or fruit purees instead of oil in baked goods.
- Reduce oil and butter wherever you can.
Police Your Portions
- Before you fill your plate, survey the buffet table and decide what you’re going to choose.
- Then select reasonable-sized portions of foods you cannot live without.
- “Don’t waste your calories on foods that you can have all year long.”
- Skip the Seconds.
- Try to resist the temptation to go back for second helpings.
- “Leftovers tend to be much better the next day, and if don’t overeat, you will have more room for a delectable dessert.”
- Eat slowly. Put your fork down between bites. Taste each mouthful.
- Whole grains, fruits, vegetables, broth-based soups, salads, and other foods with lots of water and fiber add to the feeling of fullness.
- Spread out the food and fun all day long.
Go Easy on Alcohol
- Don’t forget those alcohol calories that can add up quickly.
- “Have a glass of water or clear soda between alcoholic drinks, this way you stay hydrated, limit alcohol calories, and stay sober.”