“Happy Thanksgiving!” Can you believe we will be hearing this greeting in about three weeks?! Time for family, friends, food, and football! It’s such a great time to reflect on God’s blessings! Unfortunately, it is also a time when so many over-indulge on food. The average American consumes anywhere between 3,000 and 5,000 calories on Thanksgiving Day alone. Yikes! With thoughtful preparation, anyone can enjoy a few treats and indulgences without the regret that comes with Holiday binging. Here are a few tips that can keep you out of regret:
Holiday Tips, Part 2:
- Get some exercise. Go for a walk, get in a quick workout at the gym, run a 5K, play football with the family. This will get the body moving, help you de-stress, and help you burn off some calories.
- Don’t forget breakfast. Start the day off right and keep yourself from being so hungry that you binge on the Thanksgiving spread.
- Drink water throughout the day. You might get hunger pains from lack of water verses food.
- Go easy on the appetizers. Cheese and crackers are yummy, but their calories add up. You can always have these types of foods any day of the year.
- Use a smaller plate. It’s a mental thing. If the plate is full, you feel like you have enjoyed more. So just switch out the plate.
- Dim the lights—create a warm cozy atmosphere that will help everyone slow down, de-stress . . . and eat less.
- Limit or avoid danger foods—cream of this, cheesy that, –even if it has veggies. That green bean casserole may look healthy because of the veggies, but it is packed with ingredients that aren’t so healthy.
- Watch out for liquid calories. These calories can sneak up on us fast! Stick with flavored water, club soda, or my favorite, Kombucha!
- Skip seconds. Fill your plate once and wait at least 20 minutes before having more.
- Don’t deny dessert. Yes, I said it. You can have pie! After all, it is a special day! But stick with one piece.
- Breathe! This day can be stressful which leads to emotional eating. Take a deep breath and eat slowly. If you eat fast, you will have already over-indulged before your stomach can tell your brain it feels full.
- This is hard to do, especially on a holiday, but it will help you understand what you plan to consume. Yes, you need to journal before you eat it. Otherwise, what’s the point!
- Quiet time. There is a lot going on around you. It’s ok to take a time out, disappear, and collect yourself so you can be the best you can be for your company.
- Try to get 7-9 hours of sleep the night before you. Lack of sleep can cause you to eat more.
- Don’t forget that the day is about the company more than the food and tidy house. Enjoy your company and don’t sweat the small stuff!
- If you are not the host, bring a food item to share that is healthy. Your host will be happy for your contribution. And, you can be sure that you have at least one healthy item to consume.
- Consider changing your menu. Find ways to “healthy-up” your traditional recipes. This way, you can still enjoy tradition without all the calories.
- Plan ahead! Enjoy a few treats, but plan it out. Will you be enjoying one treat, one extra helping, limiting/avoiding alcohol, or eating completely perfect? It’s your life and your choice. Plan it out but be happy with your choice.