Did you know that the average calorie consumption on Thanksgiving Day is around 4,500? You can avoid sabotaging your healthy diet by following a few simple tips:
1) Don’t skip meals… Eat a healthy breakfast that day to avoid overeating later. An egg white omelet with lots of veggies is a great option to fill you up and keep temptations under control.
2) Think before you scoop… Look at everything that is on the table, then pause to think about what you really want to put on your plate. A serving of turkey should be no bigger than the palm of your hand. Load up on healthy salads (bring one to share if you’re unsure this option will be available) and steamed veggies. If there are rich, high-calorie foods you can’t resist, think about “sampling” them — one or two bites just for the flavor and experience.
3) Get rid of leftovers… If you’re hosting dinner, have small to-go bags or containers ready to fill up and send home with your guests. You can’t eat it if it’s not there! Politely refuse leftovers from your host/hostess.
4) Slow down…. Eat slowly and enjoy the flavors, many of which you only get once a year! Listen to your body when it tells you it’s full.
4) Get moving… Put the turkey in the oven and go for a walk or play an active game with your family. Step out of the kitchen if you’re not cooking or if there isn’t anything that needs to be constantly watched, stirred, etc. Go for another walk after dinner or get a game of football or tag going in the backyard.
5) Skip the booze… There are many tasty alternatives to alcohol. Try sparkling water with lemon or lime. If you choose to have alcohol, drink a glass of water before and after to stay hydrated.
Keep in mind that Thanksgiving is about family and friends and gratitude. Keep your focus on that and not on the food, and you’ll do just fine!