For many of us, the Thanksgiving meal is the best dining experience of the year … but there’s no reason why it can’t be a healthy experience too! Here are some things to keep in mind this Turkey Day.
Get off to a good start. Avoid the temptation to “save room” for the big meal. Eat a typical breakfast, try to take in some physical activity and stay hydrated. All of this will come in handy later in the day.
Make portion control a priority. Don’t go overboard on the appetizers and try to take smaller portions of more menu items, rather than filling up your plate to the brim. If the opportunity permits, even consider using smaller plates. This is an effective way to eat less.
Eat intelligently. This doesn’t mean you should deprive yourself of the Thanksgiving traditions you love. Just be mindful of which items are loaded sugar, starches, calories and the like. These are the parts of the meal that call for smaller portions. It’s a good idea to eat slowly too. You enjoy what you’re eating even more, and have less time to eat more of it! And if you have an opportunity to make one or more of the dishes, look for recipes that substitute healthier ingredients or rely less on fats, sugar and calories. There’s a very good chance your diners won’t notice the difference.
Finally, here’s a bonus tip … lay the groundwork for healthy eating on the days after Thanksgiving. If you take leftovers home, make sure its the healthy menu items. Send the desserts home with someone else. If you return to a fridge that is well-stocked with healthy foods it increases the odds that your 1 special day of eating bliss is just that … 1 day.