Avoid Getting “Stuffed” This Thanksgiving

Prevention, thanksgiving, Turkey meal, overeating, weight gain, holiday weight gain, party tips, nutrition, health, stay active, tips from townContrary to many people’s thoughts, the Thanksgiving meal is not an occasion to work towards or train for. It’s not necessary to “stretch” your stomach to prepare for the “big event”. But if you are looking forward to the Thanksgiving meal(s) you can avoid sabotaging all the hard work you’ve been doing and also avert the typical holiday season weight gain. Here are some tips and information to help you enjoy the holidays without the regrets and guilt that often accompany them.

  • To reduce overall calories consumed, limit the number of high fat offerings and use mainly fresh ingredients and healthy alternatives to butter and sugar. You have more control with a self – made meal.
  • Don’t go overboard with the amount of food you prepare, and if you do – send leftovers home with guests.
  • Offer higher calorie items in single servings or place them in smaller dishes so people will be less inclined to load up their plate. Offer a variety of healthy alternatives such as leafy green salads and fresh fruit desserts.
  • Don’t forget to drink …. Water. We often eat more because we’re actually thirsty. Try to always have a glass of water on the go.
  • Remember, alcohol is empty calories. Space out your adult beverages with a soda or water in between. On average: wait about an hour between alcoholic drinks to allow the liver time to break it down. This will also assist in preventing hangover symptoms.
  • Enjoy your meal! You’ve spent several hours preparing so don’t wolf it down in minutes. Put your utensils down between bites; chew your food and converse with your guests. You will allow your body time to start digesting. This will help you feel satiated without stuffing yourself.
  • Imagine your plate divided into 4 equal parts. ¼ Protein (meats); ¼ Carbohydrates (bread, rice, potatoes etc) and ½ of your plate should be fruits and veggies.
  • Maintain your schedule as much as possible. Even if you can’t go to the gym, go for a walk, do some basic calisthenics, play outside with the kids etc – just stay active.

In the end, it is all about portions. This is not a time to start a diet or worry about dieting. On average, people can gain 0-5 pounds between now and New Year’s. This isn’t a lot, but over time it can add up. With these simple tips you can enjoy a wonderful Holiday to be truly thankful for.


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Author: tammyjuco

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