Easy Tricks To Eat Well And Stay Fit On Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is one of the few days of the year where we allow ourselves to indulge in some of our favorite homemade dishes. From turkey and mashed potatoes to stuffing and pumpkin pie, many of our Thanksgiving menus are packed with calorie pitfalls. And while it's never fun to be a stickler about your strict diet during holiday celebrations, maintaining some discipline during Thanksgiving can help set the tone for the rest of your holiday season and make sure you don't veer off track in the time it takes to change Thanksgiving table decorations to Christmas. Trying to stick to your diet on Turkey Day? Check out these tips to help you survive the holiday meal.
Most Important Meal
Part of the reason why we pack in the calories during Thanksgiving meals is because we try to save our appetites throughout the day. Starving ourselves so that we can enjoy more of those signature family dishes almost guarantees we'll be overeating when dinner is served. If you're planning to eat later in the day, it's essential to get some food in your stomach. For starters, it will get your metabolism in gear for the day, as well as save you from second helpings later on.
Pick Your Plate Size
Trying to cut back on the amount of tasty food we eat during the holidays isn't an easy task, but there are several little things you can do to trim calories and save you from stomachaches. That plate you use to make your rounds on the Turkey Day buffet can make a big difference. You can make sure you control your portions by using a smaller plate. It won't stop you from loading up on seconds, but it will help you maintain portion control. Another easy solution is to set up your spread away from the dinner table, or feature healthier dishes at the table and within reach.
Take Your Time
We all know it takes time for our stomach to tell our brain that we've had enough to eat. Most of us don't make the connection that eating slower means chewing more. Chewing more means chewing more thoroughly, and chewing thoroughly can help digestion. Not only will taking your time with that first plate give your stomach more time to tell your brain it's full before you start thinking about your second plate, chewing more will improve digestion and help your stomach absorb nutrients a little more efficiently. It's a trick worth trying out, even after Thanksgiving.
Side Dish Saviors
If you're heading over to a friend or family member's house for Thanksgiving dinner, you might not have much control over the menu. You'll have no way to know if healthier ingredients have been used, but having that go-to side dish you can fill up on to keep you away from that second helping of starches and sugars is as easy as bringing it yourself. It's always a good idea to check with whoever is hosting the meal to make sure you aren't stepping on their toes, but a majority of Thanksgiving cooks will appreciate you taking a couple dishes off their plate.
Enjoy The Outdoors
Staying fit and sticking to your diet isn't entirely about the food you're putting in your body. It's also about the amount of exercise you're getting during the day. Even if you're not planning on holding back at the table during Turkey Day, you can still bring some balance to the holiday with a little exercise. For many of us, November is the last month we'll be able to enjoy the outdoors before winter. Take advantage of a nice Thanksgiving Day by exercising or participating in a fun Turkey Trot.
One of the best parts about making a huge Thanksgiving meal for the entire family is being able to enjoy all those delicious leftovers during the rest of the weekend. But for those of us making an effort to stay fit during the holiday weekend, stretching Thanksgiving side dishes and dessert options can put a dent in our holiday fitness goals. A little trick you can easily pull off is to make more portions of the healthy dishes and a little less of the unhealthy dishes. On the bright side, some of the major Thanksgiving dishes are already pretty healthy, like the leftover turkey that's perfect for sandwiches.
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