Oh dear, Thanksgiving is almost here. How will you SURVIVE the onslaught of holiday food? With a little planning and foresight you do not have to gain weight this holiday season.
- Think “how do I want to feel after this meal, party, buffet, etc.?” Do I want to feel stuffed and bloated or light and energetic?”
- When trying to maintain or even lose weight 95% of your diet should be about nourishing your body with healthy, food and 5% should be because it is JOYFUL! Foods like your mother’s homemade apple pie. On special holidays like Thanksgiving focus on these foods and skip the ones you can eat any time of the year.
- Keep the focus on the people and not the food. Enjoy your children, grandchildren and those cousins you only see once a year.
- Move away from the food and get outside for a brisk walk or a game of touch football.
- Avoid mindless eating by not standing near the appetizer table or the chip bowl. Sip a glass of cool water or chew gum to keep your hands and mouth busy.
- Limit yourself to one trip to the buffet.
- Remember the food is not leaving the planet. You can have turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie again.
- Put your utensils down between bites and focus on the company. You don’t have to have seconds or thirds just to finish it up.
- Do not sit down to your holiday dinner absolutely starving. Have a small snack a couple of hours before the feast, i.e., an apple and a slice of low-fat cheese. This ensures that you are hungry but not famished.
- Make sure not to fill up on too many appetizers and be too full to enjoy the meal.
- Bring your own healthy appetizer that you can nibble on like fresh veggies and hummus.
- Watch those alcoholic calories. Avoid cocktails with sugary mixers and stick to a 5 oz glass of wine for about 120 calories or a light beer.
- Do not nibble while cleaning up and do not bring leftovers home if they will call your name in the middle of the night. Tell yourself, I can have this food again. No need for a “last supper!”
With these simple strategies you can have your turkey and eat it too without worrying what the scale will show the next day.