Introduction and Tips
By Rebecca Cline, MS, Dietetic Intern
The day on which we all look forward to stuffing not only the turkey, but also our bellies is right around the corner. As we approach this Thanksgiving holiday and become increasingly eager about the imminent feast, let’s also consider self-control. If your weight is something you are concerned about, focus more on maintaining rather than losing it. It is difficult to say no to all of the delicious offerings around the table and on the counter, so go ahead and enjoy the meal with your family and friends. One bad meal will not make you gain 10 pounds; however, knowing a few self-control tips and healthy recipes will help you relish a Thinner Thanksgiving.
Though many of us tend to adopt a state of absentmindedness and eat to the point of needing to unbutton our pants, let’s look at the bright side of this situation and appreciate the nutritional benefits that come from this feast instead of the gluttonous desires it inspires. There are several great nutrients that our favorite dishes provide, so do not be afraid to nourish your body with a little bit of everything this year. As it is encouraged to eat a variety of vitamins and minerals, it is also extremely easy to overindulge on these foods. Here are some tips to help control overeating during your Thanksgiving Day meal:
- Eat breakfast. Knowing that you will be consuming a big meal later, eating something in the morning will curb that “starving” feeling that tends to make you binge at meals.
- Take smaller portions of each dish or side.
- Stock up on the vegetables. These will be lower in calories.
- Drink lots of water to help you feel fuller.
- Savor the flavor. Eat slowly and be mindful of what you are consuming.
Remember to be realistic this Thanksgiving. Enjoy your food, and enjoy the friends and family with whom you are sharing your holiday. This meal is meant to be enjoyed with good company, so go ahead and eat that dessert, too! Use the tips above for self-control and be sure to listen to your body’s cues on feeling full.
Whether you are hosting the Thanksgiving Day meal for the entire family or just bringing a dish to a friend’s house, you can prepare your recipes to be just as tasty without all of the calories. After all, who is going to complain about calories if it still tastes just as good? Check out these recipes to help you and your guests avoid excess calories for a Thinner Thanksgiving.
What will be on your plate this holiday? Happy feasting!