Thanksgiving can be one of the hardest times of the year for someone starting his or her journey to a healthy living. It’s not hard to understand the struggle, seeing that it’s a holiday based around giant meals, and wearing our “fat pants” to dinner. It doesn’t have to be this way, and just like the rest of life, Thanksgiving can be enjoyed thoroughly in moderation and by making the best choices available. Here are 6 tips that can help you stay on track this upcoming Turkey Day.
- Don’t Starve Yourself: Eat your normal healthy breakfast, or a small filling but smart snack before your get-together. If you’re starving, you’re more likely to lose control at the food buffet.
- Thankful For The Healthy Choices: Thanksgiving meals actually do have some excellent choices. Turkey white meat is an excellent staple for your plate. It’s lean and full of protein. Sweet potatoes are another great choice as long as they aren’t loaded in butter, marshmallows, or brown sugar. Cranberries, salad, apples, broccoli, pumpkin, and even red wine are also popular Thanksgiving staples that you can enjoy without much damage. If you are hosting Thanksgiving or bringing a dish, there are tons of healthy recipes out there for you to prepare yourself!
- Treat Yourself “A Little”: It’s a holiday, so enjoy the foods you love, but in moderation. After you fill up your plate (and your belly) with the best choices, take a small sampling of the mac and cheese, the apple pie, the mashed potatoes. A few bites aren’t going to break your diet – just don’t let it spiral into a binge-fest.
- Ignore Peer Pressure: Your family members likely slaved away over their pies and casseroles, and might take it personally when you’re not inhaling their creations. Smile and politely thank them for their hard work, and sample it if you want, but remember that what you eat isn’t showing up on their waistline so make sure you take control of your intake.
- Don’t Be A Couch Potato: Instead of lying down after the meal to watch the game, get outside and play a game of touch football with your family. It doesn’t have to be a full-out workout today, but moving even just a little will go a long way.
- No Thanksgiving Friday: Make your next meal after your Thanksgiving meal a healthy one. Don’t worry about too many calories. It’s more important to get right back into your good habits.