Thanksgiving is easily one of the most anticipated and indulgent holiday meals of the year. And it’s easy to go overboard and want to go back for second and third helpings of your favorite comfort dishes. The good thing is you can cut yourself some slack and enjoy some of your favorite treats without going nuts on this special day. Below are some tips on how to avoid overeating and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Have a snack: Starving yourself all day so you can save up space for your favorite Thanksgiving dishes? Don’t! One of the easiest things to do is to overindulge when you’re hungry. Don’t skip breakfast or lunch, even if you have to keep it light. And be sure to have a healthy snack and plenty of water before your main meal to prevent you from going overboard.
Eat mindfully: It’s easy to want to immediately jump into your delicious Thanksgiving meal the minute it’s placed in front of you. But before you start digging in, take a moment to appreciate the beauty of it all. How long it took to prepare the food. The delicious smells. The faces of family and friends at the table. The vibrant colors and textures of your meal. When you eat your meal, put your fork down after every bite you take. Then chew each bite at least 10 times. Slowing down like this will help you to slow down, eat less and enjoy your food even more!
Get moving: When all that’s left on the dinner table after Thanksgiving festivities are crumbs, it’s tempting to fall into a food coma and take a nap. But the best thing you can do for your system is get moving. Take a walk around the neighborhood with your family. Maybe play a game of football in the backyard or play with the kids at the park. Put on some music and have a fun family dance contest. Just find an activity that’ll get you moving and you’ll be more interested in that than going back for more dessert.
However you decide to enjoy your Thanksgiving, I hope you’ll take the time to fully appreciate the gratitude and joy of being with family on such a wonderful holiday. If you’d like more tips on how to avoid overeating this Thanksgiving or if you’d like to learn more about how to prepare healthy holiday meals, please contact Right Nutrition Works today. Happy Thanksgiving!
Prajakta Apte, RDN
Right Nutrition Works
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