Thinner Thanksgiving Tips
The holidays are a time of overindulgence and for many hiding behind cozy sweaters and jeans make it even easier to hide extra pounds. On Thanksgiving, especially, food is plentiful and it may be tempting to overeat and be sedentary all day. While it is okay to give into cravings now and then, the last thing that you want to do is feel guilty the next day.
The following are a few Thanksgiving fitness and nutrition tips that will help save you from a holiday food hangover:
Plan Ahead: Planning ahead is important to keep yourself on track and to avoid giving in to temptation. On Thanksgiving Day plan your meals based on the events of your day and remember not to arrive anywhere hungry! Having a healthy, balanced breakfast is important. And spacing out your meals will help you stay on track. If you go in without a plan, then you are less likely to stick to any sort of healthy eating plan, whether it is in relation to your food choices or the quantity of food that you eat.
Take a Walk: After your Thanksgiving meal take a walk outside. It is a great way to get fresh air and you can recruit others to come along with you. Even if it is cold outside, you can still bundle up even if it is just for a quick walk around the block. You can also offer to take the dog for a walk or the kid’s to the playground. You will feel great after a brisk walk and won’t feel as sluggish after consuming a big meal.
Watch Portions: With so many choices, it is easy to fill your plate and go back for more. But if you want to make smarter choices, then start by watching your portion sizes. If you choose small portion sizes, then you will be able to try several sides and get a taste for everything. One or two spoonful’s may be enough and load up on fresh vegetables, salad (not the kind with the creamy dressing) and even roasted turkey. If possible, also limit yourself to one plate and resist the temptation to go back for seconds, or even thirds.
Focus on Your Food: During the holidays we are surrounded by family and friends and distractions are at a maximum. This can lead to mindless eating which turns into consuming more calories than you realize. When you are eating your meal, focus on what you are eating. Sit down if you can and avoid walking around the room and chatting while you eat. If you focus on what you are eating you are more likely to eat slower and to recognize when you are full. This will help you avoid going back for more food.
Limit Alcohol Consumption: As we all know alcohol lowers inhibitions which can lead to making unwise choices, such as overindulging in food. If you limit yourself to one or two alcoholic beverages then you are more likely to stick with your plan and not overeat.
Prepare Food Yourself: If you are celebrating at someone else’s home and you are not able to make all of the food yourself, then at least offer to make one or two sides. You can prepare healthier versions of classic sides and fill up on those during your meal. You can save hundreds of calories by preparing common Thanksgiving dishes in healthier ways. Look online for ideas on ways to prepare your favorite dishes and you will be surprised at how easy it is to save calories and how delicious the food tastes!
Regroup the Next Day: Even if you make a plan, watch your portions and follow each of these tips to the T, it is likely that you will still overindulge a bit. You won’t know what ingredients are in all of the foods and it is likely that your meal will still be high in calories. In order to combat the effects of your Thanksgiving feast, regroup the day after. Choose healthy, fresh foods at each meal and take some time out to exercise. While it may be easier to eat leftovers and relax, you will feel much better if you move your body and fill it with healthy, nutrient rich food. If you do this you are less likely to feel he effects of overindulgence or gain weight.
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