It’s that time of the year again for food, family, fun, and entertainment.Â Not only is Thanksgiving the most traveled holiday of the year, it’s also theÂ holidayÂ that hasÂ the most food and caloriesÂ consumed in one day.Â Â It’s ok to enjoy yourself, but here are some helpful tipsÂ toÂ avoid overindulging:
IfÂ YOUÂ ARE HOSTING:
Try to use high-impact flavors such as fresh herbs, spices, and seasonal fruits and vegetables.Â This takes theÂ place of usingÂ moreÂ fattening seasonings/additives such asÂ butter, cream, and salt.
Try to refrain from “sampling” too muchÂ foodÂ during prep-time and hosting.Â Too much sampling canÂ become the equivalent of a meal if you aren’t careful.Â Try snacking on fruits and/or veggies in the meantime.Â If you remain active and busyÂ you will more likely forget theÂ urge toÂ “nibble” onÂ everything while losing a few calories in the process.
Don’t wait too long to eat.Â Prolonged hunger usually results inÂ overeating.Â So assignÂ a co-host who canÂ fill in for youÂ while you relax for a whileÂ and enjoy the great meal you prepared.
IF YOU ARE A GUEST:
To keep yourself fromÂ eating too much on Thanksgiving day,Â eat light at least an hour before.Â Snacks such as frï»¿uit, nuts, celery with peanut butter, and salad with vinigrette dressing are good lightweight snacksÂ that areÂ very low in calories and fat.
Fix smaller portions to avoid overeating.Â Â Resist the urge to pile too much food onto your plateï»¿.Â The best way to enjoy a little bit of everything isÂ by making yourÂ portion sizes at most 1/4Â cup.Â Your proteins should measure at about the size of a Blackberry phoneÂ and your starches about the size of a tennis ball.Â Reserve the largest portion on your plateÂ for veggies.
Transform “seconds” into a plate “to go.”Â Nothing better thanÂ having Thanksgiving leftovers the next day.Â By doing so you are breaking up yourÂ food consumption andÂ avoiding too much fatÂ and calorie intakeÂ in one sitting.
If your sweet tooth has gotten the best of you, go ahead and indulge.Â But indulging on half (or even 1/4)Â of the dessert is better than a whole whopping piece of pie or cake.
The most important tip to remember is to keep it moving! Whether youÂ walk or jog around the neighborhood, exercise will keep you from feeling guilty about enjoying your meal.Â Happy eating!