Thanksgiving. It’s a time for giving thanks, counting blessings and feeling grateful. What are the things I’m most grateful for? Family, healthy, wealth, rest, life’s blessings and food.
The things I’m not so grateful for? Food coma, stomach ache, bloating and all the extra pounds that I swear I’ll lose come January.
Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pie…oh my! Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pie…oh my! I love Thanksgiving, but I don’t love that it’s become a holiday focused so much on food and Black Friday shopping too. Whoever started the trend of opening stores on Thanksgiving by the way should be turkey fried. But I digress..Thanksgiving should be a time to relax, reflect, spend time with family, count blessings and give thanks. You can do those things sans a food coma and fit into your skinny jeans the next day with these 7 Tips to Avoid Overeating on Thanksgiving.
Yes, Thanksgiving is a holiday but not an excuse to gorge. People’s perception of Thanksgiving may be correlated heavily to food. It should be viewed as another day, another meal. Sometimes changing behavior (i.e. how much we eat) means changing the way we think first.
Do you eat when you’re stressed? Bored? When a lot of food is staring you in the face? Eat me! Eat me! Figuring out what your triggers are for eating is invaluable. Make a list of things that sabotage your eating habits and work to stop them with these tips.
This may be a no brainer, but starving yourself all day in anticipation for turkey time is not the thing to do. Restrictive eating will cause you to overeat and you’ll hate yourself for it later. Eat a solid breakfast to jump to start the metabolism engine in the morning then munch on healthy snacks into the afternoon and for lunch (hummus & veggies, apples & nut butter, a smoothie, lunch meat, a small salad, etc.). Most importantly stay well hydrated throughout the day by getting plenty of H2O. We often mistake hunger for dehydration. The fluids will keep you feeling full too.
Do a Turkey Trot, go to the gym or for a walk on Thanksgiving. Activity not only delays hunger but also will distract you from the food temptations. Plus being active is a great way to mentally reflect, decompose & really figure out what you’re most grateful for. Not all individuals are healthy enough to be physically active. That’s something in and of itself to be grateful for.
Fill your plate shamelessly full of baked vegetables and salad first. They’re lower in calories(you get a lot of food for very few calories) and the fiber will fill you up keeping you feeling satisfied longer. This will prevent you from eating too much of the more calorie dense foods and grazing later on.
“Healthify” Traditional Dishes
Upgrade your favorite traditional dishes with lighter ingredients and substitutions. Look outside traditional Thanksgiving dishes for healthy and delicious alternatives. As always, the key is to cook foods you like and will eat so you do not feel deprived.
Some easy & delicious alternatives:
- Parsnip Carrot Mash for Mashed Potatoes
- Spicy Pumpkin Spaghetti Squash Pasta for Green Bean Casserole
- GF Zucchini Fritter Muffins or Vegan Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins for Dinner Rolls
- No Bean Pumpkin Hummus for Vegetable Dip
Eat Desert for Breakfast
Yes, desert for breakfast. The rationale being eating desert early in the day gives you the rest of the day to burn it off. Studies have shown that eating desert for breakfast can aid in weight loss.Who needs a reason to eat desert for breakfast anyway?
Bring on the deserts!
- Pumpkin Coconut Pancakes
- Pumpkin Chocolate Espresso Bites
- Pumpkin Chocolate Paleo Bars
- Pumpkin Almond Chocolate Muffins
- Pumpkin Blueberry Chocolate Chip Cashew Muffins
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