I’m all about thoroughly enjoying the holidays. I am definitely not one to try to tell anyone to try they should eat healthy on Thanksgiving. It is one day that I do not think anyone should worry about their diet. As bad as it is, it’s a holiday based completely on food, so why not celebrate it to the fullest. However, I will give you a few tips to keep things in control.
- Eat breakfast. Why? Because when you skip breakfast you slow your metabolism, you’ll be starving by the time you actually eat and will want to eat everything, and you’ll have low blood sugar which could be unpleasant for the family and friends you’re with.
- Eat slowly and chew your food. This will help you avoid that overly stuff, bloated feeling. Eating slowly and socializing will allow your brain to receive signals from your stomach that you’re full before you gorge yourself and fall into a food coma. Chewing thoroughly will help you digest your food better, too.
- Fit in some activity. Whether it’s an organized “Turkey Trot” race or a walk around the block with company, a little activity before and/or after your big meal will help off set some of the calories. Walking after eating will also help you digest better.
- Limit appetizers and excess snacking. You can have cheese and crackers any day, save your stomach for the once a year treats and your favorite dishes.
- Skip the skin. Avoiding the skin on the turkey will save you calories and excess fat.
- Lighten it up. Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner, or just making a side dish there are many ways you can lighten them up without compromising flavor. For example, I made a delicious turkey last week for Friendsgiving. I loosely followed this recipe from Eating Well. That recipe uses no butter and just a little bit of oil. You can lessen the amount of butter and oil you use in other dishes too. Use fat-free, low sodium chicken broth to baste your turkey or make gravy. You can make mashed potatoes mixed with mashed cauliflower for less calories and extra fiber. Also, choose low-fat or fat-free dairy products in your creamy dishes.
Overall, just enjoy the day and focus on the real meaning of Thanksgiving. Savor your food, while savoring the company of family and friends.