Did you know that the average American consumes over 4,500 calories at Thanksgiving dinner? Here are our favorite turkey day tips to help you balance indulgence with moderation.
Don’t skip your workout!
Start your Thanksgiving morning with a workout. If you know you’ll probably be overeating that evening, use that as motivation to increase the intensity of your workout and really feel the burn! Physical activity is a great way to get your blood pumping and reduce stress so that you can be at your best (and we know how important that is when family is in town).
Use smaller plates
Make sure to dish out your appetizers on a little plate to keep track of how much you’re eating. Try swapping out the big dishes for smaller plates to control portion sizes at dinner! Using small plates has been shown to reduce calorie consumption, but maintain satisfaction because you still get to eat a full plate. This is a great way to control portions without feeling deprived.
p.s. this is a great diet tip year round!
Veg out…on veggies!
Fill up on veggies first! They are usually the dish on the table containing the lowest amount of calories and fat with the most nutrients. But be aware that many casseroles are made with cream, and creamy is another word for “high fat”….and also delicious! You can still enjoy these yummy dishes, but focus on filling up with lighter greens and spoon out just a little of the cream 🙂 Aim to create a plate that is 1/2 vegetables, 1/4 starch, and 1/4 protein.
And what about those surprising starches? We all know that cornbread and stuffing are starch sources, but what about those carbohydrate loaded veggies? Potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, peas, and squash all count as carbs, so factor that into your serving of starches.
Drink in moderation
It’s not just the food that people tend to consume overindulgently… With all the festive drinks and countless bottles of wine being opened, it can be easy to drink a little too much throughout the holiday season. Not only is alcohol a source of empty calories, but it also lowers inhibition and stimulates appetite, making it really hard to control those urges to reach for a second helping of pumpkin pie (and maybe a third)! Try making a festive holiday sangria that you can enjoy throughout the night without being too buzzed. Mixing your drink with sparkling water, cider, or ginger ale lowers the alcohol content per glass with the same amount of satisfaction.
The holidays are a time to come together around a nice meal with family and friends. But don’t forget what this holiday is really about, giving thanks. Spend time catching up with relatives and playing with the little kids instead of munching away at the snack table. On average, you eat about 3 meals per day, every day for your entire life, but how often do you get to see your relatives that gather for Thanksgiving? The moments you will remember will be the memories you created, not the food you ate.
Have a happy Thanksgiving, we are thankful for all of you!