5 Tips for Staying on Track this Thanksgiving
During Thanksgiving, it's easy to go overboard with the calories and consumption. But eating healthfully on Thanksgiving doesn't mean you have to forgo all your favorite foods. If you've got your eating under control for the majority of the time, go ahead and have a piece of pie — just don't lose control entirely.
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- Eat before you indulge. Don't starve yourself during the early part of Thanksgiving Day, with the idea that you're just "saving room" for all the food, or that this will make it okay for you to overeat later. It's a recipe for overeating. If you're going to a Thanksgiving lunch, be sure you eat breakfast before. If you're going to a dinner, be sure you eat lunch or have a snack in the afternoon.
- Find a turkey trot. If up for the challenge, run a race Thanksgiving morning! Find a turkey trot in your town (they range from a totally doable one-mile to 10K), sign up, and add crossing the finish line to your holiday to-do list.
- Use a smaller plate and skip seconds Stick all those Thanksgiving sides on a smaller plate. research shows it'll help you eat 22 percent fewer calories, while a bigger plate of food may be licked clean, even if we’re not hungry.
- Bust a move. Nothing says family bonding more than a dance party. Gather a group, turn up the tunes, and get the blood flowing. It may help you digest all that stuffing too.
- Give yourself some wiggle-room. At the end of the day, Thanksgiving should be enjoyed with loved ones. Don't stress about enjoying some good food with even better company!