The holidays are about relaxing and spending time with friends and family. But let’s not fool ourselves… they are also about eating. Holiday meals are a tradition for many families and we all look forward to them. But unfortunately, many of us also end up putting on a few extra pounds on Turkey Day. If you’re looking to eat a little healthier this year, here are a few tips.
Bring Your Own Dish
One of the best ways to eat healthy on Thanksgiving is to make a healthy dish and bring it to the party. Try these suggestions from Delish.com for healthier options.
Keep Away from the Munchies
During the holidays, snack foods will likely be out and available at all times. Nuts, chips, candies and more may tempt you at every turn. Be conscious of that temptation and keep them an arm’s length away, or simply avoid them altogether.
On Thanksgiving Day, many people will skip breakfast to save room for the big meal. Don’t do that. Eat breakfast to prevent overeating later in the day. You’ll still be able to enjoy your Thanksgiving favorites, but you’ll get full faster if you’ve eaten in the morning.
Control Your Portion Size
On Thanksgiving Day our eyes are always bigger than our stomachs. First, wait for all the food to be on the table. People who make their choices all at once will eat less than those who refill their plates when new dishes are passed around. Second, try and take a sensible portion of food so you don’t end up eating too much. You can accomplish this by using a smaller plate. Use a salad or dessert plate instead of a dinner plate so you take less. When you are selecting food, look to fill your plate with lower calorie items, such as vegetable dishes, salad, and lean meats.
Track What You Eat
Before Turkey Day, consider writing down what you eat and how many calories you consume in a food diary. Tracking what you eat will help you stay committed to your goal, especially during the holidays. There are also a variety of apps available that can also help you keep track, like My Fitness Pal.
Hopefully, you are in the habit of exercising, but if not, consider working out now, before the holidays, to get into a routine. Start with just a 10 to15 workout a day to help maintain your fitness. When Turkey Day does come, fight the urge to nap after the big meal and exercise instead. Go for a walk with a family member, or play some basketball or flag football with the kids to work off that turkey!