Can Thanksgiving really be delicious and without gaining weight? Yes!
Here are some tips to help keep the extra pounds off this holiday season.
- Eat mindfully and enjoy each bite, recognize when your feeling full.
Sitting in front of a T.V. during your meal essentially 'turns your brain off' and you begin to 'mindless eat' therefore leading to overeating, and possibly an uncomfortable feeling the rest of the day.
- Stick to smaller portions, espcially if there are many foods to try.
Think about using a smaller plate to keep from overloading on calories. It also helps to skip seconds and opt for the healthier choices like lean meats for protein, and raw/cooked veggies without the dressings.
- Plan to exercise.
Take a walk before or after your meal with the whole family. Make exercise a planned activity for everyone, like tag football, walking the dogs, or frisbee.
- Have more then one meal.
Eat a healthy breakfast so you don't starve before the big meal and end up over eating.
- Watch out for dressings.
Nutrient wise, that is where many foods can be ruined if you're watching calories this season. When possible, think of using freebies such as mustard, and hot sauce.
A few favorite foods to look out for this season include pumkin pie, because lets face it who only has one piece! 1 slice: 323 calories, 13 grams fat, 25 grams sugar.
Pecan pie: 541 calories, 22 grams fat, 33 grams sugar.
Green bean casserole: 1 cup (since when does anyone serve one cup?) 230 calories, 10 grams fat, 25 grams carbs.