How to cope? Here are some healthy-foodie ideas for a Thanksgiving without guilt or remorse.
1. Eat a full breakfast and a light lunch. Don't "save up" for the big meal--you'll be famished, a perfect recipe for overindulgence.
2. Take a walk before dinner,
weather permitting. Even if the weather isn't all that great, get off
your duff for at least a half hour of exercise--more if at all possible.
It can be before noon, while the turkey is in the oven, or during
half-time if you're involved in watching football. Find the time!
3. Lay off the booze until dinner is served.
Pre-dinner alcohol lowers your inhibitions and leads to useless extra
calories, not just in the drinks themselves but also in snacks you'll
likely add on.
4. Decide in advance whether and how much wine or other alcoholic beverages you will drink. Then pace yourself so you can stick within your pre-set limits.
5. Eat only your favorite dishes, and pass on the others. Pick only one out of these three: mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and bread stuffing/dressing. Easy on the gravy, too!
6. Wait at least a half hour between dinner and dessert.
If this requires a request to your hostess before the meal, go ahead
and ask. If you have no influence over the timing, step away from the
table and come back later. Make up an excuse if you need to. Waiting for
dessert is crucial--your brain will have time to get the message from
your full stomach, and you won't want as much dessert, or maybe not any.
7. Pick one dessert or very small portions of more than one.
8. Take a walk after dinner.
fat-producing, health-sabotaging culprits in this meal are alcoholic
drinks, gravy, sauces (such as that superfluous stuff people put on
green beans at TG), toppings (I'm thinking of marshmallows on sweet
potatoes, horrors) and desserts. Minimize those!
larger portions of turkey (especially the white meat), baked potatoes,
roasted root vegetables, green veggies with as little sauce as possible,
salads without mayonnaise, fruit salads, and just a little bit of
cranberry sauce (too much sugar).
We have so
much to be grateful for, including the amazing bounty that makes not
eating too much such a concern. On Thanksgiving Day, let's appreciate
the love in our lives, our family and friends, the pleasure of sharing
this wonderful meal--and eat mindfully while we're at it.
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