Written by: Katie Andres
Each year Thanksgiving gives the perfect excuse to over indulge and eat all the desserts that you’ve been craving, because “that’s what’s the holiday is all about!” Don’t get me wrong, I love the food this holiday brings to my plate just as much as everyone else. I’m just writing this to give some tips on how to get through this holiday while still focusing on your health goals, feeling good about your eating, and possibly help you avoid that uncomfortable feeling where you have to unbutton your pants by the end of the meal.
I present to you, The Thanksgiving Day Survival Guide:
- Portion control is a MUST. Since Thanksgiving dinner typically involves a turkey and about 1,000 sides, try to limit the serving sizes you put on your plate.
- EAT SLOWLY. Put your fork down every now and then, enjoy the company, and engage in conversation. If you’re eating too fast, you’re not really enjoying the food and then you don’t realize how full you actually are.
- Listen to your body. If you’re eating slowly, this will be much easier to do. Eat until you’re satisfied and not until you’re full. This will help you avoid that uncomfortable, unbutton your pants feeling I mentioned earlier.
- If you’re already following a nutrition plan, go easy on yourself. Remember, this is a holiday. It’s okay to have a couple bites of pumpkin pie or cranberry jelly. Just keep in mind that portion control thing we talked about earlier. 😉
- Keep your goals in mind. If you’re working on a fitness or health goal already, don’t blow it because of one day. Like I said in tip #4, it’s okay to have a couple bites of your favorite dessert, but don’t go overboard. Know your limits, if you don’t think you can eat just a couple bites without eating the entire thing, then don’t eat it at all.
I hope you find this helpful. On Black Friday (11/29) I’ll be offering a deal to anyone who signs up for Nutrition Coaching with me on that day, so if that’s something you or someone you know is interested in then reach out to me in the comments below. 🙂