10 TIPS TO STAY ON TRACK AT THANKSGIVING by Andrea Mathis, Health Coach
Eating often takes center stage at Thanksgiving but that doesn’t mean we have to give up on good health. Check out these tips for a fit and healthy holiday, without sacrificing any flavor or fun.
Exercise!! Get outside for a walk before the festivities. If you’re up for a challenge find a Turkey Trot in your town. Don’t have time to get to the gym, try an at home circuit or Tabata workout, you can complete in less than 20 minutes.
Eat in the morning. skipping breakfast in order to “save your appetite” for dinner probably isn’t the best idea. Not breaking the fast ‘til the afternoon may lead to binging later on.
Make sure to drink water throughout the day to stay hydrated. Not drinking enough H2O could spark hunger pangs, which may actually be thirst.
Cheese and crackers can happen any day of the year. Save your appetite and calorie consumption for dinnertime.
Stick all the 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.
Research shows, how quickly we eat matters too. In one study, fast eaters consumed around three ounces of food per minute, while slowpokes only ate about two ounces. Chewing slowly could mean less calories consumed, so slow it down when digging into the dinner plate.
Be careful with foods that aren’t as healthy as they seem. Green bean casseroles, Gratins, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce may hide sneaky ingredients high in fat and sugar.
Unfortunately, calories from alcohol can sneak up on us during the holidays. Choose between the alcohol or dessert.
Wait 20 minutes (the approximate time it takes to feel full) before filling up the dinner plate again. Unless you’re really hungry, save some food for leftovers.
The holidays shouldn’t be about restricting certain foods—just try to enjoy them in moderation.
Make sure to get seven to nine hours of sleep the night before Thanksgiving. Not getting enough sleep could amp up appetite levels the following day.