6 Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving

It’s only one day a year, so why not splurge? Because putting on weight during the holiday season, and keeping it on, is an American pastime!  Here are 6 tips to help you enjoy your Thanksgiving meal without letting it sabotage your waistline:

1. Eat Breakfast 

While this might seem counterintuitive when you’re trying to save space and calories for the big meal, eating a small breakfast can give you more control over your appetite. Try pairing a protein with something high in fiber like a fried egg with a slice of whole wheat toast.

2. Be Active

Use this day off to do something active that you enjoy! Take a walk, go for a jog, play pickleball, spend some time at the gym. Make exercise a family affair by taking a walk in the morning and after the big meal.

3. Eat Mindfully

Take your time while eating, slowly savoring each bite. Enjoy the food on your plate. Focus on the dinner conversation with friends and family, truly being present in the moment. Eating intuitively will help you avoid becoming uncomfortably full and help you stay in tune with your body, and you can always enjoy that second plate as leftovers the next day! 

4. Pay attention to portions

Let’s face it- who wants to pass up that buttery roll or piece of pumpkin pie, longingly watching from the distance as others pile on the whipped cream. Instead of forgoing the pie all together, take a smaller slice and add less whipped cream. Also, focus on adding some healthy foods to your plate, like eating a salad before the roll.

5. Go easy on the alcohol 

Don’t forget, those alcohol calories can add up quickly! Enjoy flavored sparkling water in between alcoholic beverages so you can stay hydrated and reduce calories.

6. Be realistic

The holidays are a time with more food choices and celebrations. Focus on weight maintenance instead of weight loss. Use this holiday to focus on what you’re truly thankful for and make sure you give yourself some grace! You got this!

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