Curb Your Stuffing: Healthy Techniques for Turkey Day

Thanksgiving is the kick-off to the holiday season that everyone looks forward to all year. It is where you can sit around with your friends and family and enjoy some turkey and football. Thanksgiving is only once a year, so why not splurge? Gaining weight is expected during the holiday season. But Thanksgiving does not have to totally ruin your weight and make the scale shoot up. With a little conscious effort, you can satisfy your Thanksgiving cravings while leaving the table feeling guilt-free.

First, start out by producing a calorie deficit by getting up and getting active. If you can make the time to burn off some extra calories in the weeks before Thanksgiving, and especially the day of, it will benefit greatly when you indulge in your favorite treats.

Another technique is eating breakfast. While it may sound smarter to skip breakfast to save calories for the rest of the day, eating a small meal in the morning can give you more control over your appetite and what you eat. A good example of a pre-Thanksgiving breakfast would be an egg and a piece of whole wheat toast, or a small bowl of whole-grain cereal. This small little meal is the perfect thing to keep you from being overly hungry before the huge meal, and over filling your plate.

Portion control is another critical component when you are trying to manage the amount of food you are consuming. Thanksgiving tables are overflowing with family favorites, but before you dive in to fill up your plate, survey the table and then make your decision of what you are going to choose. Taking this small, critical step in deciding what to eat can save you mega calories. This also gives you the conscious mind to select reasonable portion sizes. Even though you are trying to manage your food, don’t skip out on the traditional holiday favorites that come once a year, just eat smaller portions of them. Seconds can be deadly for the calorie count, so instead of rushing back to the table, take your time eating, and maybe have a delectable dessert instead of a full second plate.

The holiday season is my favorite time of the year, but I also dread it because I know that the weight can come as well, but it doesn’t have to!!!! Keep a rational head on your shoulders this holiday season and make smarter, healthier decisions instead of throwing the scale out the window. The holidays don’t have to ruin your diet or healthy lifestyle.

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