Thanksgiving is time to be grateful and spend time with our loved ones, however the festivities tend to add a few extra pounds to our waistline. To help avoid tipping the scale this holiday season, follow these healthy Thanksgiving tips:
Eat small, before you eat big- There is no greater temptation than a buffet full of delicious Thanksgiving dishes. Eating something small an hour before meal time will fill your stomach just enough so you won’t pile your plate too high. Stick to your normal, daily routine to keep your blood sugar level.
Hit the gym before you eat- Even a quick 15 minute workout can help release endorphins and increase your metabolism. Don’t have time for the gym? Get outside for a walk or play a game of tag with your kids. Something is better than nothing!
Take your time eating- Slow-down and enjoy every bite. Try setting down your fork after each bite and chewing thoroughly. Also, drink a glass of water or milk with your meal, to fill you up. Listen to your body and ask yourself if you’re full and satisfied.
Limit leftovers- We know this is the best part, but limiting leftovers will help you not to overindulge later on. Limit left overs to a few healthier items, such as: turkey and vegetables. It is important to keep healthy foods around in order to be successful, when it comes to your eating habits.
Use a smaller plate- Try using a salad plate instead of a full size dinner plate. If there is less food on your plate, you are likely to eat less food. You’ll be surprised how full you actually feel after eating off a smaller plate.
Participate in a Turkey Trot- Joining a Turkey Trot can also serve as a fun group activity for the family, because the events are family-friendly and allow all ages to participate.
In your living in the Vancouver area check out the Granville Island Turkey Trot. This 10km run takes place Monday October 9th, with a 1km kids run on the Sunday. Register soon it tends to sell out.
Drink water all weekend long. Drink plenty of water. Alcohol and coffee can dehydrate your body. Drink calorie-free water to help fill up your stomach and keep you hydrated. Drinking water also helps curb overeating.
HEALTHY Thanksgiving substitutes:
- Ingredients is a great place to find healthy fruits and vegetables.
- Reduce the amount of oil and butter used in your recipes.
- Try fat-free and lower sodium broths.
- Use a natural sweetener instead of sugar where possible.
- Use almond milk and other non-dairy milk to save on fat and calories and increase nutrition.
- Opt for roasted and steamed veggies instead of fried.
- Use super-healthy sweet potatoes instead of regular white potatoes.
- Substitute sour cream with fat free plain yogurt
- Replace soda with water
- Eat white meat instead of dark meat of the Turkey
If you are anything like me….. you may eat too much and needed to lay on the floor after. Don’t get discouraged with yourself, accept that you had a great meal and move forward. Long-term success is a journey littered with holidays and celebrations. Jump right back into the swing of your normal routine, and remember you’ve got to live a little too.