That infernal day with all the delicious food — and it's a kick off to what usually surmounts to be a month and a half long bender with food and booze that results in a New Year's Resolution to never do it again!
What if we told you there were ways to avoid the cycle without losing the spirit of the holiday? Would that help?
Well strap in, because here are 10 healthy Thanksgiving tips:
Personal pep talk:
Start the day with a little positive thinking; make a strong positive statement of self-belief when you wake-up (e.g., “I can enjoy my Thanksgiving meal without overdoing it.”)
Most important meal:
Slow down and enjoy breakfast – don’t be fooled into thinking that you are “saving your calories” by skipping it. Doing so will actually make you hungrier by dinner and you may end up binging.
Just calm down:
The hustle and bustle of prepping for the holiday, paired with trying to resist temptation can increase your risk for a binge. So sit back and relax!
Practice makes perfect:
Practice low-fat cooking techniques, like baking the stuffing on the side. Buy fresh rather than a self-basted turkey and trade out items like cream and cheese for low-fat or fat free options, or whole eggs for egg whites.
Drink and eat:
Sounds fun, right? It’s simple; stay hydrated and fill up on healthy snacks, like fresh fruits and veggies. Thirst can be mistaken for hunger, so make sure you’re drinking plenty of water so you’re not snacking excessively.
Move a little more by engaging in some fun activities that don’t feel like working out like walking your dog, playing catch with your children, etc. These movements will not only help burn calories, but they will also stave off your appetite and reduce stress.
Be a social butterfly:
Focus on the social aspects of the party and keep busy mingling with friends and family, rather than placing too much emphasis on the food.
Manage your portions – using visual cues is also a great way to control those portions, such as 3 ounces of turkey compares to the size of a deck of cards.
This eating style, developed by healthy-eating expert Dr. Barbara Rolls, and exclusive to the Jenny Craig program, will allow you to add veggies, fruits and whole grains to your day, helping you to feel more satisfied while reducing the number of calories you’re consuming. Not to mention you’ll feel full, longer!
Indulge in a splurge…safely that is! A splurge adds 250 calories, so go ahead and get one larger portion of your favorite Thanksgiving food, whether it’s yams, cranberry sauce or even a glass of your favorite wine.
There you go guys!
Your definitive guide to starting the Holidays right!
We especially like the part about splurging! Yum!
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