Tips to survive Thanksgiving
Thursday November 23, 2017
1. Eat a good breakfast. Start the day off by putting good nutrition in your body. The idea of “saving space for later” isn’t real, though we also wish it would be. Actually, by not eating breakfast, your body realizes it needs to save energy and therefore slows your metabolism down (we are ancestors of cavemen who would go long periods of time without eating, so our bodies learned how to stay alive!) This slowing of your metabolism will hurt you more than skipping breakfast will help you when it comes to the big meal. Aim for protein to keep you fuller longer. Idea: egg scramble with 2 eggs/egg whites, tomatoes, zucchini, onions, and a piece of toast or side of fruit.
4. Beware of the appetizers. Some of the tiniest appetizers can pack a lot of calories. Its a good idea to never stand in front of the appetizer table. Grab a cocktail plate and pick what you’re going to eat. Your brain feels much more satiated when it sees all of the food you’re eating at once.
5. Stack your plate as full as you like, but never go for seconds. When our brain sees a full plate, it automatically understands how much we ate and we feel fuller when we are done. When we don’t plate our food, and just eat out of the serving dish/go for seconds, our brain does not keep track of that food as easily. Eventually, you will feel that incredibly uncomfortable unbutton your pants feeling, but that usually takes ~20 minutes. Try to plate your food with non-sauced vegetables (green bean casserole doesn’t count), and lean pieces of turkey, then some of your favorites with the rest of the room. Eat your vegetables first, and SLOW, and your brain will stay caught up with you.
6. Enjoy dessert! It’s the Holidays and you’ve earned it, but beware. You can blow a lot of calories on a giant piece of pie. You can save calories, and still really enjoy a smaller piece of pie. If your host insists on giving you a large piece, cut it down into 1/4 of that size on your plate and enjoy your share. It’s much easier to eat less when you can visually see where your end is.
7. Eat slow! One of those things you always here but probably never do. Set your fork down between each bite. Let your brain catch up with you, and enjoy time with your family and friends. Taste your food, I mean really taste it. Each bite! Someone spent a lot of time creating that meal, so be thankful and don’t rush through it.
Common Thanksgiving Foods and their devilish calories: