Thanksgiving only comes around once a year, so why not go ahead and splurge? Because gaining weight during the holiday season is not a loving way to treat your body or your emotional happiness. Every year millions of us eat a meal large enough for 2-3 dinners, all in the name of being grateful — and it’s almost become expected that people eat a Thanksgiving meal that is so large, they have to lay down and take a nap after eating, because they are so bloated from all of the food they consumed.
Thanksgiving does not have to sabotage your weight. With mindful eating, you can still enjoy your traditional favorites and have a guilt free Thanksgiving meal. Being stuffed is a great idea, but only if you are the turkey!
Here are a few tips to keep you on track during Thanksgiving:
- Create a calorie deficit by exercising in the morning, to burn off extra calories before you ever indulge in your favorite foods. Take a walk, a run, whatever your favorite exercise is and do it.
Are you making the meal or bringing a dish to share? Make your recipes healthier with less fat, sugar, and calories. No one will notice the difference.
A few suggestions for shaving calories:
- Use fat-free chicken broth to baste the turkey and make gravy.
- Use sugar substitutes in place of sugar and/or fruit purees instead of oil in baked goods.
- Reduce oil and butter anywhere possible
- Try plain yogurt or fat-free sour cream in creamy dips, mashed potatoes, and casseroles.
Don’t waste your calories on foods that you can have all year long — be cautious of what you are putting into your mouth. Skip the second helpings — the leftovers will be there tomorrow.
Remember the true spirit of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is not just about the delicious food. It’s a time to celebrate relationships with family and friends. A time to express your gratitude for your health.