Thanksgiving is almost here. We so look forward to this day, eating, socializing with family and friends, and eating! The biggest thing about Thanksgiving is the feast but for some, this is the worst time of year. Those battling the bulge find Thanksgiving challenging because of all of the delicious and salivating dishes.
Watching your weight may be difficult to enjoy the holiday because once you fall off of the diet wagon your weight gain may not be far behind trying to catch up. The amount of food Americans consume on Thanksgiving may very well compare to the amount of food on the first Thanksgiving event that lasted for seven days.
The irony is the first Thanksgiving consisted of foods like vegetables and fruits but today that can sometimes be a minimal side dish to dressings, mac and cheese, and the irresistible desserts. Here the suggestion for today’s Thanksgiving is to eat more vegetables and fruit in order to minimize or avoid weight gain. Instead of putting aside diets for that one day, there are ways to enjoy yourself eating. So here are ways to enjoy Thanksgiving and stay, not only guilt-free but decry weight gain:
- Do not skip breakfast. Eat light even if it’s just toast and a beverage.
- When preparing your dinner try using lighter ingredients, for instance, 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 wherever you can.
- Try plain yogurt or fat-free sour cream in creamy dips, mashed potatoes, and casseroles. www.webmd.com
- Eat at a slower pace. Savor each bite and flavor. It will last longer and trick your mind into thinking you’ve eaten more.
- Drink lots of water for the full effect
- Load up on vegetables.
- If you like turkey, eat it . . . turkey is healthy and gives you a full effect.
- If you’re having dinner at a family or friends’ home, eat something healthy like vegetables or fruit before you go to avoid overeating. Try to stay away from the desserts. If you simply cannot resist, eat half of what you want. A small portion can satisfy that craving.
- Try to stay stress-free. Stress often causes overeating. To alleviate stress, try cooking days ahead so that you can enjoy your family and friends or the football game.
- If you are missing a loved one during this time or you feel overwhelmed for any reason, take a walk, practice deep breathing and pray or meditate. By all means, do not eat to combat your emotions if you can manage.
- Drink plenty of water. Water will allow you to fill full so you eat less. Water will also cleanse for when you do eat.
Thanksgiving is a great time of year to enjoy family and friends. Don’t ruin this special day by being hard on yourself with your diet. Try the above tips, eat in moderation, and enjoy yourself.