Healthy Thanksgiving Dinner Tips to Prevent the Dreaded Belt Unbuckling
Weight Loss
Morgan Medeiros MSc
November 19, 2018

Healthy Thanksgiving Dinner TipsLove Thanksgiving but dread the after effects?

We’ve got five easy tips to help make your Thanksgiving a little healthier, minus the sacrifices and scary low fat gravy recipes!

1. Holiday Is Singular!

A single day of indulgence is unlikely to mess up your healthy schedule.

An entire week or month (or ahem- three) of indulgences and comfort eating, on the other hand?

That’s a different story.

Many of us fall into the trap of the “holidays”, treating ourselves all season rather than focusing on the holiday itself. Make the holidays special again my limiting treats up until the big day.

2. Forgo Extras

If you’re throwing store bought rolls into your cart, consider skipping them altogether. Most Thanksgiving feasts are so plentiful in side dishes that you don’t need additional add ons. Stick to the basics, and you’ll be less tempted to overfill your plate.

3. Skip the Snack Foods

Don’t pre-game with snacks and appetizers during the parade or afternoon football festivities!

While it’s tempting to make snack mix or other finger foods, these little tidbits don’t just take more time to prepare, they also add up to more than you may have bargained in terms of calories.

4. Employ The Rule of One!

Stick with a single dessert variety, rather than featuring an entire dessert lineup. Oftentimes, this creates additional temptation.

While you might reason that a small slice of three different pies is no different than a medium slice of a single pie, most of us end up overindulging when there’s more than one option available.

5. Sharing Is Caring!

In a season where we tout the importance of giving, consider gifting your leftovers to other guests! The amount of leftovers most of us eat for days after the big event only compounds the caloric intake of the big day.

Morgan Medeiros is a certified nutritionist, holding a both a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition. Morgan completed her undergraduate education at Central Washington University, and her graduate education at Northeastern University. During her time as a graduate student, Morgan focused her area of expertise in health education, weight management, and behavioral change. Morgan has experience working in areas of nutritional neuroscience and disease prevention, obesity prevention, and weight loss. Morgan also works in areas of nutritional analysis and menu labeling for restaurants, where she is able to creatively bridge her interest in food culture and health education. In her free time, Morgan enjoys traveling, reading, writing, running, and spending time with her family and friends (including- most importantly- her dog, Clyde).

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