Love 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.