Below are tips on how to enjoy Thanksgiving without gaining weight. The information was first seen on NBC. It was written by Julie Fiedler. See the original post here.
No matter how you and your peeps roll for Thanksgiving Day – whether pot luck or one chef cooks all – chances are you and yours are already looking forward to the turkey, stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and whatever else you can’t wait to stuff into your maw on the day of thanks.
After all, you’ve been patient. You’ve waited a year. And now you’re ready. Gluttony, thy name is appreciation.
But why not start a new tradition this year? One that doesn’t find you passed out and flatulent on the sofa vowing never to eat a fourth serving again. How about a tradition that let’s you enjoy good food, good company, and not feel the kicks of an overdue food baby kicking your lower intestine?
Here are 7 tips to help you enjoy Thanksgiving without regretting it later.
1. Get moving. Many cities offer turkey trots on Thanksgiving. These fun-runs are not competitive and offer a great chance to get out and get moving. Imagine the sense of accomplishment you’ll feel when you finally sit down to the feast. You can also go for a long walk with a friend or family member you don’t get to see often. It will give you some great quality time to catch up while burning a few extra calories.
2. Eat well beforehand. This is a two-pronged approach: eating well and eating before. If you go into Thanksgiving dinner on an empty stomach, you are more likely to eat too much too fast and regret it rapidly. If you have a little something during the day, you won’t go into the meal ravenous and determined to stock up for winter. Also, eat well during the day. When you think of Thanksgiving dinner, you usually don’t think of steamed broccoli, crudités or fresh fruits. So use the early part of the day to get those 5 servings of fruits and vegetables in.
3. Wear clothes that fit. Step away from the elastic pants. Put a little thought into your outfit and pick something that you feel great in. Having the esteem boost of a well-fitting outfit will will help you remember not to overdo it.
4. Select and sample. Survey the scene and decide what you most want to eat. Stick with those foods and serve yourself sensible portion sizes. If someone else is in charge and they over-serve, carve out what you’re willing to enjoy.
5. Just say no. Aunt Rose is a tryptophan pusher. She’s relentless. “One more hit of the turkey won’t kill you.” Whatever she’s pushing this Thanksgiving, it’s time to say no. She feeds on guilt and you don’t have to fall prey to her vicious cycle.
6. Slow down. You’ve been waiting a long time for this meal and the urge to treat the final “thanks” as a starting gun for gluttony is common. Relax. There’s enough food. Enjoy. Take time to appreciate how everything is presented. (You can even compliment Aunt Rose on her spectacular cranberry sauce, which will soften her up for later when you insist that you’ve had plenty.) Enjoy the smells of the table. When you take a bite, savor the flavor and texture. Put your fork down and taste each bite. Chew slowly. It is not a race.
7. Sip tea. You can curb your appetite and sweet tooth by sipping on fall-flavored teas like cinnamon, pumpkin spice, or apple cider. Just remember not to add too much sugar!
8. Practice. It’s not for everyone, but some people enjoy a mini-pre-Thanksgiving meal before the real deal. Not only can they try out new recipes, but they can also get it out of their system that this is the one time of year that they get to enjoy some of their favorite foods.
Having a plan can help take the edge off of the urge to gorge. Try to be thankful for more than elastic pants this year.