Thanksgiving is right around the corner and most of us are guilty of eating until we are in a “food coma”. I want to provide 8 tips that may help you stay on track this year with your weight loss goals!
1. First, lets consider why we actually celebrate Thanksgiving. Last time I checked it was not to support gluttony but to give thanks for all the blessings in your life. Try and focus on building relationships with the people you are spending this holiday with and give less focus on the actual food provided. Life is about relationships, not food.
2. Portion control will be your best friend. I know there are many delicious foods that your aunt Sally made that you can’t wait to get your hands on but to be able to try them all you must help yourself to small servings.
3. Eat healthy foods first so you are more likely to fill up on protein and veggies before indulging in the sweets and heavy fats. I always start with a healthy serving of turkey since it is high protein, low fat and low carb.
4. Plan ahead. If you know that you want pumpkin pie AND cheesecake then you need to have that in the back of your head when eating snacks throughout the day and dinner so you save room in your belly for dessert. You don’t want to get to the desserts and feel like you are going to explode because then you don’t really get to fully enjoy them. Revert back to portion control to save room for the foods you are most excited about.
5. One plate should be plenty. When you go out to dinner, do you order two meals? Not likely. You should be able to fit all of the food you want to eat on one plate with no problem.
6. There will always be leftovers. If you don’t have room to try everything, ask for a to go plate. If you are hosting then save some in a tupperware ahead of time so you can try it the next day.
7. This is not your last meal. Try and avoid the mindset of treating Thanksgiving like it is the last meal you will ever eat. It is just food. If you are reading this than you are more than likely lucky enough that you will never run out of food for the entirety of your life. I don’t want to pull the “there are starving kids in Africa card”, but its true. There are starving people everywhere. If you put half of the food you would normally eat on Thanksgiving on a separate plate, you could probably find someone within a 5 mile radius that would appreciate that hefty meal more than you can imagine.
8. Last but not least, remember how awful you feel when you are so full you can’t move. You can’t enjoy football, you don’t want to play with your nieces and nephews, you don’t want to talk to anyone because you are afraid if you open your mouth, food may come out. You are so uncomfortable that you can no longer enjoy yourself. Don’t be “that guy”. Keep yourself under control this year and stay on track so you can make the most out of this Holiday and not backtrack with your weight loss goals!