Are You Ready to Avoid the Thankgiving Battle of the Bulge?
I heard recently that the average person consumes 4,000 calories on Thanksgiving Day. Whoa! That’s more than double the average person eats on a regular day. That’s pretty shocking.
Why, oh why, do we do that to ourselves? Of course, you hear the stories of family drama, but it seems to run much deeper than that. It’s as if Thanksgiving has become an overeating contact sport. We start preparing in advance and even start bemoaning the after-effects of too much food well before the actual event. We act as if eating until bursting point is expected and completely out of our control. And just like a football game, Thanksgiving comes replete with the after-game commentary and play-by-play.
It is entirely possible, however, to indulge in all of Thanksgiving’s deliciousness AND feel satiated, content and even full, WITHOUT having to resort to elastic-waisted pants for a few days.
5 Easy Ways To Survive Thanksgiving With Ease
Eat Throughout The Day — Often we approach Thanksgiving thinking that we will forgo food during the day in order to partake more heartily during the main event. Big mistake! In fact, when we skip meals we generally eat more. Choose small, filling meals. For breakfast, have a bowl of oatmeal with berries and nuts. For lunch, have greek yogurt with nuts and fruit, or avocado toast — think slow-digesting carb with a healthy fat and a little protein. It will stabilize your blood sugar, keep you satiated, and set you up for a healthy Thanksgiving meal.
Skip the Snacks — One of the wonderful things about Thanksgiving is the home-cooked meal. Mindlessly eating chips, store-bought white breads, and other processed foods, not only is unhealthy and stimulates your appetite, but it’s also not tasty. Stick with real food — fruits and crudite are great choices for healthy snacking.
Forgo The Impulse to Mirror Other People’s Eating — How often do you reach for food when you see someone else eating? Right. Me too. It takes awareness. Every time you start to reach for something at the hors d’oeuvre table, ask yourself, “Why am I reaching for this?” If it’s because someone else is eating, pick up a glass of sparkling water instead.
Eat Your Veggies! — Rather than filling your plate with everything on the table, start with a plateful of salad and vegetables. Most Thanksgiving meals have salad, green beans, Brussel sprouts, and other delicious but overlooked vegetables. Start with them instead of making them an afterthought. Once you’ve enjoyed your veggies, then take a little bit of everything else. In fact, switch your plates. Use the dinner plate for the salad and vegetables, and the salad plate for turkey, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and stuffing.
Slow Down! — Put down your utensils between bites, sip water between bites, and focus on connecting with those around you rather focusing on the food in front of you. Take the time to appreciate your food, smell it, look at it, and savor it.
Oh, and give yourself permission to leave food on your plate!
Laura Beth Cowan says
Great tips Melissa. It’s always difficult to avoid the over-eating during the Holidays but with proper planning, it is certainly possible.
Melissa Rapoport says
Thank you, Laura Beth. I appreciate your comments and hope you have a wonderful holiday! xo
Lisa Hutchison says
Thanks, these are great tips Melissa for the upcoming holiday. I will pass them along in a tweet! xx
Melissa Rapoport says
Thank you Lisa for your support! I so appreciate you sharing my work with others. Have a beautiful holiday!
I’m avoiding thanksgiving all together. I’ll be in Key West…on a beach…soaking up the sun!