This is the holiday where families and friends come together to share a meal and express what they are thankful for. The traditional Thanksgiving meal has been slightly enhanced over the years and at least in my experience there is always way too much food and aside from the Turkey there is a ridiculous amount of sides and desserts.
I love to sit around the table and talk and that usually leads to over eating – because, hey it is right in front of you! So how can we still enjoy the food that is made, spend time at the table, and not over eat?
Here are a few tips we can all follow on this Thanksgiving day and throughout the whole holiday season:
- Make sure you are drinking water throughout the meal. Always drink 1 glass of water for every 1 glass of wine, beer, coffee, liquor etc..
- When you are plating your food try to have at least 1/2 your plate covered with vegetables. Keep your eye on how the vegetables are cooked and what sauce may be covering them. Raw or steamed is always a great choice.
- Choose the foods you love and enjoy on Thanksgiving, but only take 1 small portion at a time. You may find that just a few bites of Aunt Sue’s candied yams is all you need to satisfy your craving.
- Before you start to eat BE THANKFUL! My family would always go around the table and say what they were thankful for after we plated our food. Be mindful before you take your first bite and every bite after.
- Chew your food! Try to take 10-20 bites before swallowing. This will lengthen the time it takes you to finish your plate and that leads to eating less and feeling fuller sooner.
- Once you finish your plate of food – wait a few minutes. Drink some more water and see if you are still truly hungry. Remember, you want to save room for dessert!