November 23, 2005
Tips for Turkey Day
Choose a few of the useful weight control-tips below to help you maintain your weight while still enjoying the good cheer and delicious food on Thanksgiving day and the rest of the holiday season.
Preparing for the Big Day
*Wear a tight-fitting outfit. This will make you less likely to overeat because it becomes too uncomfortable.
*Don't arrive starving. Eat before the big feast. A small healthful meal with lots of fiber (oatmeal, whole-grain sandwich, salad with beans) keeps you feeling full until dinner.
*Make time for exercise every day, especially on Thanksgiving Day.
*Establish some ground rules in advance of the meal that allow you to indulge but not pig out -- for example, only one sliver of dessert.
*Keep a food journal and write down everything that you eat. This is an incredibly powerful tool, especially when you are tempted to overeat.
*Start a new family tradition. Take a bike ride, go for a hike, or play tennis Thanksgiving morning.
Ready, Set, Go
*Enjoy higher-calorie food in smaller portions.
*Don't eat food just because it is there. Save your calories for the foods you love.
*Distance yourself from the hors d'oeuvre table.
*Munch on fresh fruits and veggies instead of high fat appetizers.
When the Feast Arrives
*Scan the buffet and carefully choose the foods you love. If they are high in calories like the gravy, just take a smaller portion. Take larger portions of the simply prepared foods such as baked sweet potatoes, steamed vegetables, and skinless white meat of turkey.
*Limit yourself to one plate of food, no second helpings.
*Eat slowly and savor every bite. Give the food a chance to let you feel the satisfying feeling of fullness.
*Eat what you like, just eat a little less of it.
Desserts, Desserts, and More Desserts
*Enjoy a small serving of dessert. Choose pumpkin over pecan pie and save a few hundred calories. Eat just the filling to take in fewer additional calories and limit trans fats.
*If you drink alcohol, save those calories for a glass of wine with the meal.
*Skip the high-calorie, high-fat eggnog this year.
When You're Done
*At the end of the meal, drink a glass of water and push away from the table to help you realize that you are full.
*Follow the large meal with a leisurely walk.
Posted by Lisa at November 23, 2005 10:16 AM
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