Some of the things I do to prepare for the big day include:
1. Work for it-Covering more miles during my runs and better workouts-Burning more calories ahead of time allows me to feel less guilty when indulging on such delectable foods, along with the quantity that is available. Maybe you could try an extra mile a day, or maybe 50 burpees in the morning; 1 burpee burns about 2 calories, maybe go on a long walk in the evening after dinner every night until Thanksgiving. A healthy habit to form for allowing food to settle and getting an extra bit of physical activity! So when the day comes- you’ll realize you definitely deserve that extra slice of apple pie or extra roll or whatever else your heart really desires!
2. Smart start-So you know how many people skip breakfast- because they don’t have time, want to lose weight, or aren’t hungry? This is a day that I think you should definitely have at least a small meal to curb your appetite in the morning. I suggest toast and eggs or yogurt and whole grain cereal on top (something with protein and fiber). That way, when you get to your gathering, you’ll feel more satisfied and won’t indulge as much because protein and fiber takes the edge off of your appetite.
3.Cook smart-When making dishes for Thanksgiving dinner- sweets, dips, casseroles, mashed potatoes. Do what you can to make them a little bit healthier, it’ll benefit you and everyone that you make them for. One of the most tips for baking I could share with you, is use greek yogurt or apple sauce for butter and oils, if you haven’t done it before-the products still turn out great. Sour cream is always available in low-fat varieties. Try using half whole wheat flour and half white flour for cookies. There are always many substitutions that are able to be made, just look online and you’re bound to find a healthier recipe!
4. Survey and socialize While you will encounter many family favorites and yummy dishes at your Thanksgiving gathering, make sure to survey the buffet table before you get there. Sometimes I find that I already have something that I would have swapped out because I didn’t see it yet. IF you like everything, have small portions of each, having an idea of what you want most will be your biggest portion. While thanksgiving is the day where everyone goes up for seconds, thirds, and fourths- because the food is available, try to resist the temptation and wait it out a little bit. It takes about 20 minutes for our stomach to realize it’s full. so eat slowly and enjoy what you have. Remember, there will always be leftovers the next day- and leftovers are much better when you eat less of it. Try waiting it out to see if you really want more, and if you do- of course that is always fine! The most healthy Thanksgiving choices include: white turkey meat, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, and plain veggies because they are lower in fat!
5. “Veg out”Because there is always food out to much on, I advise to stick to the veggies and fruit when waiting for the meal. I always love having the abundance of healthy fruit at these gathering because it’s always cut and ready to go without me having to prepare/cut the veggies myself! You can have endless amounts of veggies because they’re low in calories and much on them throughout the whole evening without feeling guilty!
6. The Best things come in small packages-The desserts – my favorite part of thanksgiving usually includes the pies. I love pumpkin pie and my Uncle always brings a chocolate mouse type pie and my grandma usually has a pumpkin pie. It’s hard to have all three without completely overindulging, so I take small slivers of each- knowing that I’ll be satisfied with my choices. Because our first few bites our typically the best- I know I’ll be alright without all the excess calories! Also, most of the calories pies have come from the crust…I know I know, the best part. However if you’re able to avoid eating all of it, you’ll be on a healthier route!
7. Sip well-The best way to start your day is drink a cold glass of water, the best was to feel more satisfied is drink more water! Water has so many benefits and if you drink more water during a thanksgiving meal you’ll have less room for all the unwanted calories!! So drink smart and stick with water rather than pop or other caloric drinks. You’ll same your self from bloat and feel more satisfied with your meal 🙂
8. Stay busy socializing and interact-Have you ever realized when you’re bored you find yourself wandering around and scoping out the table? Keep yourself busy and stay chatting with friends and family to prevent the boredom! Color or play with little cousins and nephews and nieces, it’ll help keep your mind off food and enjoy your surroundings better.