Let’s face it, most of us look forward to splurging on Thanksgiving, and possibly on the days that follow with all the leftovers. And what do we tend to do but skip breakfast and possibly even lunch thinking we’re saving the calories for the big feast. However, eating a small meal earlier in the day can give you more control over your appetite later and keep your metabolism revved so your body doesn’t go into starvation mode and hold on to all the fat and calories it can for survival.
We all need to learn to lighten up. Make your recipes healthier using less fat, sugar, and calories. Consider using fat-free chicken broth to baste the turkey, skip the gravy, use sugar substitutes in place of sugar and fruit purees instead of oil in baked goods. Reduce oil and butter whenever you can, but don’t substitute with margarine. Consider using Earth Balance – an organic buttery spread that’s free of the “bad fats.”
Try and select reasonable-sized portions of different food groups, and focus on the things that only come around once a year. Why fill up on the things you can have on any given day? Resist the temptation to go back for seconds. Allow your brain to compute that your stomach is full. Save the second round for the next day when you can enjoy leftovers, that way you can look forward to an encore! The traditional eats on the Thanksgiving table that tend to be lower in fat and calories include white turkey meat, plain steamed vegetables, roasted sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes (sans the butter and sour cream), and pumpkin pie.
Other healthy tips include eat slowly and savor the food. And go easy on the alcohol – not only is it full of sugar, but it’s full of empty calories! Enjoy a walk after dinner with family and friends to help encourage digestion and utilize those calories you just packed in! When it comes to your weight – be realistic. The holidays are a time for celebration and should be enjoyed with those you enjoy and care about. Focus on weight maintenance rather than weight loss. Shedding any extra pounds can happen after the holidays – that’s what New Year’s resolutions are for! Come find out about our HCG natural weight loss specials and detox programs the week after Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving to all!