5 Tips on How to Enjoy Thanksgiving Without Worrying About Ruining Your Diet
The holiday season is finally here! The leaves are falling, the air is crisp, some of your family members have already decorated for Christmas (if this is you, then please don’t come after me) and the delicious holiday food that makes you forget why you even started dieting in the first place.
But for some people who may be watching their weight or wanting to stick to a healthy diet, Thanksgiving can be a real challenge. You may think you have to starve yourself all day to “save room” for the big Thanksgiving meal or say no to a lot of your favorite dishes. We’re here to tell you to STOP. DOING. THAT.
You can absolutely enjoy your Thanksgiving meal and the desserts without worrying about ruining your diet! Here are 5 tips on how to do that and still enjoy the holiday!
Watch your portion sizes
The first thing to keep in mind is that your Thanksgiving meal is not going to ruin your diet. Neither is that slice of pumpkin pie! So go ahead and enjoy it. However, be mindful of your portion sizes! Make sure to fill your plate with some vegetables and lean meat, and some smaller portions of mashed potatoes and stuffing. And instead of trying all of the desserts at once, eat one slice and save another for tomorrow. Do the same with your Thanksgiving leftovers.
Don’t starve yourself
Showing up to Thanksgiving dinner hungry will only let your body think that you can overindulge. Eat how you normally would throughout the day or just eat small, lighter meals that keep you satisfied, that way you can enjoy your Thanksgiving meal and know when you’re full.
Do a workout
Sign up for the Turkey Trot 5K this year and get in a good run to start the day! Or go for a nice walk as a family after dinner. That way you can burn some calories and keep your body moving after a hefty meal.
Watch the ingredients
If you’re the one cooking the Thanksgiving dinner or bringing a few dishes, maybe substitute some ingredients for healthier ones! Stay away from high amounts of sugar, fats, and carbs, and substitute healthier ingredients that are just as tasty and don’t sacrifice good flavor!
Drink plenty of water
Make sure you’re drinking lots of water (about a glass every 2 hours) throughout the day and during your Thanksgiving meal. This will help your body balance out what you’re eating and help you feel more satisfied and less likely to overindulge. This doesn’t mean you can’t have a glass of wine or beer, just remember to keep drinking water.
We hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving!