So I’ve been getting geared up for Thanksgiving over the past few days – checking the turkey day traffic projections, making sure I’m still supposed to bring the casserole to aunt Lucy’s, getting the football schedule memorized, and oh yeah—buying looser pants.
A friend once complained to me that she wished Thanksgiving was celebrated more often than once a year—which is a fair argument—you can’t beat a long weekend spent with the three F’s: Friends, Family, and Football. However, if you tend to eat like I do over the holiday, it might not be such a bad thing that Turkey day is just an annual event.
Anyway, I did a bit of research to learn how I might keep my gluttony to a minimum this Thursday, and I figured I share some of what I found with HDYR? community.
First of all, try using a smaller plate. Your stomach and your brain generally aren’t the best teammates when it comes to all-you-can-eat type events like Thanksgiving. Using a smaller plate can trick your mind into thinking you’ve eaten more than you actually have. It can also help you eat at a slower rate so realize you’re full before your belt buckle pops open. And remember; always try to have a few vegetables on your plate at all times, and not just for decoration either.
Make sure to eat a little something before the actual turkey dinner, whether it be a good breakfast or some crackers in the car while you’re stuck in traffic. Many people tend to fast for the entire day (or longer) before going into the big meal and this leads them to overdo it at the dinner table. It’s a marathon, not a sprint! Save room for the pumpkin pie!
And speaking of pumpkin pie—if you’re the one doing the baking, why not hold back on the sugar this year? There are plenty of ways to keep the flavor while losing some of the calories. How you ask? I’m way ahead of ya, just click the link below.
That’s all for now. If you want some more tips, check out my sources at:
How Do You Roll? and I wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving!