We all have our favorite Thanksgiving food: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes … and you can’t forget pumpkin pie! There are so many delicious options when it comes this holiday meal. While it’s ultimately a day for spending time with loved ones, it’s easy to overstuff yourself with all that’s offered on the kitchen table.
Avoid the stomachache and follow these three easy tips:
Eat breakfast. Instead of waiting around all day for the big meal, have a light meal in the morning. This will control your appetite so you aren’t starving when the turkey comes out of the oven. We recommend a small bowl of oatmeal or Greek yogurt with a banana.
Two words: portion control. This is important for all your meals, not just on Thanksgiving! Your plate shouldn’t be a pile of mashed potato mountains with rivers of gravy running through. Start with one scoop of your favorite dishes and healthier options, like white turkey meat, vegetables, and mashed or sweet potatoes. The golden rule to follow: Don’t give into temptations for second helpings. This applies to beverages, too!
Converse with your neighbors. This is a great way to break up your meal so you’re not inhaling your food. Snag a seat by an extended family member or someone you haven’t seen in awhile to catch up. Instead of focusing on your next bite of stuffing, you can savor a rich conversation and embrace the holiday spirit.