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Thanksgiving Tips and Tricks

ThanksgivingThanksgiving is less than a week away, and that means creamy mashed potatoes, hearty stuffing, and decadent pumpkin pie is on the horizon.  Follow these five tips and tricks to ensure you still enjoy your feast, but don’t wreak havoc to your waistline.

  • Eat before you feast!  So many times, clients tell me that they are “saving” their calories for the indulgent meal ahead.  This is not a smart idea, and you never want to sit down to a Thanksgiving meal feeling completely ravenous.  Have a snack with staying power before the main event, like Greek yogurt with a banana, to ensure that you don’t overeat when you sit down to that tempting feast.
  • Be smart during the cocktail hour.  Cheese and crackers, chips and guac, the list goes on and the calories add up.  Stick to non-starchy veggies, hummus, and salsa.  Dilute white wine with club soda to slash calories in half.
  • Distract yourself. Out of sight, out of mind!  Don’t plop by the hors d’oevures station and instead, get moving. Offer to help the host with serving and prep, go outside to get some fresh air, or help set the table. This is called running interference, distraction with a series of tasks to take the focus away from something else.
  • Eat your meal in order of lowest calorie to highest calorie. It’s Thanksgiving and it’s fine to indulge, but make sure your plate is set up smartly.  Half with veggies, 1/4 lean protein, 1/4 starch.  Save the starch for last – you might be so full you’ll be unable to finish it!
  • One and done for dessert.  I don’t believe in skipping dessert on holiday occasions, but be sure to keep portions in check.  Pick one dessert you’ve been eyeing, enjoy an appropriate portion, and close the meal with peppermint herbal tea.

Finally, remember Thanksgiving is one day, so don’t make it last a week with leftovers.  If you’re hosting, send leftovers home with friends and family.  And, if you’re not hosting, kindly decline that extra slice of pumpkin pie.  Get right back on track the next day, and use Thanksgiving as a practice run for the multitude of other holiday events that will take place this season.