To those trying to lose weight or maintain weight loss Thanksgiving is a four letter word. It seems over time we have translated the meaning; what started as a time to reflect on the blessings of one's life and enjoying the people we are fortunate enough to have in our lives has become about gorging ourselves on fattening food, parking in front of the television and falling into a turkey induced sleep coma. My goal is to get all of you back into the true spirit of Thanksgiving and keep you from putting on the pounds. Here are 10 tips that can help you have a healthier holiday.
Eat a normal breakfast- the day of and day after thanksgiving eat a breakfast you would eat every other day of the year, don't nibble on the festivity food.
Savor your food- eat slowly and enjoy each bite.
Offer to drive- if you offer to drive you will be more conscious about what spirits you drink and therefore control your alcohol calorie intake.
Don't be too hard on yourself- this is a time of celebration so if you have some things out of the ordinary for your diet don't get down on yourself.
Buddy system- sit with a friend or family member that is also trying to watch what they eat. You can help each other make good choices and it will make you more conscious of when you are full.
Drink water- a big glass of water with your meal can help fill space so that your appetite is lessened.
Fight the urge to nap- tryptophan in turkey can make you sleepy. Find something to do after you eat rather than nap and let all that food settle.
Doggie bags- get doggie bags ready so that everyone can take some leftovers so that you're not snacking on them for the next week.
Play with the kids- after dinner go outside or play a board game with the children. It will keep you from sitting on the couch or napping.
Strike up a conversation- when the event starts and hors d" oeuvres emerge from the kitchen find someone to catch up with, you can't talk with your mouth full of food.
Susan Smith writes health articles about fitness and nutrition. Some of her favorite passions include writing about energy drinks and natural sleep aids.