Thanksgiving is 3 days away!!! Who isn’t looking forward to a mini-vacation dedicated to spending time with family and stuffing our face? Yet, for those us watching our weight, this could be a sticky dilemma. Do we throw caution to the wind and splurge? Or eat a sucky dinner consisting of a garden salad and a small helping of turkey? Neither! The key word in a relationship is, compromise. You can still eat all the yummy food and still have a guilt free holiday. Here are some tips courtesy of WebMD on how to do just that:
Connie Diekman, MEd, RD, former president of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) advises to, “‘Eat less and exercise more’ is the winning formula to prevent weight gain during the holidays. Increase your steps or lengthen your fitness routine the weeks ahead and especially the day of the feast.”
“Eating a nutritious meal with protein and fiber before you arrive takes the edge off your appetite and allows you to be more discriminating in your food and beverage choices,” says Diekman.
“Don’t waste your calories on foods that you can have all year long,” suggests Diekman. “Fill your plate with small portions of holiday favorites that only come around once a year so you can enjoy desirable, traditional foods.”
Eating slowly, putting your fork down between bites, and tasting each mouthful is one of the easiest ways to enjoy your meal and feel satisfied with one plate full of food, experts say.
Don’t forget those alcohol calories that can add up quickly.”Have a glass of wine or a wine spritzer and between alcoholic drinks, (or) enjoy sparkling water,” says Diekman. “this way you stay hydrated, limit alcohol calories, and stay sober.”
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