With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, we want to ensure that you enjoy your holiday. Utilize these 6 excellent tips and leave your worries of unhealthy eating habits behind!
Our bodies are made of mostly water, so it’s crucial to hydrate, as it provides many benefits. Make sure that you drink enough water throughout the day. Drinking water will help keep you feeling full, so you won’t eat as much. It also increases your energy, gives your metabolism a boost, and helps flush out unwanted toxins!
Walking Does Wonders
We aren’t saying you have to go to the gym on Thanksgiving, but a nice walk either before the festivities begin or after dinner is a fantastic way to get your blood flowing and refresh your mind and spirit. Exercising before eating helps your body burn more calories throughout the rest of the day. If you’d rather walk after dinner, it will help your digestion. Not only will you feel better after a walk, it can be a fun and refreshing activity with your family!
Eat in Moderation
Have you ever heard the saying, “everything in moderation?” Well, we believe this to be true, especially when it comes to holiday feasts. It is often impossible to completely eliminate certain foods when everyone else is savoring their meal. To avoid giving up, which leads to binge eating, appreciate the food you like, but in controlled amounts so you won’t regret it later.
Small Bites, Big Reward
When you sit down to a large feast, the temptation to eat everything in sight is hard to resist. If you have an empty stomach you will naturally want to eat more. The best way to avoid overeating is to make sure you drink enough water prior to the meal, as well as a small healthy snack a few hours before. Taking small bites of each food item will not only allow you to enjoy everything, but will also help you feel satisfied after the meal rather than busting at the seams with regret (figuratively and literally).
Start Small, Slow Down and Wait
When you prepare your plate, get a little bit of everything you want. Eat your meal as slowly as possible (without calling unwanted attention to yourself), and if you’re still hungry after you’ve finished, wait 15 minutes. If you’re still hungry, then get seconds. Chances are you’ll be satisfied and finished.
Find Alternative Recipes
One of the best ways to eliminate the feeling of overeating or gaining weight is to find healthy alternatives. Thankfully, you don’t have to forfeit a traditional Thanksgiving dinner if you want to watch your calorie intake. With healthy recipe substitutions you will enjoy your meal, as well as the light feeling afterwards.
Find a few of our favorite healthy Thanksgiving recipes here. A New Me wishes you a safe and happy Thanksgiving!