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…this Thanksgiving.  Even if you fill the table with healthy alternatives to your favorite dishes- the biggest danger remains: OVEREATING.  It won’t matter if it’s healthy if you still eat too much of it.

So this holiday, focus on PORTION CONTROL.  Read on for tips to help you through:

  • Think small - serve in smaller serving dishes to encourage smaller portions
  • Plan for leftovers to reduce the chance of over-eating- you’ll save time and have healthy meals planned for the coming week.
  • Make a low fat vegetable based soup as a starter
  • Limit starches such as potatoes, stuffing, and rolls, instead fill your plate with more vegetables. * Squashes are great replacements for potatoes and noodles. Zucchini is a very starchy vegetable.
  • DRINK WATER!  Sip the alcohol sparingly, when you aren’t eating a big meal and can truely appreciate it. Between meals, forego the wine and beer for water or tea.
  • Avoid seconds. If you can’t resist the second helping, focus on refilling your plate with vegetables and other lower calorie choices
  • Enjoy desserts however, slice your pie into 16 slices and share!
  • Use small plates or tea cups to reduce portion size when serving the desserts
  • Make social activities ACTIVE.  Choose touch football, dog walking, bike riding or even Pictionary or charades for family bonding time.