…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.