Thanksgiving is one of the most food-centric holidays. Our spread is likely to include turkey, potatoes, stuffing, pies, cakes and more.
And, though, it’s likely this year you’ll be celebrating in a much smaller group with members of your household, it’s still easy to get caught up in the mindset that it’s okay to eat more throughout the holidays.
Fortunately, there are ways to make the most of our holiday season while still trying to eat more consciously.
Here are 10 tips to try:
- If you’re the cook, plan dishes that are part of your eating plan. If you’re going to be a guest, offer to bring something, and make it healthy.
- Get a good night’s sleep the night before the big dinner. It’ll give you more energy and help you be better equipped to stave off temptations.
- Eat a high protein snack an hour before the main meal. Hard boiled eggs, turkey, hummus, beans, nut butters and nuts are all good choices.
- Drink plenty of water. This will help you feel full before you even begin eating.
- Think about your intentions before you sit down at the table. Remember the goals you are working toward and visualize the results.
- Fill at least half your plate with veggies. Raw, steamed, and baked are best. Try to avoid anything loaded with butter or extra fat.
- Choose lean, light meat, lower in calories and fat.
- Chew slowly and put your fork down often. If eating with others, join in the conversation and enjoy the company!
- Eat slowly. It takes your brain about 20 minutes to register fullness and give you signals to stop eating.
- Wait for a bit before deciding on dessert.
Holidays can be a wonderful time for spending time in person or virtually with family and friends, but this time of year can also be more stressful and challenging. Make sure to spend some quality time with yourself. Tune in to what you are thinking and feeling and make sure to take care of yourself.
Make the best choices you can make, but don’t beat yourself up if you stray from your eating plan. Every missed goal is an opportunity to learn and grow for the next time.
Lastly, try to keep in mind the spirit of Thanksgiving: it is an opportunity to share in the harvest with friends and family and to be grateful for the gifts you have been given. Conscious eating and gratitude go hand-in-hand. You can do it!