Do you know that the average Thanksgiving dinner has over 2000 calories? This can make it really challenging to maintain a diet and enjoy your thanksgiving diner.   Here are some eating tips so that you can still look good and be healthy after the Thanksgiving dinner without having to deprive yourself.


Tip #1:  Don’t sit down to Thanksgiving dinner starving hungry.  I remember that my dad would always wait all day to eat on Thanksgiving day so that he would have enough room to fit in all the food that he wanted to eat.  My dad had the luck of being 6’2” and 175 pounds on a heavy day.  For those of us that aren’t as lucky making sure to eat a good breakfast when we get up and avoid the starving ourselves before the big meal will allow us to stay under control.


Tip #2:  It’s not an all you can eat buffet moment.  Fill your plate up half way with veggies, like beans and salad.  Then choose the lean portions of the meat and cover a quarter of your plate and finally use what is left for a starch.  Then eat slowly and stop when you are full.


Tip #3:  Make a conscious choice to limit high fat items.  High fat food items can be found in fried and creamy dishes as well as cheese-filled casseroles in a traditional Thanksgiving meal .  Meals like mashed potatoes are usually made with butter and milk, sometimes green bean casseroles are often prepared with cream of mushroom soup, cheese and milk and topped with fried onions.  If you cannot control the ingredients that go in to a dish, simply limit yourself to a smaller helping size.


Tip #4:  Drink lots of water before the meal and along the way.  I suggest you limit the amount of alcohol you drink.  Alcohol can limit your ability to make wise choices and it is packed with calories.


Tip #5:  Get some exercise before dinner. If you can, get some fresh air before you eat Thanksgiving dinner. A brisk walk or even a quick run will suppress some of your appetite at that same time that it will boost your metabolism. After you exercise, you won’t feel like eating too much at Thanksgiving dinner.


Tip #6:  Indulge in one worthy dessert. There has to be a little bit of indulgence at a Thanksgiving meal. And undoubtedly, dessert should be that indulgence. Choose one dessert that will be worth every calorie it contains.


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