Tips For A Thinner Thanksgiving

holiday-mealThanksgiving dinner the one meal of the year that most people over indulge in. And the day after Thanksgiving the day people have to deal with their undesired weight gain and guilt that comes along with it. But there are a few ways you can still enjoy your holiday while maintaining some self-control as well as a healthy weight.

  1. Cut back on the amount of food you prepare. This will save you time and money as well as several days of fattening leftovers.

  2. Begin the day with exercise. Beginning Thanksgiving Day with a brisk walk or a workout will help set a healthy tone for the rest of the holiday, make you feel better and make you think twice about ruining the effort by over-indulging.

  3. Also begin the day by eating a satisfying breakfast so you wont be starving by the time the big meal arrives.

  4. Make a choice between alcoholic drinks or dessert. This will still allow you to enjoy the festivities with not nearly as many calories.

  5. If you do plan to have dessert, make it a guilt-free one by substituting natural applesauce for oil or butter in the recipe. Natural applesauce also adds flavor, moisture, fiber and nutrients to your baked goods.

  6. Avoid the other sweets as well such as sweet potatoes that usually come with marshmallows and brown sugar. Try enjoying the natural goodness of a plain sweet potato.

  7. Try a stuffing recipe that is lighter by adding more vegetables such as celery, onions and carrots while avoiding fatty meats like sausage.

  8. And while were on the subject of carbs, try to reduce your carb consumption in other areas by replacing mashed potatoes with mashed cauliflower.

  9. Another fattening food it is best to avoid or try a small amount of is green bean casserole which tends to lack nutritional value and consist of canned beans, condensed soup and many times fried onion strings.

  10. While there are several foods you should try to avoid or sample just a little of you can also replace them with a vegetable such as butternut squash, Brussels sprouts or even a roasted starchy vegetable medley with carrots, onions, acorn squash and baby red potatoes.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday and remember to remind yourself how it feels to overeat and that there will always be leftovers and no need to overindulge in one sitting.

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