Thanksgiving Meal Tips

Monday, November 21, 2011

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So, you have been sticking to that nutrition plan and exercising every day.  Everything seems to be going your way until the second to last week in November comes around.  All of a sudden you throw that out the window with a feast of carbo-loading.  Thanksgiving is a time to return from college and finally enjoy home cooked food.  The last thing you want is someone telling you that you cannot enjoy the feast of Thanksgiving.  But if you could still eat the same and keep the same waist…. wouldn’t you? WebMD has tips on how to eat and stay well during the feasting.

Many families for Thanksgiving will serve the dinner around 2 -3pm.  Due to this mealtime, many feel that they need to skip other meals in order to save up for the large one.  This may not be the smartest choice when dining for such a large occasion.  Instead, try consuming two smaller meals before the 2pm meal (two small breakfasts).  If that does not suit your family well, try changing the start time is another choice.

The next method is to watch what you are eating.  Subdivide your food into the carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.  The ration of carbohydrates to proteins to fats should be 40:20:20.  Choosing one meat (turkey), one carbohydrate (mashed potatoes), and one fat (pie) will eliminate the risk of overloading on each category.  Once you have chosen the right foods, be sure to trim the amounts of each.

Waiting for the turkey and pies to finish cooking? Take a walk! Even a stroll around your neighborhood can be helpful, and it is a great family activity you can all do together.

Finally, savor your meal. Enjoy the food and company around you! By eating slower, your stomach is able to actually feel full. If you feel you recognize that you feel full, you are less likely to overeat.

Good food and feasting are always associated with Thanksgiving. But remember what thanksgiving is also about, spending time with people you care about and enjoying the day.

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