Thanksgiving day is a time for family, fun and food! Just because it's a holiday pretty much devoted to food, doesn't mean you have to completely derail all your diet efforts. However, it is a day to really enjoy good food and good company, so enjoy yourselves...just in moderation :)
Get Moving â€" Get some exercise before or after dinner. See if there are any road races Thanksgiving morning or take a walk after dinner to get moving.
Don't Skip Meals â€" Don't try to "save all your calories" for the day by skipping meals leading up to Thanksgiving dinner. You'll be more likely to overeat and actually consume more calories than you would've by eating beforehand.
Think Your Drink â€" Stick with mostly water so you can save your calories for food and not beverages. Sodas, Juices, Punches and alcohol all have a lot of empty calories
Eat Slowly â€" By eating slower, you'll start to feel full before you go for that second helping.
Make Half Your Plate Veggies â€" By filling up half of your plate with vegetable, you'll have less room for the starches, meaning less calories consumed because veggies are also very filling and low in calories. Your plate should be half veggies, a quarter starch and a quarter protein.
Skip the Dark Meat and Skin â€" Choosing the white meat and taking the skins off your turkey will cut down on calories
Keep Sauces and Gravies to a Minimum â€" Gravies and other sauces can add a lot of extra calories to your meal
Enjoy and Splurge in Moderation â€" It's OK to splurge every once in a while, just keep portions in mind and enjoy the foods your eating.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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