Celebrating Thanksgiving with family is one of our favorite time of the year! However, while the holidays are a time to get together with family and friends, every party and gathering is also an excuse to take a holiday from your healthy eating habits. Here are 5 nutrition tips that will help you and your family cut calories without depriving anyone of a true Thanksgiving feast:
1) Eat Plenty of Turkey
Turkey is a lean protein source that is perfect for making healthy meals. On the other hand, ham is one of the fattest meats with 25% of your artery-clogging saturated fat in just one serving. So enjoy plenty of turkey (without skin and gravy, of course) and please hold back the ham!
2) Take Control of Mac & Cheese
Mac and Cheese is sometimes hard to avoid during Thanksgiving! But with several types of cheese, milk, and breadcrumbs, you might want to take just a tiny spoonful during your Thanksgiving feast.
3) Fill 1/2 of Your Plate with Veggies
If you are planning to visit family, make sure to take a salad bowl or vegetable plate. Otherwise be a health-conscious host and prepare plenty of veggies for everyone! Adding veggies to your plate will fill you up and keep you from indulging in unhealthy food. Just forgo the cheese, cream, and butter!
4) Don’t Skip Breakfast and Lunch
It is a big mistake to fast before a big meal or party! When people skip meals, they end up feeling so hungry by dinnertime that they behave irrationally and overeat. Don’t make this mistake! Make sure you and your family have a regular breakfast and lunch to avoid packing on the pounds.
5) More Water and Less Dessert
Remember to drink plenty of water before and during your meal! Drinking water will help your stomach stay full and keep you from overeating. As for sweets, limit your portion to one serving of dessert. Your best bet is a slice of pumpkin pie since it has 40% fewer calories than pecan pie!
Focus on Weight Maintenance
The holiday season is a time for celebration! However, most Americans never lose the weight they gain during this time of the year. Portion control is the key!
Instead of trying to lose weight focus on maintaining what you have already accomplished. If you and your family can shift from a mindset of weight loss to weight maintenance and control portions, then eating healthy during the holidays will not be as hard as you think.
At the Lean Teen Program, we are always here to help you and your family! If you have any questions please let us know. We wish you and your family a happy & healthy Thanksgiving!