Thanksgiving is just round the corner, and there is always the dilemma of having to abandon the awesome Thanksgiving dinner plans or see weeks of efforts in the gym go down the drain. Thankfully, you do not have to. For a start, having a turkey at Thanksgiving means eating lean white meat, which means healthier eating. And you can check out these five healthy eating tips for Thanksgiving to be able to enjoy your Thanksgiving meal while keeping your fitness and wellness goals on track.
1. Toss out the turkey skin
Once you grab a slice of turkey onto your plate, trim off the skin. Although the skin is very juicy and delicious, it is also very high in fat, and the bad kind. Toss out the skin immediately before you start eating to avoid being tempted from nibbling it if it remains on your plate.
2. Eat as usual
Avoid depriving yourself of meals thinking that it will be okay to “save room” for the Thanksgiving meal and make it okay to overeat. Eat your normal meals and snacks throughout the day. If you are starving, you will be more likely to be over-hungry at mealtime and overeat. Your body will then have a harder time digesting the heavy meal.
3. Eat Plenty of Vegetables
Before diving for your favourite grandma’s homemade turkey and gravy laden potatoes, reach for the wide array of vegetables and fill two-thirds of your plate with it. Once you have healthy and water-filling vegetables to fill you up, you will be less likely to indulge in unhealthy food to feel full.
4. Drink Lots of Water
By drinking lots of water before and during your meal, it will help your stomach stay full and prevent you from overeating. Not only does your mind often interpret thirst as hunger, water helps you control your appetite and is a dieter’s best friend. Also, any additional calories from soft drinks and beverages can be avoided. If you are bored of drinking plain water, add in a slice or two of lemons, oranges or cucumbers for a refreshing taste.
5. Eat Slowly
It takes about 20 minutes before your brain registers that you’re full. Slowly and mindfully smell and taste your food and drink lots of water. Doing so would give your brain sufficient time to catch up with your body and let you know you are full.
Festive seasons do not have to deter you away from your fitness and wellness goals. Stick to healthy portions and eat in moderation, even while celebrating. Happy Thanksgiving!
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