10 tips to survive Thanksgiving without breaking your diet.

Posted on: November 21, 2011

1. Do not starve yourself all day in preparation for pigging out later

Lots of us do this every year. We anticipate all that good food that we are going to eat later, so we want to make room in our stomachs. What do we do, basically starve ourselves so we can have a major binge come dinner time. NOT GOOD. This is a sure fire way to blow all your exercise and eating right hard work right out the window. Without thinking, you can consume over 3000 calories in one meal!
Eat as you regularly do up until dinner time. That way, you can still enjoy dinner without being famished and you will eat reasonable sized portions.

 2. Say no to the appetizers

If you know that you really want those mashed potatoes, dressing, and ham for dinner, forgoes the appetizers. You do not need those empty calories. Too many apps can add up to the same caloric and fat amount as a meal, and then you go eat dinner.
You know that the power player foods come at dinner, so just hold out. If your a little hungry thou, eat an apple or banana. They are full of fiber so will keep you satisfied long enough until Grace is said and you can chow down.

 3. Eat your fill on one plate, no seconds

I know this goes against everything Thanksgiving is about, but try to resist going back for seconds. Instead, try to fit everything you like on one dinner plate.

 4. Always make room for cranberry sauce.

Cranberries are known to be a power fruit. It is filled with vitamin C and antioxidants. Even though cranberry sauce is higher in calories than just plain cranberries, you still get the health benefits. In a ½ cup serving of cranberry sauce, you get 1 gram of fiber. A diet rich in fiber relieves constipation, lowers cholesterol, and reduces the risk of heart disease.

 5. Go easy on the gravy

Who doesn’t love gravy, right? But what does it really do for you, but add tons of extra fat onto your already indulgent meal. I’m not saying don’t have any at all, but consider having a light hand. Think of rain: You want a light drizzle instead of a heavy down pour.

 6. One serving spoon full of a dish is a proper serving. (Do not overflow i.e. heaping spoon full)

When it comes to serving yourself, try to avoid doing a heaping serving spoon full of your favorite starchy dish. I am not referring to a dinner or soup spoon, but a large serving utensil. A huge spoon full could be the same portion of a cup or more. This is 300 plus calories of one item you just put on your plate, and you haven’t even gotten to the turkey yet.
Just try for the spoon full without the mound. You could cut your serving and calories in half. It’s all about making room on the plate people.

 7. Try to add in some exercise today. Maybe a walk with the family or gather around the Wii and play Dance Central!

I know. The last thing you want to do on Thanksgiving is exercise right? I mean the holiday itself is about giving into your laziness and gluttony. I’m not saying go run six miles before dinner, but how about you and the family go for a walk. If you’re lucky, there is no snow on the ground yet and people have started putting up their Christmas lights. Look at the houses you admire most and get some decorating ideas.

Another idea which is my favorite to do with my cousins is play Dance Central on Kinect or Wii. You can really work up a sweat dancing your heart out to Usher and Katy Perry, plus it a whole lot of fun! You could spend hours doing this and not even notice. Before you know if, you burned off half of dinner!


8. Do put some veggies on the plate

I know this is a no brainer, but I must remind you. Please do not forget to put veggies on your plate. You need the fiber and vitamins that they provide. Do not mistake foods such as green bean casserole as your veggie. THIS DOES NOT COUNT. With the calories you consume in a serving of that, you could have had a slice of cake! Opted for veggies without all the sauce and butter like a side salad, lightly sauced green beans and broccoli.

 9. Do have turkey!

Turkey is one of the leanest forms of meat out there. It’s better than chicken, beef, duck, and lamb. Don’t forget, protein makes you feel fuller faster and longer; that’s why it’s great to pair with fiber. Go for the turkey first!

 10. For dessert, choose a slice of sweet potato or pumpkin pie over the apple pie

Of all the holiday desserts, sweet potato and pumpkin pie stack up better than all the rest. Their calorie content comes in about 320 calories or less a slice! Both are good carbs, loaded with fiber and naturally sweet.
 Apple pie: 411 calories
Pecan pie: 503 calories
Cherry pie: 486 calories


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