Thanksgiving is the one of a few days each year where holiday eating can spiral out of control and your diet can find itself quite forgotten. From the vast array of delectable foods and desserts offered during the holidays to the huge amount of food so often available, it can be difficult to remember healthy habits with a giant turkey sitting in front of you, flanked by huge bowls of stuffing and bread. However, Holiday eating does not have to be a disaster for your diet.
Sometimes it’s easy to get carried away with delicious sides such as stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and gravy and forget that turkey even exists. It’s doubtful many dieters can keep from trying some of everything on the table, but sides don’t need to be caloric catastrophes, despite traditions. It’s easy to come up with sides that can add flavor to your holiday eating without breaking your diet in half. For example, you can serve roasted sweet potatoes instead of traditional mashed potatoes.
Don’t put yourself right in front of the candy dish. Who needs the agony? Plant yourself elsewhere, facing other pleasures – a nice fire, warm smiles, good tunes and a dance floor. You’ll have a much better time, and you will like yourself a lot more next morning.
Here’s a Turkey Day challenge: Fill a plate with the healthy stuff first. Go for the white turkey, a nice salad, some veggies, and then add on the mashed potatoes, gravy, and green bean casserole. Starting with the good stuff means smaller portions of the not-so-healthy foods fit on the plate. There’s still room to try a little of everything but this challenge will keep the less healthy options at much smaller quantities – a Turkey Day win!