Thanksgiving with a Healthy Spirit

Full Homemade Thanksgiving Dinner with Turkey Stuffing Veggies and Potatos

Thanksgiving Day, annual national holiday in the United States and Canada celebrating the harvest and other blessings of the past year. It only comes around once a year, so we go ahead and splurge. Year after year, most of us pack on at least a pound (some gain more) during the holidays and keep the extra weight permanently.

But Thanksgiving does not have to sabotage your weight. With a little know-how, you can satisfy your desire for traditional favorites and still enjoy a guilt-free Thanksgiving feast.

Get Active: Create a calorie deficit by exercising to burn off extra calories before you ever indulge in your favorite foods. Eat less and exercise more is the winning formula to prevent weight gain during the holidays. 

Have a Nutritious Breakfast: Start your day with a small but satisfying breakfast. Eating a nutritious meal with protein and fiber before you arrive regulates your appetite and allows you to be more discriminating in choices.

Choose Healthier Options: Make your recipes healthier with less fat, sugar, and calories. For example, fat-free chicken broth to baste the turkey and make gravy, sugar substitutes in place of sugar and/or fruit purees instead of oil in baked goods, plain yogurt or fat-free sour cream in creamy dips, mashed potatoes, and casseroles.

Portion Control: Select reasonable-sized portions of foods of holiday favourites that only come around once a year so you can enjoy desirable, traditional foods. Before you fill your plate, survey the buffet table and decide what you’re going to choose. 

Skip Second Helpings: Try to resist the temptation to go back for second helpings in this way you are less likely to overeat and have more room for a delectable dessert.

Slow Pace: Eating slowly, putting your fork down between bites, and tasting each mouthful is one of the easiest ways to enjoy your meal and feel satisfied with one plate full of food. Additionally whole foods add to the feeling of fullness.

Limit Alcohol: In between alcoholic drinks, enjoy sparkling water. This way you stay hydrated, limit alcohol calories, and stay sober.

Realistic Goals: This is a good time to strive for weight maintenance instead of weight loss with busy schedules and so many extra temptations.

Focus on Togetherness: The main event should be family and friends socializing, spending quality time together, not just what is on the buffet. It’s a time to celebrate relationships with family and friends. 


Author: Pallabi Sinha

I am a Nutritionist with 6 years of expertise in the field. I have a knack of convincing people to switch to a healthier lifestyle.