Thanksgiving is the season for family, festivity, and food—lots of food and alcohol. Temptations are everywhere, and parties and travel disrupt daily routines which goes on for weeks. Here are 5 tips that can help:
1. Holiday-Proof Your Plan
- Eat close to your usual times to keep your blood sugar steady.
- If your meal is served later than normal, eat a small snack at your usual mealtime and eat a little less when dinner is served.
- Offer to bring a healthy dish along to a party
- Cut back on other carbs (like potatoes and bread) during the meal if you want to indulge in a sweet treat
- Don’t skip meals to save up for a feast, you’ll be really hungry and end up overeating.
2. Outsmart the Buffet
- Have a small plate of the foods you like best and then move away from the buffet table.
- Start your meal with vegetables
- Eat slowly and chew well
- Avoid or limit alcohol. If you do have an alcoholic drink, have it with food.
3. Choose the dishes you really love and can’t get any other time of year. Slow down and savor a small serving, and make sure to count it in your meal plan.
4. Being active is your secret holiday weapon; it can help make up for eating more than usual and reduce stress during this most stressful time of year. Get moving with friends and family, such as taking a walk after a holiday meal.
5. Aim for 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night to guard against mindless eating. Sleep loss can make it harder to manage your blood sugar.
We believe that you can stay on track with your healthy habits and enjoy Thanksgiving dinner!