Thanksgiving dinner

Did you know that the average turkey dinner has 3,000 calories? Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, candied yams, gravy, rolls, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, apple pie, wine, soda. Did I leave anything out?

Who said that Thanksgiving dinner has to be a feeding frenzy? Is it the Last Supper?

This year vow to make it better. Start the day with a walk. Better yet, take one after the meal – it will help the meal digest faster and lower your blood sugar level.

This year, take a little less of each item. Rather than load your plate with heaping spoonfuls, fill half your plate with veggies, a quarter with skinless turkey breast, and the last quarter with one to two bites of the starchy sides. And yes, have a little gravy.

This year, make some healthier side dishes. Try making sweet potatoes without the “candied” aspect (marshmallows, butter, sugar). Instead, mash them with a little maple syrup and cinnamon. A large platter of oven-roasted vegetables, drizzled with a little balsamic vinegar, is a real crowd pleaser.

You don’t have to pass up dessert. Instead try the “two-bite” rule. Have two bites of your favorite desserts. Eat them slowly. Enjoy the taste, texture, flavor, and aroma.  When you’re done, walk away. No deprivation nor bingeing.

When everyone is done, wrap up all of the leftovers and put them away. Food has to be put away within two hours of serving, to prevent any kind of food-borne contamination. Plus, out of sight is out of mind – less likely to go get another round of food.

If after all of the healthy changes and you still feel like you over did it, don’t beat yourself up over it. Drink some water, take a walk, and make tomorrow a better day.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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