Here are some tips for making the most of your Thanksgiving feast.
1. Keep control of your snacking. Don't sit at the counter and pick at foods here and there for an hour before you realize you ate half the cheese ball. If you're choosing to loosley track this day (or not) get a small plate and put portioned sizes of what you want to eat on it. Set it somewhere you can keep going back to it like your own mini snack bar. That way you know what you've eaten and can make sure you are keeping your portions in check.
2. Don't go hungry. So many people skip eating until the big feast - don't. Have a calorie friendly but filling breakfast, think omelet with veggies. If you have time for lunch as well keep it light but filling again like a chicken salad.
3. Drink water, all day. Not only will drinking plenty of water help you to not over eat but choosing water over calorie laden beverages will save you hundreds of calories. It will also help you feel more full throughout the day.
4. Don't go crazy. It is just food, you don't need to eat like you will never see it again. Lets be honest you're going to have leftovers for days. If you have a problem with portion control opt for a smaller plate. Making sure there are veggies will be helpful as well (I do roasted root veggies).
5. Go slow. It's not a race to see who is going to have to unbutton their pants faster (lets be real were wearing leggings). The faster you eat the more you will eat before realizing you're full. Slow down, talk with family and enjoy your time over dinner.
6. Most importantly though enjoy yourself. You should not feel anxiety around food especially during the holidays. Food will be there tomorrow and the next day. One day a little off plan will not ruin your progress. Just be mindful of your choices.
7. Lastly, do not use the day after Thanksgiving to go crazy and exercise binge. Yes go workout or do something active but do not feel like you have to run for 2 hours because you were 'bad'.