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Can you believe that Thanksgiving is in two weeks?! I always struggle during the holidays, I try really hard to eat smart and be healthy. I can’t stay away from my mom’s peanut brittle, my mother-in-law’s sweet potatoes, or my aunt’s pumpkin pie. Everyone has that one dish or, in my case, multiple dishes you can’t steer clear from and that is perfectly ok.  Here are 6 tips you can use to help you avoid overeating during this holiday season.



Don’t Skip Meals

When you skip breakfast and lunch you are more likely to eat way too much at dinner. You become hungry, will not think rationally and eat to the point you feel like you are going to pop. On Thanksgiving morning I plan to eat a normal breakfast with my family, while watching the Maci’s Day Parade of course. Lunch will be at its normal time, and then off to my in-laws for dinner. Eating breakfast and lunch will allow me to use self-control to put into play the next tips in this post.


Make Healthier Recipes

If you are hosting Thanksgiving or bringing a dish you may choose to make a healthier version. Instead of the normal mashed potatoes you can enjoy oven roasted potatoes. How about replacing the condensed soup, fried onions and canned green beans for chicken broth, bread crumbs and fresh green beans for a healthy green bean casserole. This way you still get the nostalgic dish without the calories or processed ingredients. Amazon has pages of healthy Thanksgiving recipe books and ebooks (see the link at the bottom of this post). 

 
Avoid Finger Foods

I don’t know about your family but my family LOVES to eat during a family get together this definitely includes appetizers. Cheese trays, deviled eggs (my personal favorite) and dips are just a few. STAY AWAY…  FAR AWAY. Save those bites for the meal.


Choose Special Dishes

Only eat those dishes you get this time of year. Mash potatoes and green beans I can get any time of year. Turkey, sweet potato casserole and dressing are a different story. It’s inevitable that you are going to eat more than you would normally so make it count!



Use a Smaller Plate

The smaller the plate the smaller the portion. Smaller plates prevents you from piling food on your plate and allows you to eat everything without stuffing yourself.


Chew Slowly

Studies show that it takes your brain 20 minutes to register that you are full. Take the time to enjoy the food that you only get once a year and use dinner time to catch up with your family and friends. This will allow your body the time needed to alert you before you make yourself sick.

With Thanksgiving only days away keep these tips in mind and share your tips and your healthy recipes in the comments below.

Happy Thanksgiving and God bless!

-Kara

 


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11/15/2016 7:05pm

Love these tips! one thing I do is allow myself to have anything I want, mentally. Then, I don't feel deprived when I make smarter choices. Instead, I feel in control :)

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11/15/2016 7:43pm

Thanks for stopping by! I love that you mental allow yourself to have what you want. Control is everything.

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Every food served during Thanksgiving is my weakness. I totally agree with you on not skipping any meals. I end up only eating the Thanksgiving specials during dinner and some finger foods on the side. By doing this I only eat the regular amount of food that I usually eat during dinner when it is not Thanksgiving. I also love telling stories and entertaining my family and friends, which might contribute to the reason why I might not eat that much during Thanksgiving. Thanks for compiling this list.

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12/02/2016 11:09am

These tips will definitely help me. I have such troubles every year.

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12/05/2016 6:59pm

I think we all have a hard time with such delicious food around. I am happy to hear these tips will help you out.

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12/07/2016 3:53am

Starting next year, I'm going to apply these tips for Thanksgiving to moderate my eating habit. It sounds ridiculous because it's the most exciting part of the year and you get to control your eating. I've been gaining weight because of my unhealthy habit of eating. I started going to gym 2 weeks ago and I'm hoping for a better body shape. We are in control of ourselves, remember!

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12/11/2016 4:56pm

You can also apply these tips to Christmas or any other holiday you may celebrate. I have found that our society uses food as a way to celebrate. Just last night my family had a dinner to celebrate my brothers return for the holidays. I wish you well and you are correct, we are in control.

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