Thanksgiving is literally just around the corner and most of you must be going out of your way to curb eating now and save your appetite for the Day. Thanksgiving has slowly become a festival of eating more than anything. Yes, eating on thanksgiving cannot be curbed but you can enjoy the festival without overeating. Brian Wansink, who wrote ‘Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions and Mindless Eating’, explains in his book how we tend to eat more than what we think. This is one of the reasons of overeating on Thanksgiving.
This Thanksgiving, let the stuffing be left to just turkey, and not you becoming stuffed like a turkey. On an average, we consume 1,800-2000 calories each day but on Thanksgiving, it is easily around 4000 or more. Any plans of dieting fall flat on that day when you are surrounded by friends, family, food, and festivity.
Thanksgiving is all about eating healthy home cooked meals with your entire family and therefore, we have got you some really easy hacks to healthy eating on Thanksgiving this Thursday, which will keep you satiated but light. Follow these and you won’t need Joey’s Thanksgiving pants from ‘Friends’.
1. No snacking
Firstly, it is important to understand that Thanksgiving is about home cooked food, and the bag of potato chips or those peanuts on the table ‘DO NOT’ count as home cooked food! The easiest way to cut back on calories this Thursday will be to say no to those potato chips and other munchies pre-meal. If you cut back on those pre-meal snacks, you cut back around 900 calories, and it is much easier to say no to the chips than the yummy dishes that await you on the feast table.
2. One dessert goal
Thanksgiving means a huge table of various tempting desserts and of course the weight of calories that come with the desserts. You can choose wisely to enjoy and consume fewer calories at the same time. You can opt for your favorite homemade dessert instead of the store brought pie. You should definitely stay away from those candy bowls, or if you want to taste other desserts, you could pick two or three desserts and eat just a small spoonful of each but no cheating though.
3. Proportions matter
Yes, your host may pressure you into taking two or three servings and you may give into it. You need not worry as there is a trick to that. Your host will only remember about whether you took the second serving or not but not how much. You can split your intake into small quantities, so even if you are taking three servings, it will still be as much as you would eat otherwise.
4. Make small changes for bigger results
You could make plenty of small changes that will help keep calories at bay. You could use smaller serving plates as that would mean smaller quantity. You can avoid keeping serving bowls on the table. Follow the ‘Out of sight, out of mind’ policy; it really does work! When there are no candy bowls or chips present in the sight, it reduces 12% of calorie intake, according to Brian Wansink. Just the smaller plates and no serving bowls on table ensure 20% less of calorie intake.
5. Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving
Concentrate on the healthy home cooked feast as that is the essence of Thanksgiving. Include a lot of fibrous vegetables as sides; you can make the stuffing healthy too and of course avoid store brought snacks. You could find healthy alternative pre-meal snacks such as honey-glazed carrots with light dips or home toasted peanuts with less salt.
Thanksgiving is about being thankful for the bounty produce and what better way to celebrate than enjoying the home cooked delicious and healthy food, and eating them with your loved ones. These simple hacks will ensure healthy eating on Thanksgiving. But if you still exceed the calorie count slightly, it is okay! You don’t have to fret.
Enjoy yourself but don’t over eat or don’t overdo the calories. Make up your mind about proportionate eating and do away with all the unhealthy snacks and you will be good to go.