According to the Calorie Control Council, we eat about 4500 calories on Thanksgiving, 1500 calories nibbling on appetizers, snacks and drinks before we sit down at the table for a 3000 calorie meal. So, making a few simple adjustments can go a long way. Start by shifting your focus from weight loss to weight maintenance and use some of the following tips:
Opt for shrimp – boiled or steamed
Eat raw vegetables with a dab of dip on every other piece
Have whole grain crackers and half the cheese
Avoid chips and other processed snack foods
Aim for no more than 2 alcoholic drinks – have seltzer in
between and after you've reach the 2 drink limit.
For eggnog, cider etc., half fill the glass.
Avoid soda and other sugary drinks (lemonade, sweetened
ice tea) opt for sparking water, seltzer or tonic (without the
Imagine your plate divided into 4 quarters
Put vegetables on 2 of the quarters
Opt for more of the plainer ones rather than the
Use your teaspoon to take gravy rather than pouring it
from the gravy boat
Go easy on the stuffing – better to eat more turkey – but
skip the skin!
Opt for the whole baked sweet potato, rather than the
sweet potato pie
Use your teaspoon to “measure” out one dollop of butter
or sour cream for the baked potato.
Take half your usual amount of mashed potatoes and add
gravy with your teaspoon
Eat the homemade stuff, skip the store bought stuff you
can buy anytime.
Split one portion with another guest.
Take smaller portions - use a smaller plate, if available.
Eat slowly - Enjoy each bite, put your fork down occasionally.
Take a break before going for seconds - Give your brain time
to get the message that you have had enough.
Remember, it takes about 15 minutes for your brain to
catch up with your stomach.
Don’t skip breakfast - Avoid starving all day. You’ll over eat,
Survey the food before filling your plate - Choose your
favorite foods and skip your least.
Don't drink your calories. Alcohol packs a lot of calories and
can cause you to over eat. Non- alcoholic beverages can be
full of sugar.