It’s hard to resist the temptation of a good Thanksgiving meal. With foods such as roast turkey, stuffing, and buttery mashed potatoes headlining our dinners, it’s not surprising that people find themselves indulging in extra helpings at Thanksgiving dinner, and all of our mindful eating habits are tossed wayside for the time being. Thankfully, there are ways to enjoy the best the holiday has to offer without overdoing it.
One of the best things you can do is to eat beforehand. You’re not doing yourself any favors by starving yourself throughout the day in anticipation of dinner. Not only are you famished by dinnertime, but you’re also at a greater risk of overeating during this period to compensate for your prolonged hunger. It’s especially important to eat breakfast as studies have shown that individuals who have breakfast consume fewer calories throughout the day. Try to eat foods loaded with fiber that will fill you up with fewer calories.
If possible, try to sneak in a walk or some light exercise after dinner as opposed to a nap. This can include a walk with the family or playing with the children. If neither of those seems particularly interesting or possible for you, you can try tidying up the house or organizing your closet. Even if it’s minimal effort, a little bit of movement is better than none at all.
It’s important to keep in mind that you shouldn’t completely deprive yourself of the delicious food available at the dinner table. Rather, you should be mindful of what you consume and asses which treats are worth it and eat them in moderation. This process becomes easier when you’ve eaten something beforehand.
In summary, many practices will allow you to enjoy holiday goodies without getting carried away. The ones listed above are among a few steps that can be taken to mind your health.
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