How to Manage Your Food Intake on Thanksgiving
It is not uncommon to overindulge on Thanksgiving. We all know that the extra food intake is unhealthy, and Thanksgiving is about giving thanks for the things you have, not eating as much food as you can before you start feeling really sick. This article offers some tips on avoiding overeating at your next Thanksgiving meal.
Have some of your Thanksgiving guests say grace before eating.An example of saying grace is: "Dear Lord, I'd like to thank you for my family, friends, home, and this banquet that has been set before us today." Saying grace doesn't mean, "GRACE!!!" Saying grace means giving thanks to the Lord for everything you have.
Think about how much food you have eaten in the past.If you've eaten at least 3 pounds on past Thanksgivings, try to eat less than 2 lbs, but more than 1/2 pound. It is healthier that way.
Think about calories.If one drumstick (turkey leg) is 150 calories, eat two. That is 300 calories. Then think about the pumpkin pie, if 1 slice is 80 calories, eat two. 300 plus 160 is 460. If one small squirt of whipped cream is 20 calories, put one medium-sized squirt it on top of your pumpkin pie. That one meal is 500 calories (because of the medium-sized squirt of whipped cream).
Snack a little bit before the feast.Maybe a serving of fruit, cut vegetables, or crackers will hold you for a little while into the feast.
Talk to the guests of the feast.This will decrease the chance of you eating half the turkey and six slices of pumpkin pie. Talking burns the calories you're taking in. Remember, calories are burnt by every single little movement.
Enjoy yourself!You can only do something this big once a year, so don't miss out!
- If you are on a calorie-counting diet, replace 1 drumstick with 1/2 drumstick with a serving of salad. Adding veggies makes any food healthier, except sugar, which would make the veggies bad for you. Remember to consume no more than 2,000 calories a day.
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