HOW TO: Maintain Your Diet During Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, oh my!! The binge holidays are among us! So how can we stay mindful of eating what’s good for us and not over do it? It’s not as difficult as you think.
Drink a glass of room temperature water 20 minutes before dinner and eat your greens first, this paves the way for the harder to digest foods to get through with less distress and energy – also, this allows your belly to crowd out the unnecessary foods. Most of our nutrients can be obtained by eating the right vegetables.
Although menus may differ here and there, Thanksgiving staples typically consist of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and cranberries. Limiting these choices to a minimum allows you to savor the taste but not fill up on the excess need of digestion. Portion sizes are the key! Let’s breakdown your plate; you should see…
-50 percent green leafy vegetables
-25 percent protein source – (usually some turkey)
-25 percent of a good carbohydrate – this being sweet potatoes or quinoa (even though it’s not a traditional Thanksgiving staple).
Remember, holidays are a time for bonding with friends and family and enjoying the season. Allow for some indulgence in moderation.