A Few Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving

The day after Thanksgiving is called Black Friday because it marks the first day of the shopping season and the beginning of the period when retailers are “in the black.” However, for many people the term “black Friday” might as well apply to how they feel the day after eating too much food.

The average American consumes about 2,000 calories at Thanksgiving dinner. So how can we enjoy the holiday without expanding our waistlines? Here are a few tips:

Walk for Half an Hour
Find time during the day to take a walk. Ideally, this should be before the big meal so you can boost your metabolism for the rest of the day. It will also get you in a “fit” frame of mind and make you less apt to overeat.

Hydrate Yourself
From the time you wake up, drink plenty of water leading up to dinnertime. The water will prevent dehydration from any alcohol you drink and will make you feel fuller so you’ll eat less.

Use Smaller Plates
Everyone loves to load up their plates with goodies on Thanksgiving. Trick yourself and your guests by using smaller plates than usual. People will feel like they’re feasting but the calories saved will be significant.

Load Up on Vegetables
Fill two thirds of your plate with colorful vegetables.

Choose White Meat
Choose white meat over dark meat. Dark meat has more calories than white meat.

Skip the Skin
Don’t eat the skin of the turkey. It contains most of the fat.

Chew Slowly
Take your time eating and chew your food slowly. It takes 20 minutes for your body to feel full. Remember that Thanksgiving is about giving thanks for what we have. By savoring every morsel of food instead of inhaling it, you’ll appreciate it much more.


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I guess I will have to walk extra, since I really love the turkey skin. I have already incorporated the small plate tip into our everyday meals!

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