Thanksgiving can be an amazing American holiday that usually brings thoughts of warmth, fond friendships, family, and gratefulness. For many of us, Thanksgiving can also be the beginning of a stressful time. Whether we’re focused on holiday shopping or year-end reports, this time of year can often throw us off track. And then there’s that: the stress of probably getting off track again this year. It’s time to let this mentality go. Time to embrace the meaning behind Thanksgiving and say goodbye to weight-related holiday stress. Our team of Health Professionals has come together to share our favorite holiday tips to help you plan for the best holiday season yet!
“Avoid leftovers at all costs!!! If you’re hosting, send guests home with to-go plates or donate the extras to a local soup kitchen…. if you’re a guest, don’t bring home extra PIE!! Don’t let your one meal ‘bleed out’ into a 4 day eating extravaganza!!” – Sara Hill
“Our family signs up for the local Turkey Trot. Then we spend the day cleaning, decorating, and having fun before sitting down to a delicious, non-traditional slow cooker meal (like homemade chicken and dumplings). It helps us focus more on the reason behind the tradition rather than the tradition of overeating itself.” – Stacey Gretka
“Use a small dinner plate for your meal, take a “spoonful – size” taste of everything you want to try instead of serving size. Then, instead of having seconds right away, wait a few hours and have a second small meal.” – Kimberly Norton Krecker
“Eat your healthy, well balanced meals (or follow your TNT meal plan) earlier in the day. Don’t save up your calories for that one big meal. And stay active… Do a family outdoor activity instead of just sitting around.” – Angela Wilkinson
“Plan what you’re going to enjoy in advance. If you look forward to the cornbread stuffing all year, then you shouldn’t have to skip it! Fill a portion of your plate with your favorite food while still leaving plenty of room for healthy selections like vegetables and lean protein.” – Laura Falconi
“When you do begin eating, slow down, savor, and enjoy! Put the fork down between each bite and really experience your meal; don’t eat what you don’t care for and truly appreciate that which you do love. Not only with this leave you more satisfied with your choices, but you’ll also realize when you’ve actually become full before it’s too late!” – Stacey Gretka
“Make yourself accountable by confiding in a family member that you are hoping not to overeat during the holidays. That way, there will be a person you can trust and rely on to remind you of your health goals during this tempting time of year.” – Laura Falconi
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