5 Steps for a Guilt-free Thanksgiving

5 Steps for a Guilt-free Thanksgiving

Do you enjoy Thanksgiving dinner? Or are you one of the many Americans who report feeling guilty after over-eating?  Thin and Thanksgiving–two words that don’t often go together. But if you have a game plan, this could be the year  you finally experience a guilt-free Thanksgiving feast. With a little know-how, you can enjoy your Thanksgiving favorites without having to loosen your belt.

1) Exercise Early

If you start your day with exercise, then you will have a calorie deficit before you indulge in your favorite foods. Have you considered participating in a fun run? Thanksgiving Day is a popular time for community walk and runs.

2) Eat Breakfast

Eating a small meal in the morning can give you more control over your appetite. Start your day with a small breakfast so you won’t be starving when you sit down for the Thanksgiving feast.

3) Portion Control

Thanksgiving meals offer a variety of foods to choose from. Before you fill your plate with everything, survey the options and decide what you want to choose. Then select reasonable portions of the foods that you want. Remember, if you keep your portions small, you can enjoy whatever foods you like.

4) Lighten Up

Try healthier recipes with less fat, sugar and calories. You can do this by reducing oil and butter or by using fat-free chicken broth in the gravy and baste the turkey. And, check out the below delicious alternative to traditional pumpkin pie. Save calories without sacrificing any of the flavor by preparing pumpkin parfaits.

You’ll need: 

½ cup Greek vanilla yogurt

½ cup pure pumpkin

2-4 tsp (depending on desired taste) of cinnamon

Light whipped cream

1 crunchy peanut butter granola bar

1 tsp honey *optional

Directions: smash the granola bar into pieces, set aside. Mix the pure pumpkin with the vanilla yogurt, mix cinnamon (and honey if desired) into the yogurt mix. Top with light whipped cream. (approximately 4 tbsp. or as desired). Sprinkle granola on top and enjoy.

 

pumpkinparfait

 

5) Avoid Hot Topics

This is especially important if you are an emotional eater. It may not be wise to bring up politics or other sore spots if you want to avoid stress. Instead, choose to focus on more positive and less controversial topics.

Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving, Everyone. Comment below to tell us your tips for a healthy and stress-free Thanksgiving. 


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