Tuesday’s Daily Piece: Tips for Navigating Thanksgiving Meal

Thanksgiving, annual day of giving thanks, is fast upon us. Many of us enjoy a meal with friends and family during Thanksgiving. Below are some practical tips to help you successfully navigate and enjoy this delicious meal.

If you are guest at a friend’s or family member’s home offer to bring a healthy dish with you so that you know you will be having at least one healthy option. 

If you are hosting the meal, clear the table after an adequate period of time and put away the food to avoid the temptation of guests grazing. 

If you are cooking, limit the sampling (or quality assurance, as I call it) of foods.

Make sure to have breakfast and snack earlier during the day to avoid any temptation to overindulge. 

Check out all of your food options first.  Consider how many servings of carbohydrates that you will select. One strategy is to take small spoonful’s of each food, or limiting your carbohydrates (i.e. potatoes, stuffing, dressing, rolls, desserts, rice) to two or three modest portions. Consider which carbohydrates that you truly want to eat.

Selecting fruits (in moderation) and non-starchy vegetables served raw, grilled or steamed are good options.  Limit the creams, butter, sauces and gravies.

Drink only low calorie beverages, water and unsweetened beverages. Limit alcohol to no more than one drink for women and potentially two drinks for men.

Allow yourself to have some of your favorite treats in moderation, eating them slowly and savoring each bite.

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