I know some of you may not be the least bit interested in holding back this year and are wholly determined to eat until you are in certified food coma. And that’s absolutely fine. But for those of us who don’t want to overdo it this year, I thought I’d post some tips that have been helpful to me in the past.
1) Workout! Why not. It may be Thanksgiving, but to your body, it’s just Thursday. And you happen to have the entire day off, (most of you anyway). So take 45 mins or so of your morning and do a little cardio. You’ll feel more energized for the big day and you won’t feel so bad about overindulging at dinner.
2) Weigh yourself. I know, I know–the dreaded scale. But it’s good motivation for later. Whether the number is higher than you’d like or right on target, seeing it before you head to dinner will help keep you focused on your goals. And maybe, just maybe, you won’t go in for round 3.
3) Drink a glass of water, (or two if you can manage it), just before you fix your plate. It’s one of the oldest and most effective tricks in the book. You feel full from the water and tend to take smaller portions and/or leave more on your plate. Bottom line: you eat less than you would if your stomach were empty.
4) The TableSpoon Rule! If you’re like me and plan to house hop or if your family is known for having a huge spread, a good way to cut down on your portions is to use the TableSpoon rule. That means, you take no more than a table spoon of each item you choose. And just think, if we’re talking mac n’ cheese, sweet potatoes, green beans, stuffing, collards, cranberry sauce, etc., that’s still quite a bit of food. So don’t use that massive serving fork to dollop out your portions, stick to a table spoon or less. You’ll be just as satisfied and won’t have to unbutton your pants under the table.
5) Speaking of which…NO ELASTIC PANTS! I see you out there. Grabbing those drawstring, elastic waistband pants. No bueno. Put on a nice pair of fitted or tailored pants, jeans, whatever, that are comfortable, but don’t give you all that extra room. This way, when your stomach starts to distend and push on that waistband, it’ll be an indication to push away from the table and take a breath. It takes our brain about 15 minutes to catch up with our stomachs. So do yourself a favor and listen to the warning your jeans are giving you. No one likes that bloated, can’t move, too full feeling. Your fitted pants just might be your saving grace.
And finally, and most important….ENJOY YOURSELF!! I absolutely love holidays. I’ve already started listening to Christmas music. More than it being a time for friends and family to get together and appreciate one another, everyone seems just a bit happier around this time of year. Strangers wish one another Happy Thanksgiving, chat in the grocery line, smile more often, make an effort to give to those less fortunate and fill the atmosphere with gratitude and love. It’s wonderful to watch and experience. So whether you go hard at the dinner table or not, I wish each of you a very Happy Thanksgiving and want to thank you all for being a part of my extraordinary journey.
Love and Stuffing,