5 Tips to Prevent Overeating this Thanksgiving!
Sep 23, 2020
It’s ALMOST Thanksgiving this weekend, and now begins the season of festivities and (somewhat of) family gatherings. DID YOU KNOW...? If you were to gain 10lbs this year 80% of the weight is gained between October and December. For those who are getting anxious for the pounds that may start coming on - do not panic! I am here to support you through this crazy time. Here are five proven tips for minimizing the effects of your holiday indulgences:
- Focus on the nutrient dense foods first to fill you up!
- 1-2 cups green or non-starchy vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, green salad, etc.)
- ½ cup complex carbohydrates (sweet potato, carrots, squash, beets, etc.)
- 3 – 6oz protein (turkey, chicken, chickpeas, fish, etc.)
- Visually on your plate: ½ filled with veggies, ¼ protein and ¼ starchy carbs
- Burn some calories the morning of!
- It’s not about being perfect – its about being proactive! Make sure to get in a workout the day of your festivities. Whether it is going for a brisk walk or strength training at One Health Clubs any sort of energy expenditure will help to balance the extra calories consumed later on that day.
- As well, we are more likely to make healthier choices on days when we have exercised because we have already planted the seed of treating our bodies well.
- You be in control of your intake
- Plate yourself! If someone else is plating your meal, you have given them the control on food choices and portions instead of what you know will work for you. Most people think they have to stuff themselves with a ton of food during the holidays. Eat proportionate to how you would normally eat.
- Bring your own dessert! This is a great way to keep yourself in check while staying within your dietary restrictions (check out my recipes!)
- Energy Bites
- Dark chocolate flourless cake
- Warming Fruit Bake
- Skip, or minimize, the alcohol consumption – choose kombucha!
- Alcohol contains carbohydrates that we cannot convert into energy. You are better off indulging in another serving of fibre-rich complex carbohydrates.
- Kombucha is fermented tea which provides a rich source of probiotics that will ultimately aid in the digestion of your thanksgiving meal!