1. Make sure you eat small balanced meals throughout the day, especially before the big turkey or Tofurky dinner. The impulse may often be to dramatically restrict your calories beforehand, but that may backfire when your eyes become bigger than your stomach. Instead of starving yourself, enjoy small, portion-controlled, balanced meals with your favorite holiday flavors. That way when dinner comes around you won't be anxious to dig in. Instead, you’ll make better food choices for yourself.
2. When you find yourself sitting in front of all your holiday favorites, the first thing to do is to take a deep breath and make a conscious plan of what dishes you would like to indulge in first. Fill up half of your plate with green veggies and salad, one quarter with your favorite starchy side dishes and leave a palm-sized space for the protein (plant-based protein will be better for your digestion and well-being).
Slow down during the meal and focus on enjoying the conversations with family and friends. Wait 20 minutes after you’re done with your plate before reaching for seconds. If you choose to get more food, eat it slowly and with gusto and pleasure. By taking your time, chewing every bite and enjoying every morsel, you will help your body do its best to digest the food and leave you happy and satisfied.
3. Make your own healthier version of a thanksgiving favorite and bring with you to the dinner. That way you will have a healthy and delicious recipe to enjoy and to share. Check out my two simple video recipes below!
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