Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and to avoid feeling guilty or upset about overeating try implementing a few of the tips below and your Thanksgiving will be a little healthier and a lot more enjoyable.
1. Use The Hunger Scale
"Do not wait to eat until dinner time." Please make sure that you eat a healthy breakfast and lunch, and then you will be less likely to binge on all of the Thanksgiving goodies.
2. Chew More
"It might sound odd, but by chewing your foods more it might not only help you to overeat, but can also help with weight loss. This theory was actually quantified in a 2011 study by Chinese researchers. Reported by NBC in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, if a person chewed their food 40 times per bite, they had lower levels of ghrelin, the hunger hormone produced in the stomach."
3. Choose Your Battles
"If your Aunt Mary is going to be upset because you did not want to eat her famous homemade apple pie, go ahead and eat it. But portion control is key, and this way you will be able to enjoy a little bit of everything on the table without regretting it the next day. "
4. Cook Your Own Dish
"If you are attending someone else’s Thanksgiving dinner, ask the host if you can bring something. This way you can control the ingredients and prepare something healthy and tasty that everyone can enjoy—and you will look like a gracious guest by bringing something to share with everyone else."
5. Drink Up
"We are not talking about wine, beer or throwing back a few martinis, but water. People tend to overeat when they are thirsty, not hungry. Drinking a glass of water twenty minutes before you sit down to have a meal can reduce the amount of calories you consume during the meal."
6. Go For The Greens
"Choose more vegetable side dishes and try to stay away from the breads. By focusing your side dishes on the greener options, you are more likely to fill up on them versus foods that might be high in calories or carbohydrates."
So how do you plan to make it through Thanksgiving this year?
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