Here are a few survival tips to not ruin my diet, and not go overboard with the drinking. I want to be able to enjoy the time with my friends and family and enjoying the day.
Eat Breakfast – Skipping breakfast can lower your metabolism for the day and make you over eat later in the day. Over eating leads to more calories than you need. So opt for some oatmeal or egg whites with some veggies. You will thank me the next day.
Go for the Veggies – I know, so much easier said than done, but try to fill your plate with more veggies than creamed foods. Even try to just stick to the veggies for appetizer times. If you want to do dips, just try it sparingly. The veggies will make it easier to detox and also is easier on your digestion when you are eating so many other foods.
Don’t Drink Your Calories – This is also a large feat to ask. However, you can choose better options like wine or beer rather than sugary cocktails or creamy drinks with alcohol. Try alternating a drink with water or carbonated water. It will also help you from overeating when you are buzzed and go for the third slice of pecan pie. Besides, you want to be able to taste the turkey right?
Enjoy Yourself – Remember, Thanksgiving is about being with friends and family and enjoying their company and engaging in conversation and not just about shoveling food into your hole.
Spoon Rule – If you want to try everything, just take a spoonful of each dish. That way you can try everything and not feel deprived and actually see if you like it. You don’t want to feel pressure to eat it just because you took 1/2 cup of the creamy casserole and you don’t even like it. That way, if you do like the taste you can make an informed decision if you want to get seconds.
Savor – Have your dessert. You deserve it. But when you are eating it, enjoy and savor each bite. Notice the taste, texture and smell.
Now the real test is, can I follow my own rules?
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!