5 Tips to Prevent Overeating this Thanksgiving

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5 Tips to Prevent Overeating this Thanksgiving!

 

It is the greatest time of year! We are coming up to Thanksgiving this weekend, and now begins the season of festivities and family gatherings. 

Many of us get overwhelmed by all of the incredible foods that come about this time of year. When you are focused on living a healthier lifestyle AND still want to enjoy the holiday season take a look at this!

Here are five proven tips for minimizing the unhealthy, over-indulging effects that usually come with Thanksgiving holiday:

    1. Focus on the nutrient dense foods first to fill you up! Here is what a plate should look like: 
    • 1-2 cups green or non-starchy vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, green salad, etc.)
    • 1 cup complex carbohydrates (sweet potato, carrots, squash, beets, etc.)
    • 4oz – 6oz protein (turkey, ham, chicken, fish, etc.)

    Visualize your plate: ½ filled with veggies, ¼ protein and ¼ starchy carbs

    1. 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 getting to the gym to strength train, 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.
    2. Be in control of your intake Plate yourself! If someone else is plating your meal or dessert, 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.
    1. Bring your own dessert! This is a great way to keep yourself in check while staying within any dietary restrictions you may have. Connect with nutritionist Kelly Carter for some fantastic recipe ideas at @kellycarternutrition or email her contact@kellycarter.ca
    1. Minimize alcohol consumption – choose kombucha! Depending on what you choose alcohol contains carbohydrates and a ton of sugar that we cannot convert into energy. You are better off indulging in another serving of fibre-rich complex carbohydrates. Red wine and clear spirits are the “best choices” in terms of calories, carbs and sugars. Kombucha is fermented tea which provides a rich source of probiotics that will ultimately aid in the digestion of your thanksgiving meal! It is a fizzy drink that when poured into a wine glass can work as a wonderful drink swap.

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