7 CLEVER TIPS TO AVOID OVEREATING FOR THANKSGIVING DINNER
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TIPS TO AVOID OVEREATING FOR THANKSGIVING DINNER
Because this is Thanksgiving dinner, not a trip to Hometown Buffet. We get it, wanting to devour every food piled across the dining room table,except for the disgusting peas, is tempting AF. And you’ve probably been secretly plotting all year to sneak and hide an entire pecan pie to eat all by yourself because no one makes it as good as Aunt Linda, but no! You need to put the ladle down, and seriously practice some self control. Here are 7 healthy tips to avoid overeating for Thanksgiving dinner like a glutton, because you deserve better than food coma, turkey belly, and mashed potato ass. Say it with me “You is kind, you is smart, you is important”. Now, read on for the tips.
SNACK BEFORE DINNER
You’ve probably got plans to fast, and not eat all day so you can have a bear like appetite when it comes time to eat dinner. If this is your amazing plan, and the only thing you plan to follow on your “Things to do” list, Don’t. Binge eating slows down your metabolism, and makes it easier to gain weight. Instead, snack on something healthy and filling like nuts, or a smoothie earlier in the day to curb your appetite and keep you feeling full, not ravenous.
I hate to burst the elastic in your waistband, but if you want to avoid overeating for Thanksgiving dinner, you need to nix the baggy sweats. We agree, the comfier the better when it comes to clothes, except for when you’re trying not to overeat,… everything. Dress it up a little by wearing a pair of jeans, or an outfit that will tell you when you need to stop. For this evening… consider leggings, the devil.
GO SMALL OR GO HOME
Yes, we know. The saying is “Go big or go home” but you’re trying to avoid becoming the first half of that moniker. This Thanksgiving dinner, try to go smaller by using side dish plates, or mentally dividing your plate in half and only placing food on one side. This will definitely help you to follow tips to avoid overeating for Thanksgiving dinner, not pile on the portions, and eat less.
Unless they’re smothered in gravies and cheeses, veggies are your friend. Grab a few handfuls of healthiness off of the charcuterie plate. Better yet, stick to larger helpings of steamed or roasted vegetables, and proteins, and less carbs, like dressing and potatoes. You’ll feel like you’ve eaten more, without all the stuffiness, and next day shamed guilt.
Drink water. Lots, and lots of cold, hydrating water. Infuse a pitcher of it with lemon, cucumber and mint leaves, for the family if you need to contribute something healthy to dinner. Adults do that. Water will help you to flush your system and keep your metabolism active, while also helping you to feel full. If you happen to need an adult beverage, with all the Thanksgiving, and almost too personal questions, and conversation, then it will help to keep you from the alcohol induced munchies. Water is your friend.
20 MIN. RULE
After you eat, (a lot of veggies remember) there’s always the infamous “I’ll be back for seconds”. Waiting 20 minutes before eating again, gives your food time to settle. Try staying active, walking around, or pretend like you’re helping with the dishes. Usually you won’t even feel hungry once 20 minutes hits. If you absolutely MUST eat again, opt for the veggies and try to pass on large helpings of dessert. We believe in you!
JUST SAY NO!
One of the best tips to avoid overeating for Thanksgiving dinner is definitely necessary for the end of the evening. It’s like tradition in our family to send our guests home with a plate of leftover food and desserts. If you’re trying to chill on the eats, then pass, or take a small plate. We still want you to enjoy yourself…it is a holiday, duh.
Aren’t you so thankful that we were here to give you those 7, amazingly, clever tips to avoid overeating for Thanksgiving dinner? We promise you’ll be glad you didn’t go full glutton. You can thank us later. What are your favorite tips to avoid overeating during the holidays? Let us know.
xoxo Jae and Jacquel