Thanksgiving is just around the corner! This is a great occasion where we celebrate with good company and good food, but don’t get carried away! You still have to be mindful of what you eat. Sure, that table is full of yummy dishes that are probably rich in sugar, carbs and starch, but remember there are also dishes that are rich in protein (whew – that’s a relief).
One strategy you can try when you get to that table is to start with protein-rich dishes. Start with the turkey! It’s not a crime to want to try every dish (because so much love and effort was used to make those) but you have to eat smart. Take small portions of each dish, eat it slowly, and savor it. This will not just help your body digest your food easier, but this will also help you enjoy the food you’re eating and have meaningful conversations with people you’re spending the holiday with!
It’s cold outside, but hey – this is Alaska! Bundle up and go for a walk after your meal. Light exercise after eating a big meal helps kick-start your digestive process and boosts your metabolism. It also releases endorphins to put you in a happy mood (can you say “mother-in-law-induced-stress”?) and will help you sleep better at night.
5 Strategies to Avoid Overeating on Thanksgiving
1. Don’t skip meals. When you ignore your hunger all day, you’re more likely to ignore your fullness cues by the time you start eating.
2. Eat breakfast that includes enough protein. Protein-containing breakfasts help curb appetite all day long.
3. Don’t start the meal with bread. Eating carbohydrates in your first few bites triggers the release of hunger-stimulating hormones.
4. Chew. Practice mindfully chewing every bite completely before you take the next.
5. Enjoy the moment. Before you dig in, take a second to notice and appreciate the food on the table.
Get moving during the holiday! Head outside!
If you’re looking for a less structured workout, grab the family and step into your backyard. While we love a home filled with the savory aroma of turkey, there’s nothing more invigorating than crisp, fresh air. Toss a football, shoot hoops, kick a soccer ball, or throw a frisbee with family for 20 minutes to wake up your muscles and get your heart rate up. Test your competitive edge by playing a game—try these fun Thanksgiving games that your kids will love, too.