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how to eat right during thanksgiving ?

I just started to try to eat right and more healthy and going to the gym. With Thanksgiving coming up I am not sure if I will be able to stay on track. Is there anyone else going to stay on there healthy eating during Thanksgiving ? Is it possible to do that ?

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We have two at our table who are concerned with healthy eating, and several who aren't. Luckily, I am the cook (evil grin.)

So-- turkey is brined and the cooked in the oil-less fryer; 'stuffing/dressing' is made with homemade whole wheat bread, low sodium stock and ample veggies; they get their mashed potatoes and gravy-- but we also have roasted root veggies, brussels sprouts, steamed and mashed sweet potatoes, home made cranberry chutney, ponzu green beans (and yes,that green bean casseroleWink ), hungarian cauliflower, low fat/low sugar pumpkin roll and spanish bar cake for dessert (these freaks don't like pumpkin pie-- unAmerican, I tell you!)

They have been eating Thanksgiving like this for years, and have no idea I have significantly cut out the saturated fats, extra sugars and unnecessary calories-- and (singsong voice) I'm not gonna tell them.Laughing

Vicki Bowland 53k
6 years ago

Hi Greg!

First thing's first - make sure you can get your workout in if at all possible. That won't buy you a free ticket to chow town, but it will help you make more health conscious decisions (or, in the least, it'll get a few of those calories off your total calorie intake for the day).

Here are a few other things I can suggest:

  • Eat veggies first. If you're going to fill up, fill up with the healthier items first!

  • Eay slooooowly. Really concentrate on the atmosphere. The conversation with friends and family. Not eating as much as you can (I know I used to do that, anyway). It takes roughly 20 minutes for the stomach to send the signal to the brain that says "Hey! I'm getting full!" So, give your stomach that time. Try taking a bite, putting your fork down and really savoring your food before you take the next bite.

  • Watching the game? Go outside with the nieces, nephews, and kiddos and throw a football around during half-time. It will be good for you AND it will demonstrate an active lifestyle to the impressionable little ones.

  • I don't know if you're a desserts person like I am, but this can often be my downfall. Solution? If you're going to try four different desserts, share them with friends/family. There's absolutely nothing wrong with indulging a little bit, but it can be easy to turn a little dessert into three cookies, two 7-layer bars, a piece of banana cream pie and an ice cream/apple pie combo (yes. I've done it before. Yikes).

  • Send leftovers home with someone. Donate them to a soup kitchen. Give them to your weird neighbor who looks like George Clinton from the P Funk All-Stars (totaaaally hypothetically of course). Do whatever you need to do. Thanksgiving is ONE day, not a week-long celebration (and then you don't have to pretend to like Gammy's "turkey slop" either. Just sayin').

Hope this helps a bit!! Happy

Debbie Pias 57k
6 years ago

Debbie has some great ideas! It's always good to read those to remind myself too! Happy

Here are a few more:

1- Have a small healthy snack 1-2 hours prior to the big meal so that you won't be too hungry or starving when it's time to eat and then overindulge.
2- Drink a tall glass of water prior to your first bite and another along with your meal. Try to say no to alcohol, sodas, juices, etc. as they are just empty calories.
3- Sit at the table far away from food that you know will be too tempting to go back for seconds. In other words, sit next to something that you don't like.
4- Try to only eat those foods that are unique and limited to Thanksgiving time of the year so you can really appreciate those seasonal foods. Someone once told me at Christmastime to only eat those foods that are usually served that time of the year and the regular foods that are served all year long to skip because you can always have them anytime.
5- Exercise on Thanksgiving day if possible. We always participate in the Turkey Trot race in the morning to at least burn off some calories prior to the day starting. Many towns and cities across America have these races (you don't have to be a runner- you can walk them too). Or, as you know Anytime Fitness is open 24/7/365 thankfully!

Jennifer Barbarino 54k
6 years ago

Life is filled with temptation….this Thursday, Thanksgiving, is just another day where you need to exercise self –control, implement good choices, use solid judgment & above all, stick to the plan & strategy you’ve created for yourself. Yes I know, easier said than done, but temptation is literally all around us every day.

Moderation is key, but if you were able to pick one day to bend the rules & utilize some basic, not over-board cheat rules, Thanksgiving would be that day.

Don’t be afraid or ashamed to bust out the AH mobile diet tracker & measure how your day is going…that will help.

Other than that, try small bits & pieces of things without over doing it or over indulging. Eat logically & proceed with your head & not your stomach as it will most likely lead you down the wrong path or urge you to stop when it’s too late.


Tony Nicholson 141k
6 years ago

The key is to not eat anything at Thanksgiving (Just Joking). My tips are to eat slow and portion control. I usually have a little of everything but the key is a bite or two. I also drink water and stay away from the calorie filled drinks.

Courtney Murzyn 28k
6 years ago

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Greg Twardzik member since Nov '10


MemberIron Mountain, MI
11/22/2011 at 10:24 AM