Thanksgiving is FOUR days away!! So crazy!! I feel like Halloween was just yesterday. Thanksgiving is a time to spend with loved ones and appreciate what you have. While I don’t get to see my family this year for Thanksgiving and my husband is away, I do have some great friends that have invited me to spend Thanksgiving with them. And for that I am grateful.
I have been getting a lot of questions on how to get through Thanksgiving without stressing over your food choices. So I thought it would be good to get on here and share 3 tips for surviving Thanksgiving.
Tip #1: Eat how you normally would.
It is important to not skip meals during the holiday season in preparation for a big meal. This is because of something called “rebound hunger”. Rebound hunger occurs when you have not had enough to eat throughout the day and your body gets to a point where it can’t take it any longer and you begin to eat anything and everything you can get your hands on. Especially sweets and other simple carbs because your body needs quick energy. Eating how you normally would through out the day will help prevent rebound hunger and you will be less likely to overeat at the big Thanksgiving feast.
Tip #2: Eat what sounds good to you.
Don’t skip out on eating a favorite Thanksgiving dish because the food is “bad” for you and you “shouldn’t” have it. It is important to keep your mind and you stomach happy. To do this, you need to choose the foods that sound good to you. This will help you feel satisfied and you will be more likely to stop eating when you are actually full. Otherwise you will likely continue to eat in search of the food that will satisfy you until you have overstuffed yourself. If you don’t satisfy your mind and your stomach you will likely eat more than you would if you do satisfy your mind and your stomach.
Tip #3: Get active.
Our bodies were made to move, so it is important to stay active, even on the holidays. One of my family traditions is to take a walk after Thanksgiving dinner. We sometimes even play football or hide and seek with the kids before the meal. This will help keep you from taking an afternoon nap and missing out on time with family and it will also have aid in digesting the big meal you just had.
By doing these three things, you can focus more on you family and less on your food choices. Just remember that Thanksgiving is only one day out of the year. It’s not going to make or break you. Enjoy the day, love yourself, and don’t stress over your food choices! Happy early Thanksgiving!!