Happy Thanksgiving weekend to my fellow Canadians! I know Thanksgiving is technically on Monday but many of us have celebrations all throughout the weekend and maybe multiple celebrations with different family or friends.
This year I only have one Thanksgiving feast. My sister is putting it on and I can’t wait. When my family gets together for Thanksgiving it truly is a feast. We don’t stop at turkey, mashed potatoes & stuffing. We add ham, sweet & sour meatballs and most importantly, perogies. My family isn’t Ukranian but you would think we are with our love of perogies. They are a staple food at every one of our get togethers.
Even as I begin to talk about the food this weekend I am drooling and thinking of how much I want to eat. Which brings me to the topic of today’s FYI Friday post! (Don’t forget to join the link-up below)
How to prevent the Thanksgiving Bulge:
Thanksgiving is often a time of overeating. There is so much delicious food, you load up your plate, try to save your favourites to the end and then literally stuff yourself until you can’t eat anymore. Oh wait, then there’s pie, you find that little extra space for the pumpkin pie. Then you literally can’t eat anymore!
Believe me, I am no stranger to over eating at Thanksgiving. I have even had to undo a button or two.
But after you finish stuffing yourself to the point of button popping, you feel terrible both physically and emotionally. So this year, I am determined to prevent that from happening with a few simple steps.
1. Exercise on Thanksgiving
It’s pretty much common knowledge you are going to eat more than average on Thanksgiving, you can counteract that somewhat through exercise. If you like running see if there is a Turkey Trot race in your area. It’s a great way to get out and enjoy a fall day and at the same time make room for some turkey.
2. Watch the pre-feast snacking
I don’t know about your family but whenever I go to Thanksgiving there is always a ton of snacking food out before dinner. There are chips, snack mixes, chocolates, etc. It’s easy to fill up on these snack items before its even time for dinner. If you’re a grazer, consider offering to bring a veggie plate or other healthy appetizer. That way you can snack without pre-stuffing yourself.
3. Stick to single servings
There’s a tendency to go back for seconds on occasions like Thanksgiving but before heading back to load up your plate stop to consider if you are still hungry. If you are not physiologically hungry there is no need for second helpings. Plus, you do want to save room for the pie. 😉
4. Watch the carbs
Between the mashed potato, sweet potato, dinner rolls and stuffing there are enough carbs to fuel you for a marathon. Be mindful of the serving size you take of each item you take and skip an item if it’s not your favourite. Dinner rolls are basically just filler anyways, right?
5. Practice mindful eating
Slow down your eating and enjoy what you are having. Savour the special treats you only get to have once a year like the marshmallow yam casserole or the pumpkin pie. Pay attention to your fullness levels. You do not have to finish everything on your plate. If you’re satisfied, stop eating
Hope these tips help you with your feast this weekend. Enjoy your Thanksgiving festivities.
Have you ever undone a button from overeating? What do you do to prevent overeating at Thanksgiving?