Many of us are approaching this holiday with trepidation, instead of anticipation. This could be because a once joyous family-filled holiday will be less filled with family this year, or the weight we are trying to lose will not happen if we over indulge, or maybe its a combination of both? What we should focus on this Thanksgiving is what we are grateful for and enjoying the foods around us ( to an extent).
A lot of patients focusing on weight loss goals pass through my doors this time of year and are dreading the upcoming holidays. They believe that Thanksgiving can derail them from their weight loss goals and they need to practice avoidance and deprivation instead of moderation. With added stressors this year, this is yet another stress factor many people are adding to their “plate”. Let’s focus instead on enjoying the food and the company ( be it in person or virtual) and listening to our bodies. Below are some healthy tips to get you through this Holiday.
- Don’t skip out on breakfast. Consuming a healthy breakfast can help us prevent mindless ravenous eating at meal time.
- Incorporate exercise. Just because it’s Thanksgiving doesn’t mean we need to stop exercising. Keep your regular routine or incorporate a walk that day.
- Choose wisely. Try to choose more lighter appetizers to save room for pie or stuffing
- Control your portions. Take small amounts of food instead of over filling our plates.
- Listen to your body! Avoiding eating to the point that you feel as stuffed as the turkey! Listen to your body and its cues.
- Don’t forget the water. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. This can prevent us from overeating.
And above all have a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving and Stay Safe!
Theresa Zangerle-McArtin is a New York State Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist with experience in helping individuals to focus on nutrition in an effort to improve their overall health. She specializes in food allergies, food intolerance, digestive disorders, and irritable bowel syndrome.
To schedule an appointment with Theresa, please call #845.471.9410