The average Thanksgiving Day Dinner can pack a hefty caloric punch! According to the American Council on Exercise, the average meal comes in at around 3,000 calories.
Moderation is key, and so is planning and shifting the focus from food to enjoying time with loved ones.
Here are some tips to keep you focused and on-track this holiday.
HAVE A HEALTHY BREAKFAST: Research shows breakfast eaters are leaner. Breakfast also sets you up for the rest of the day. The last thing you want to do is go the entire day without eating, and then binge on high calorie, high sugar foods at dinner.
DRINK WATER: Often humans mistake hunger for thirst. Before you eat anything, have a tall glass of water, and then wait a few seconds.
SLOWLY SAVOUR: Enjoy each bite, and focus on the moment. Slow down and chew your food!
ENJOY LEAN PROTEIN: The great thing about Thanksgiving is that it’s all about Turkey! Turkey is an excellent source of lean protein (white meat is best). It’s loaded with vitamins, minerals and the antioxidant selenium. Not only will you be feeding your lean muscle mass, but you will also be building antibodies to improve your immune system.
LOAD UP ON THE VEGGIES: Aim to fill half of your plate with greens, for example, Brussell sprouts, green beans, and spring mix salad. Go easy on the creamy dressings and starchy carbs. Remember a serving of sweet potato is about the size of your fist.
SERVINGS: Try to resist the temptation to go up for seconds! Instead, have more veggies or lean protein.
LIMIT LIQUID CALORIES: Some sugary mixed drinks can add up to hundreds of calories and more than 30 grams of sugar. Stick to dry wines and lite beer, and water!
GET MOVING! A few extra workouts over the weekend will help burn off extra calories, help you de-stress, and leave you feeling great! (hint - Quick Fits on The Buff Mom TV) More Info