Thanksgiving is a fun Holiday to visit with family and enjoy a large turkey dinner. Many of us over eat because there is so much food in front of us. Between the main meat which is turkey for most families, mashed potatoes, cranberries, green bean casserole, squash and many more food items, it is hard not to indulge. The food is delicious, and with such great company you may spend hours at the table even if it is just snacking here and there. Unfortunately all the Holidays are so close together and many of us gain weight during these times. It doesn't help that many of the big Holidays fall during the winter months where we tend to stay in our homes and hibernate.
One thing you will want to do while enjoying your Thanksgiving dinner is to eat vegetables first. You don't have to fill up on them, but eat some good raw healthy vegetables to start your dinner.
Eat slowly while enjoying your dinner. Embrace the time you have with your family or friends and enjoy their conversation as you eat your food. The slower you eat, the less you will eat. Often times your stomach doesn't send a signal to your brain to tell you that you are full until it is too late and you are over stuffed.
Skip the dessert. I know it may be tempting and everyone else is enjoying it, but do you really need it? After dinner, if you feel as though you need something sweet, snack on some fruit to cure that sugar craving. It is so easy to munch on the things that are unhealthy for you, but it is important to have enough self control and to avoid them all together. It has been proven that sugar is very addictive and once you start eating it, it is hard to give up on those bad habits.
By following these tips you will surely keep up with your diet even during this Holiday season. It is so easy to over eat, but we work so hard at keeping our figure we don't want to blow it on one meal. It seems like it takes so long to lose or maintain our weight, but it doesn't take long to gain it all back.
Most importantly, visit with family and friends who you may not have seen in a while. After all, it is a great season to be thankful for those around you.