Thanksgiving dinner can still be a time for indulgence and enjoyment, but to avoid the post-
· Consume a balanced breakfast and lunch on Thanksgiving day.
· Make it your goal to avoid over-
· Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
- By drinking water, your stomach will be partially full before you even start eating. Consuming sufficient amounts of water is also important in supporting proper digestion following a large meal.
· Eat from a smaller plate.
- When you put the same amount of food on a smaller plate, you give your brain the visual sensation that you are eating more than you are. On a larger plate, you have a tendency to add extra food to fill the negative space on the plate.
· Enjoy a conversation with friends and family while you eat.
- By engaging in conversation during your meal, you will chew slower, enjoy your food more, and feel full faster. There is a bit of a lag from the time you eat to the time you feel satiated, so by eating slower, you give your brain an opportunity to sense it is full.
· Take small amounts of everything.
- By taking smaller portions of everything, you will not leave Thanksgiving dinner feeling like you missed out on any of the great foods.
· Eat seconds ONLY if you are still hungry.
· Clean up leftovers promptly after eating.
- When you clean up leftovers after dinner, you are less likely to snack on the food because it is out.
· Go outside and play!