Thanksgiving is less than a week away which means you are about to be ambushed by some seriously delicious food! Whether you’re travelling home for mom’s pecan pie or passing around the mashed potatoes at a “friendsgiving” celebration, most likely you will have the opportunity to eat. This, combined with the onslaught of holiday meals to come, can have an impact on your body. Although it’s fun to indulge during the holidays, it’s important to be aware of your eating habits. Here are a few tips to keep your energy up and body happy during (and after) holiday meals.
Eat a Proper Breakfast
It’s tempting to fast on Thanksgiving before the big meal is served, but this is a definite no-no! If you don’t eat for a majority of the day, this increases the craving for salty and fatty foods and will make it more difficult to notice that “full” feeling while you’re eating. Be sure to have a full balanced breakfast the morning of Thanksgiving so you are less inclined to overeat when the bird is served.
Remember Your Portions
Do you know the proper portion size for a protein? Or a vegetable? According to My Plate, half of your plate should be fruits and vegetables! This means you should load up on salad, greens, and any fresh fruits that are offered at the table. You probably only need one slice of turkey and one whole-wheat roll to complete this balanced meal. This is a bit unrealistic on Thanksgiving day, but if half of your plate is fruits and veggies, your body will thank you later.
Know When to Stop
Pay attention to your hunger cues during dinner and you will be running circles around your family during the after-dinner football game. Eat slowly and intentionally, savoring every flavorful bite and occasionally stop to chat with your group. Eating slowly allows signals to travel from your stomach to your brain to let you know you are satisfied and when to put down the fork. Listening to your body will help you get through the rest of the day and you will easily have room for dessert and coffee later!
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