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- Thanksgiving tables are bountiful and beautiful displays of traditional family favorites. Before you fill your plate, survey the buffet table and decide what you’re going to choose. Then select reasonable-sized portions of foods you cannot live without. Choose small portions of holiday favorites that only come around for Thanksgiving.
- Skip the Seconds.Try to resist the temptation to go back for second helpings take home leftovers instead for the rest of the week.
While each of us has our own favorites, keep in mind that some holiday foods are better choices than others.
White turkey meat, plain vegetables, roasted sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, defatted gravy, and pumpkin pie tend to be the best bets because they are lower in fat and calories.
While you might think it makes sense to save up calories for the big meal, experts say eating a small meal in the morning can give you more control over your appetite. Start your day with a small but satisfying breakfast — such as an egg with a slice of whole-wheat toast, or a bowl of whole-grain cereal with low-fat milk — so you won’t be starving when you arrive at the gathering.
Eat a nutritious meal with protein and fiber before you arrive, it will take the edge off your appetite and allows you to be more discriminating in your food and beverage choices.
Drink more water than alcohol
Make healthy choices and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!