Thanksgiving Day Tips
The feast on Thanksgiving Day is possibly the most anticipated meal of the year (followed closely by the feast on Super Bowl Sunday). You probably have a favorite dish that makes it on the menu. If your family is anything like ours each person has their own favorite, which makes for a lengthy menu, which makes self-control pretty difficult. But there is no need to panic! I can hear a hint of fear in people’s voices when they start talking about the copious amounts of food consumed on Thanksgiving Day. I will keep this post short, but I do want to take just a minute to remind you of a few good practices when faced with more food than you know what to do with.
- Remember why you are there. Thanksgiving is a time to be with friends and family. It is an entire day that we set aside just to be thankful. Shift your focus to others. Take in the sounds, the mental pictures that will stay with you a lifetime, and even embrace the chaos. While the meal is an important tradition it is not the reason for the day.
- Eat consistent meals throughout the day. One of the worst things you can do is not eat anything in order to “save room” for the feast. Chances are you will overindulge and lose all self-control if you have had nothing to eat all day.
- Survey the spread ahead of time. Before the first scoop of sweet potato casserole is plopped onto your plate, take a good look at everything being offered. Choose only your absolute favorites.
- Moderation is key. Have I ever said this before? This is my theme when it comes to eating (except for sweets-give me a batch of fresh chocolate chip cookies hot from the oven accompanied by a glass of ice cold milk and its all over). Keep your portion sizes in check. Your stomach will thank you later.
- Push away from the table. This one may sound a little silly, but try it. There is a mental shift when you physically move back from the table or push your plate away. For this one to really be effective, push back before you actually feel full. It takes our brains about 20 minutes to realize we are satisfied. You may not be able to control how the food was prepared, but you can control how much you consume.
Lastly, and probably most importantly, enjoy the day! Thanksgiving is a special time. You don’t have the stress of presents. And bonus: the whole country gets to watch the Cowboys play. Keep your focus on being thankful and do not be weighed down (no pun intended) by the fear of eating too much.
And if all else fails, try again tomorrow. 🙂