We all know the Thanksgiving feast is the special part of the day, but there’s no reason to make everything so calorie-laden, it’s impossible not to feel guilty about what you’re eating.
Take these steps to make your meal just as enjoyable and tasty:
#1: SUBSTITUTE HEALTHIER VERSIONS OF CLASSIC FAVORITES
Rather than trying to avoid foods you love, concoct low-carb alternatives, like mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes, or sugar-free pecan pie.
#2: DON’T TRY TO PUSH AWAY YOUR URGES
You can’t control your cravings, but you can control your reaction—so notice and accept the urges, since ignoring or suppressing them will make them even stronger.
#3: TAKE A BREAK HALFWAY THROUGH YOUR MEAL
Check in with yourself, and note how you’re feeling emotionally and physically, especially how full you feel. If you don’t stop to pay attention, you can be unaware of what your body is trying to tell you.
#4: GO EASY ON THE ALCOHOL
Intoxication makes it harder to resist food urges and temptations, so drink a full glass of water between drinks to mediate its effect.
#5: NEVER SHAME YOURSELF
If you slip up, don’t self-shame—that will only lead to giving up and eating more. Instead, take deep breaths, actively comfort yourself, and focus on what you want to happen next.
Source: Vitra Health (www.virtahealth.com)