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Be Thankful and Healthy

Written by Leigh Neely

Homemade Turkey Thanksgiving Dinner with Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, and Corn

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)

About the author

Leigh Neely

Leigh Neely began her writing career with a weekly newspaper in the Florida panhandle, where she not only did the writing but delivered the papers to the post office and dispensers. She has been writing ever since for a variety of newspapers and magazines from New Jersey to Leesburg. With her writing partner, Jan Powell, Leigh has published two novels as Neely Powell.

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