5 Tips for a Happy, Healthy Thanksgiving While Dieting

Thanksgiving is a time for friends and family to get together and express their gratitude for one another. It’s also a time for food. For many people, the idea of a large feast is cause for celebration all in itself, but for others that are watching their weight it can be a cause of dread. Here are some mindful eating tips to ensure you enjoy your Thanksgiving.

Eat a healthy breakfast

If you’re dieting, it may make sense to save your calories for the big feast but that only leads to overeating. It’s a good idea to begin your holiday with a healthy breakfast so you’re not starving by the time dinner is served.

Don’t skip your workout

It can be tempting to take a day off from your workout routine on a holiday but working out helps to create a calorie deficit. This calorie deficit will allow you to eat more of your favorite foods later in the day. Taking a walk with the family after dinner is another great way to help burn off some of those calories and it still feels social.

Offer to bring a dish

Offering to bring a dish not only is a polite move for whomever is hosting your Thanksgiving dinner, it also helps give you control over what you’re eating. No matter what else is served, at least you know exactly what’s in the dish you prepared.

Control your portions

Portion control is key to sticking to your diet goals during Thanksgiving. We recommend skipping any foods that you can have all year long and taking smaller portions of your holiday favorites. Leftovers are always delicious so avoid going for seconds and remember you can have more the next day.

Don’t beat yourself up

The holidays are meant to be enjoyed. If you do overindulge on food, don’t be too hard on yourself. Every day is a new day and you can start over on your diet on Friday. Enjoy yourself and spending time with your loved ones.

We hope these tips help you enjoy Thanksgiving with your friends and family. If you have any other questions about weight loss programs, we’re happy to help. Give us a call at 602-494-5050 today.

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