3 Tips To Prevent Thanksgiving Overeating

ThanksgivingLet’s face it; most people are going to have a difficult time sticking to a healthy diet on Thanksgiving. I understand that and don’t even think that it is necessarily a problem. If you have been consistently eating and exercising right, then enjoying yourself over a nice Thanksgiving dinner isn’t going to kill you. However, that doesn’t mean you need to gorge yourself to the point that you need to unfasten your pants just to prevent your seams from busting. With all of the delicious food we prepare for Thanksgiving, it can be difficult to limit yourself to healthy portions and stop eating when you body tells you to stop. I know I have found myself too full to walk on many a Thanksgiving evening.

Despite our tendencies to overindulge ourselves when we celebrate, we can make it healthier for ourselves by keeping it under control. Here are a few simple things you can do to help yourself enjoy Thanksgiving without wanting to beat yourself up afterwards.

Start with a glass of water

When you sit down to enjoy your Thanksgiving meal, pour yourself a large glass of water. Drink the entire glass of water before you eat anything. The idea here is that you want to fill up your stomach, to a degree, before you start eating. Your stomach can only hold so much, so if you fill it up part way with water then you will feel full sooner once you start eating. You may still get that nasty feeling like you ate too much, but since part of the fullness is coming from water, your stomach will reach it’s capacity before you overeat.

Don’t cheat on this. It has to be water (no juice or soft drinks) and you need to drink the entire glass.

Enjoy your food

Many people tend to eat quickly. Slow it down and enjoy your food. Take time to chew each bite completely and enjoy the flavors. There is a lot of good food on Thanksgiving, so this shouldn’t be too difficult.  Chewing is part of the digestion process and fully chewed food makes the rest of the process easier on your body.

Take breaks between bites.  Engage others in conversation and give your food time to settle into your stomach. It takes a little time for your brain to catch up with your mouth. If you eat too quickly, you may find that you have overeatten before you even realized that you were feeling full. If you slow it down a little, your body will let you know when you have eaten enough food and that will make it easier to stop at an appropriate time.

Have a healthy snack

This tip is along the same lines as drinking a glass of water. We want to fill our stomachs with good food before we start on the less healthy food. Try eating a piece of fruit about 30 minutes to an hour before your big Thanksgiving meal. This will make you less hungry and less likely to overeat when dinner time comes.

Decide to be good

As a bonus tip, just make the decision to not overeat. Afterall, it is up to us how much we eat. Nobody is going to force us to overeat. If you really want to be good to your body, you have the ability to decide not to overeat and to take the neccessary steps.

I hope these tips help you get more out of your Thanksgiving without feeling guilty afterwards. Good luck and remember your eyes are bigger than your stomach.


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One Response to “3 Tips To Prevent Thanksgiving Overeating”

  1. Wow , it’s Thanksgiving Day! I’m enjoying my extra day off, and I am planning to make something fun that will probably involve a bike ride and seeing something new in Pace I haven’t seen yet.
    You write new post at Thanksgiving?

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