Follow tips to keep to your diet in preparation for what is often the biggest annual meal for most Americans
Laura Bransfield, a dietitian, said that the typical Thanksgiving “pig out” is perfectly acceptable as long as it the exception to otherwise stable, healthy eating habits.
Consumption habits during Thanksgiving dinner may result in the development of poor eating habits that will stick with you for the remainder of the food-heavy holiday season.
Bransfield recommends treating the special holiday dinner as a unique occasion, saying that so long as your diet is balanced and healthy before and right after Thanksgiving it isn’t a “big deal”.
However, taking Thanksgiving as an opportunity to begin a spree of out-of-control eating for upcoming holidays is why so many individuals gain weight over the winter.
Bransfield also suggests avoiding the notion that starving yourself on the day of Thanksgiving, saying that your typical, balanced diet should be followed for lunch and even breakfast to ensure that you are appropriately hungry for the meal.
What you put on your plate is important
What you choose to add to your plate is also a considerable factor in staying healthy, with Bransfield suggesting less stuffing, less turkey, and a lot more vegetables to fill you up.
Bransfield says the best strategy most dietitians recommend is to fill at least half your plate with vegetables, and assign the other half to proteins and starchy foods rather than piling your plate high with mashed potatoes, macaroni, and other carbohydrate-rich food.
Lastly, Bransfield mentions how important perception of the holiday is to establish a healthy eating strategy for the other special dinners spread across the holiday, such as Christmas dinner.
Bransfield adds that as long you treat Thanksgiving as a very special, rare occasion rather than an excuse to stuff yourself you won’t have trouble sticking to a decent diet.