Thanksgiving survival guide
While the idea that people gain 5 to 10 pounds during the holiday is a myth (it’s actually closer to just one pound), you still shouldn’t take that as a green light to go crazy at the buffet. Even a single super indulgent meal can make you more likely to have spike in blood pressure when feeling stressed, according to a study from the University of Calgary. And who doesn’t feel that way when surrounded by family?! But don’t worry—we’ve got some strategizing tips that will help you fill up your plate without doing too much damage to your ticker.
Start with the veggies. Head straight to the platter of green beans, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, corn or carrots. As long as they aren’t soaking in a rich sauce full of cream and butter, these are a relatively healthy way to fill your plate.
Grab some turkey! Leave the skin behind and this is a healthy part of the meal. Choose white breast meat to save on fat and calories and instead of dousing it in gravy, put a tiny bit on the side to dip the meat in.
Now hit the grains. Mashed potatoes and sweet potato casserole are a must-have, but a small spoon of each is probably all you can fit on your plate now (and probably all you should be having anyway). They are usually baked with tons of butter, salt, and cream, so have just a taste.
Linger after your first plate. Don’t just jump right up to get seconds, enjoy sitting and chatting with your family and let your body register how much you just ate. You’re going to want dessert, so don’t eat until you’re uncomfortable (you’ll be noshing on leftovers anyway for the next week!).
End on a sweet note. When deciding what to eat, pumpkin pie is a relatively safe bet (especially if you don’t finish all of the crust). But really—this is a special holiday and you should some of your favorite dishes. Just try to cut a small piece and tell yourself you can always go back if you’re still hungry.
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