By: Sue Fogarty, MS RD
According to the American Calorie Council, the average American consumes 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat at their Thanksgiving meal!
What are some ways you can reduce the number of calories eaten over Thanksgiving?
- My first suggestion is to cut back on portion sizes. Do you really need 2 scoops of mashed potatoes?
- Eat slowly. This is not the meal to “gobble” down! Eating slower will help you consume less food because the signal that tells you that you are full will have a better chance of reaching you before you over-eat!
- Do not fast before the big meal! It sounds like a good idea to conserve calories before the big meal, but being overly hungry will only lead to eating more and possibly lowering your ability to make healthier choices.
- Drink water with your meal, save the cider or wine for after the meal.
- Take a “sliver” of pie and skip the “a la mode”. You should enjoy desserts during the Holidays, but over indulging can pack on unwanted pounds.
- Be sure to get activity in during the day. Take a walk, organize a football game, play a dance game on a video console! Be creative, but be active!
It’s important to enjoy time with family and friends and food is often the center of what brings us together. Using the suggestions above you can still “have your cake and eat it too”!