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Thanksgiving is a day to enjoy and be kind to yourself and others. Here are some tips to help you do just that.

It is not just about eating but surviving theThanksgiving holiday with friends and family.

  • Remind yourself - why we are gathering and ENJOY the time. It is time to give thanks.

  • BE KIND- regardless of everyone else - set an example.

  • If you don't have anything nice to say - Don't say anything, just smile.

  • DTIP = Don't take it personally.

  • Don't talk politics and sensitive subjects at the dinner table.

  • Have an attitude of gratitude.

  • If you can work-out, run or take a strenuous hike before - It will boost your metabolism.

Eating tips & more, to enjoy your Thanksgiving feast.

  • Drink plenty of water all day.

  • Don't go overboard on appetizers.

  • Avoid alcohol before eating - it can lower your willpower and make you crave salt.

  • Use a smaller plate.

  • Fill your plate with vegetables and salad before putting on the other items.

  • Make smart choices - fewer carbs and more veggies

  • Take a small number of things to taste, you can go back for more of your favorites. Think of it as sampling before buying the calories.

  • This will also fill you up some and you will be less likely to get too much more later.

  • Watch your portion size.

  • Take smaller bites.

  • Eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly.

  • If you don't LOVE it - don't eat more - Sometimes we keep eating hoping that it will taste better.... Wasted calories.

  • Finish your bite before eating more or talking.

  • Do not talk with your mouth full!

  • Drink water.

  • Wait for everyone at the table to finish before getting more.

  • Eat a healthy breakfast so you don't go in famished.

  • Eat light the rest of the day, or even weekend.

  • Take a walk after dinner.

  • Wear form-fitting clothes.. less tempting to overstuff yourself and have to unbutton your pants.

  • Draw a clear finished line! Stop when you are full.

  • If you still stuffed yourself -

  • Forgive yourself and eat better tomorrow.

Thanksgiving feast
Surviving Thanksgiving


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