With the drool-worthy aroma filling your house of that turkey roasting, it’s easy to get carried away with overeating by the time you sit down to dinner. But listen guys, here’s the thing, some of us may actually consume as many as 4,500 calories during a Thanksgiving dinner. That’s double Health Canada’s recommended daily caloric intake for adult males!
The good news: Turkey Day comes but once a year, and nobody here is going to tell you not to indulge in a day of feasting. What we will say, however, is that there are a couple of easy tricks that can help you achieve that pant-loosening, eyelid-drooping ‘full’ feeling without going overboard on the stuffing and brown sugar yams.
1. Eat a healthy, light breakfast
Start Thanksgiving Day with a bran-based breakfast cereal. This stuff helps maintain energy levels, promotes relaxation, and is good for your heart and blood vessels. Plus, all that fibre will help with digestion later in the day.
2. Snack throughout the day
This may seem counter-intuitive, but noshing on snacks after breakfast and lunch will help prevent a hunger meltdown at dinner. Munching on a handful of berries, pistachio nuts, carrot sticks, or whole-wheat crackers are great options.
3. Load your plate with the good stuff
You can decrease the unhealthy fat and sugar intake with just a few small changes. Eat more white than dark turkey meat, load up on vegetables, and go easy on the gravy, bread, potatoes, and cheesy casseroles. If your aunt insists that you try every dessert, do half portions of each, and wait at least 10 minutes before going back for seconds to let the first plateful hit bottom.
And remember, as much as Thanksgiving is about the food, it’s also about practicing gratitude. Not only should you take a moment to be thankful for the great spread across the table, but also be appreciative of the people you’re with on this great occasion.
Adam Bisby is a Toronto-based freelance journalist and father of two. His award-winning stories have appeared in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and National Post newspapers, in magazines like Explore, Reader’s Digest, International Traveller and Canadian Family, and on websites including MSN, MSN Canada, and DontChangeMuch.ca. Visit Adam’s website for more details on his award winning work.