It’s that time of the year again. The time of the year when families, friends, and coworkers come together to feast for the holidays, which can unfortunately wreak havoc on your diet if you’re not careful. Fear not, dear reader! With this collection of healthy holiday tips, you and your waistline are sure to have a happy holiday season!
Portion control is crucial when it comes to dietary strategies during Thanksgiving Dinner. That being said, it can be quite the hassle to try counting calories and keeping up with a food journal in front of family members while they are watching the Thanksgiving Parade. It can also be quite awkward if you wind up holding the line for the mashed potatoes while you are leveling your portion out with a measuring cup that you brought from home. How can you keep control of your portions and not let it ruin your time with friends and family?
Luckily, the solution for this dilemma can be found in your hands…literally. This handy chart below demonstrates how you are supposed to generally measure your meal intake for vegetables, proteins, carbs, and fat.
According to Precision Nutrition, “Your palm determines your protein portions, your fist determines your veggie portions, your cupped hand determines your carb dense portions, and your thumb determines your fat portions.” They also go on to suggest that as a general rule of thumb, the portion size for men involves “two palms, fists, hands, and thumbs per meal” while the portion size for women is “one palm, fist, hand and thumb per meal.”
While portion control is the main strategy for having a happy Thanksgiving for both your taste buds and your waistline, here are a few more tips that will help you keep on the right track during the day of the feast.
- Avoid Sodas and Alcohol on Thanksgiving Day: Both of those drinks often contribute to empty calories and you want to save those for the turkey and stuffing that day.
- Bring in Healthy Snacks: If you need to snack during the pre-dinner wait, there is nothing that is more filling and calorie saving than a fibrous veggie tray or a protein packed tub of mixed nuts.
- Take a Walk After the Meal: This will not only give you a chance to burn off some of those extra calories to make room for dessert, but it is also a nice way to enjoy the cool fall air and spend time with your family and friends.
One last piece of advice I want to offer is to not let your diet stand in the way of enjoying the holiday season. Treating your diet as something that only exists to make you miserable can not only bring you down, but it can also make everyone else around you feel just as miserable. If you can instead focus on the health that you are gaining from the experience, and the time that you are spending with your friends and family during the holidays, then it will most likely be a very happy Thanksgiving.
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