Tips to Avoid a Food Coma this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate the abundance that we have in our lives.  It doesn’t mean we need to put an abundance in our bellies, pass out on the couch with the football game on and start the annual cycle of holiday weight gain.  Here are a few tips and tricks to enjoy the holiday without guilt and self-loathing.

  • Eat a balanced breakfast and lunch.  ‘Saving room’ for the Thanksgiving feast is like putting your head in a lion’s mouth.  Eating smaller more frequent meals keeps your hunger at bay, energy levels even, and your metabolism revving.
  • Limit alcohol consumption before sitting down for dinner.  Alcohol lowers your inhibitions and will derail the best of intentions.  The satiety signal from your stretched stomach will also be blunted.
  • Load your first plate with low fat vegetable side dishes (those creamed or drowned in butter don’t count) and white turkey meat.
  • Eat slowly. Savor your food. Put your folk down between each bite and chew your food 30x. Drink at least 10oz of water with this to increase the volume in your stomach.
  • Now you have permission to sample the stuffing, candied yams, pecan pie or whatever sweet, salty and fatty pleasure you want.  You won’t have much room to do any serious damage.
  • Start a new tradition this year – go for a walk after dinner, weather permitting of course!  If you know that you’re going to do some light activity after dinner, you’ll be less likely to eat yourself into a comatose state.  It’s also a great way to spend time with loved ones in addition to burning some of those calories.
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