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  • Start with a healthy breakfast. Eat a hearty bowl of oatmeal made with low-fat milk, nuts and berries or 2 eggs with 1-2 slices of whole wheat toast.

 

  • At the festivities, eat a balanced meal, even if it is larger than usual. Holiday offerings often include multiple starches: stuffing, bread, potatoes, and noodles. Instead of eating a cup of each one, aim for one to two total servings.

 

  • Be a food snob. Save room on your plate for your favorite foods and skip the ordinary or less enticing sides, like bread and butter.

 

  • Don’t feel pressured to eat everything. If you focus on creating a balanced plate, you probably won’t have room for everything. Save room for tomorrow.

 

  • Skip seconds. When family favorites only appear on the table once a year, it’s hard to resist them. Take your time, slow down, and savor your first helping. Does anyone really feel actual hunger after the first round of Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner? Probably not. Let your food settle, and save your appetite for pie.

 

  • Taste everything. Holiday feasts are just that, feasts, and a chance to try a variety of foods. But, if you take just a couple of bites–rather than a full scoop–of each dish, you’ll still get to experience all the foods you love.

 

  • Treat dessert as a snack, not part of the meal. Pies are an integral part of most celebrations, but most of us consider them to be an ending to the meal. What if, instead of eating pie immediately after dinner, we waited until it was snack time? And what if we only had a small sliver of each one?

 

  • Skip the grazing. A turkey sandwich here, a slice of pie there, and a cup of eggnog, too. Those extras add up. Don’t forget, there is always tomorrow. Think leftovers.

 

Thanksgiving & the holidays should be our chance to celebrate and give thanks. Think about how much your body will thank you for cutting down and eating more mindfully.

Adapted from Sparkpeople.com: http://www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=xx_ways_to_trim_the_fat_and_extra_calories_from_thanksgiving_dinner

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