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Pass the Veggies! Ways to Avoid Overeating on Turkey Day

Holidays don’t have to break your diet

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and this usually means a feast of turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, and more. Many people overeat on Thanksgiving, so much so that it seems to be part of the tradition. But if you are watching your weight, you don’t want to gain those pounds back on turkey day! Here are some tips to help you stick with your diet:

  • Start the day with a light and healthy breakfast, and some exercise too.
  • If you are the cook, resist the temptation to taste as you are cooking. Little tastes can add up quickly.
  • Prepare healthy side dishes that help to cut back on saturated fat, salt, sugar, carbohydrates, and other added calories.
  • Hold back on the appetizers, or choose healthy appetizers like raw vegetables and a light dip.
  • At mealtime, use a smaller plate. This will encourage you to take smaller portions.
  • Try to eat slowly. Chew and savor each bite.
  • Keep serving dishes on the counter rather than the table. This reduces the temptation to take seconds.
  • Go heavy on the vegetables and lighter on the carbohydrates. Make sure the veggies are prepared healthfully.
  • Choose whiter, leaner cuts of turkey.
  • Get involved in the conversation to focus on something other than the food.
  • Don’t feel the need to finish everything on your plate; if you’ve had enough, stop.
  • Allow yourself dessert, but just one moderately sized dessert.
  • Go easy on the alcoholic beverages. Have a seltzer water instead of that second drink.
  • Put leftovers away and out of sight. This helps avoid picking at leftovers throughout the evening.
  • Take a walk or get some exercise after the meal.

The American Diabetes Association provides additional resources to help you choose healthy recipes and make healthy choices during the holidays. Try Navigating the Thanksgiving Feast for ideas on how to make Thanksgiving both delicious and healthy.

Remember, Thanksgiving is meant to be a day of celebration, so it’s okay to indulge a little bit. And while you are enjoying your meal, don’t forget to reflect on the meaning of Thanksgiving. Remembering the important people in your life and feeling grateful are what the holiday is all about!

From all the staff at Branford Hall Career Institute, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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