For those of us who don't want to gain weight over the holidays, taking control of the Thanksgiving feast is critical. Focus is your key word for the week:
Focus on your head:
- Focus on what Thanksgiving really means to you.
- Remember the "thanks" in Thanksgiving. Be grateful for everything you do have in your life: food, clothing, family, friends, health..and even life.
- Write down 5 things you are grateful for each day this week. Steer yourself away from focusing on what you don't have.
- Tell someone "thanks" for something every day this week.
- Do something for others. Donate food to a local food pantry, serve the homeless at a shelter, visit or call someone to cheer them up or just to talk.
Focus on your food:
- Eat breakfast. Start your day right. Skipping only leaves you hungrier for pie.
- Drink water throughout the day.
- Eat small healthy snacks. It's important to keep your blood sugar level in the normal range. If you don't, odds are that you'll lose control around the stuffing.
- Place a fresh fruit or veggie tray out for the entire group to enjoy.
- Choose one or two things that you really want the most for your Thanksgiving meal. Plan to have small or moderate portions of each---deprivation usually backfires. I plan to enjoy my lemon sweet potatoes and a piece of pumpkin chiffon pie.
- Take tiny portions or skip the foods you don't care about as much, or ones that you can have any time. Eat what you will enjoy.
- Make sure you can still see your plate when you look down on it. This is a surefire way to exercise portion control.
- Half your plate should be fruits and veggies. The ultimate healthy plate goal!
- Be mindful of your eating. Sit down. Chew your food. Eat slowly. Enjoy how the food looks, smells and tastes.
- Stop eating when you are full.
- You control your food choices; don't let the food decide for you (or anyone else for that matter!)
Focus on your fitness:
- Take a walk before and after dinner.
- Play ball with the kids.
- Put on the Ninetendo Wii, or another gaming system, and play the active sports games with everyone.
Focus on your success:
- At the end of the day, list all the wonderful things you accomplished.
- Forgive yourself if you slipped up. It's not what happened that really matters, it's what happens next!
Happy Thanksgiving to All!!