When you’re dining with family on Thanksgiving, it’s hard to control your eating. You’re talking to one another and you’re not thinking of everything you’re putting into your mouth. But there are some things we can do to avoid overeating on Thanksgiving. Follow these helpful tips and you’ll have a satisfying Thanksgiving feast…without the tummy ache.
Eat the meat and vegetables on your plate first.
Start with a salad with fresh vegetables, avocado and oil and vinegar dressing. Then consume the high-protein foods on your plate, such as meats and vegetables.
Side dishes like biscuits, mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes are high in carbohydrates. It’s much healthier to start with the meat and vegetables and hopefully you’ll be full enough on them that you won’t have to worry about eating the rest.
Stay away from the worst Thanksgiving foods.
Potatoes, gravy, canned cranberry sauce, any type of juice, these are some of the big ones. I would stay away from cranberry dressing altogether. Cranberry dressing doesn’t have as much sugar as the juice but it still has a lot.
Definitely don’t get canned cranberry jelly. If you must have cranberry jelly, get the whole cranberry dressing sold in a jar instead. It has the whole berry and is fresher as a result.
Remember, everything in moderation.
It’s a holiday, so you don’t have to forego everything. If you can’t pass up mashed potatoes and stuffing, go ahead and eat them, but opt for smaller portions.
The same goes for dessert. Pumpkin pie is practically synonymous with Thanksgiving. I’m not telling you not to eat sweets. I’m just saying have a little bit and stop.
If you’re going to consume alcoholic beverages, stay away from wine and beer.
Try to go with hard liquor. A good bourbon on the rocks is fine. You can also have a vodka with a twist of lime. That’s a good ketogenic drink. But beer is made from wheat and has a lot of carbohydrates. Even light beer has carbohydrates.
Beer is like dessert. You can have one every once in a while and it’s fine, but most people can’t have just one. Wine, too, has a lot of sugar in it because it’s made from grapes.
When it comes to appetizers, aged cheese is the best.
You want to make sure to get cheese that has been aged for at least a year. The longer it’s aged, the less sugar it has in it. Normally it will say on the packaging how long it’s aged. Hard cheddar or a nice parmesan is good.
You can get them at Wal-Mart or at health food stores. An asiago cheese aged over a year also has really good flavor.
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