10 Useful Tips To Minimize Overindulgence & Maximize Joy on Thanksgiving

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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and most of us will be surrounded by many temptations, favorite entrees, and over abundant holiday treats.  So how will you keep yourself from overindulging when confronted with so many goodies, especially when most of them don't exactly fall into the "healthy" or "good for you" categories?  Well, as my gift to you, I have prepared some recommendations to make your holiday a little healthier and help you limit your indulgences:

1. Start your day with a protein filled breakfast to keep blood sugar stable throughout the day.

2. Go to the gym in the morning and do a little extra cardio or make sure you take a long walk before and/or after dinner.  In fact, make that walk part of your Thanksgiving family tradition. Adding healthy traditions to your holidays are a good way to balance out the not so healthy ones.

3. Drink 2 glasses of water before dinner to help you feel full faster.  Don't forget to drink plenty of water throughout the day to avoid confusing thirst for hunger.  

4. Don't hang out by the goodies. No one has that much willpower and there is absolutely no reason to put yourself in a position to test yours.  The further your stand from the food, the less likely you are to overindulge.   

5. Don't feel pressured to eat anything that you don't want.  Food is not love, no matter what your mom thinks.

6. Begin with a spoonful of each dish you love and check in with yourself after you've finished to see if you really need more to be satisfied. If you decide to go for seconds, wait at least 10 minutes.  Sometimes it takes a few minutes for your stomach to send the "I'm full" message to your brain. 

7.  Eat slowly, breathe deeply between each bite and STOP when you're full!

8.  Do your best.  The bottom line is that it's not about what you eat some of the time.  It's about what you eat MOST of the time!

9. Relax and enjoy the day.  Try not to get so wrapped up in what you're eating that you miss out on what it's really all about.  

10.  Send love and good energy to all, including yourself.  Focus on the people you love , the things you appreciate, and work on accepting everything instead of wishing it were different.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!