Are You All Prepped for Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving is coming up fast, and there are so many delicious dishes to behold. It can be quite the challenge to stick to a good clean diet during the holidays. When it comes to watching your dietary intake, especially for bariatric patients, it is highly recommended that you avoid unhealthy habits for best weight loss results.
In this list of 12 tips, we will discuss not only foods but also behaviors that can save your waistline this Thanksgiving.
1 – Bring a Healthy Dish to the Gathering
This way you know the menu will include at least one waist-friendly dish.
2 – Don’t Starve Yourself Before a Holiday Feast
You will only end up eating more or making unhealthy choices because you are so hungry. Instead, snack on something with protein every 2-3 hours from when you wake up. Snacks should be around 100 calories each so that you are fueling your body until it is time to feast. A good example of some healthy snacks are as followed: protein shake, 12 almonds, a greek yogurt, a hard boiled egg, a cheese stick. These are just a few great ideas for 100 calorie snacks you could go for.
3 – Be Mindful
Think about what you are eating before you put it in your mouth. Make the decision that this is what you want. Don’t eat something simply because it’s there or because someone gave it to you.
4 – Do Not Bake Treats as Gifts
You don’t need to bake all those cookies as gifts. This will only make it more difficult for you to stick to your health goals. Consider other DIY gifts that don’t include food such as makings for tea, DIY face scrub, or lip balm.
5 – Exercise in the Morning
Go on a brisk walk to help increase your energy for the day.
6 – Pour the Sauces and Gravy Lightly
Gravy and other sauces tend to have a lot of fat, sugar, and calories. Try foregoing the sauces or use just a small spoonful.
7 – Stock the Freezer with Healthy Meals
Everyone gets busy around the holidays and has less time to cook healthy meals at home. Prepare for this ahead of time by cooking and portioning healthy meals a couple weeks in advance and store these meals in the freezer.
8 – Practice Healthy Holiday Cooking
Find healthier versions of your favorite holiday recipes and experiment with new healthier cooking techniques.
9 – Keep the Focus on the Fun, Not the Food
Try not to make the meal the main focus of the day. Instead, think of an activity to do with your family such as going for a walk or playing a game.
10 – Don’t Forget to Stick with Water and Sugar-Free Drinks
Holiday drinks typically contain a lot of sugar and calories. These are empty calories and will derail your weight loss efforts. Don’t give in. Bring your own sugar-free drink to your gathering.
11 – Limit the Alcohol
If alcohol is a part of your holiday, stick with one glass of wine and sip on it slowly. Avoid carbonated beverages and any beverages that contain sugary mixers.
12 – Relax, Don’t be Hard on Yourself
Try not to stress about your Holiday meal. Be confident in yourself. Think quickly about what you plan to drink and/or eat that day and stick to it. The more you think about it and stress over it the more likely you are to get overwhelmed.
If you eat or drink something that you’re not proud of, don’t beat yourself up about it! Move on and focus on healthier choices next time.
And there you have it, 12 great tips to follow this Thanksgiving! Be sure to check out some of our nutritional tips at https://www.pinterest.com/mischatravis/pins/
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