A Healthy Thanksgiving

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Kathy is sharing a post about having a healthy Thanksgiving and making good selections at the dinner table.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and as we prepare for a great meal, make a plan to make this Thanksgiving a healthier one.

It can be hard to resist all of our favorite foods but with a few little changes you can enjoy your dinner without being deprived.  Before you begin filling your plate, survey all of the foods on the table and decide what it is that you really want.  Sometimes we eat foods out of habit.  If it isn’t something that you really want, stay away from it.  Start with putting vegetables on your plate along with turkey.  When it comes to mashed potatoes and stuffing, take a spoonful and don’t go back for seconds.  Make sure you have enough food on your plate to be comfortable but not overly full.  If you need to go back for seconds, wait 10 or 15 minutes.  Give yourself time for the food to settle and then decide if you really need more.  Sometimes we don’t realize until after the second helping that we had enough to eat and we didn’t really need more food.  If you want the pumpkin pie, try just having a 1/2 of a slice.  It is the pie crust that has more fat in it so you can always eat the pumpkin and leave the crust.

Before you begin your meal, have a glass of water.  It can make your stomach feel a little more full and you may not eat as much as you would without it.

Most importantly, enjoy your time with family and friends.  If you have planned ahead, you really don’t have to take time to figure it all out on Thanksgiving.  If you have been working on a healthier you or just starting it today, be thankful for the changes that you area making.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Kathy has been posting with us every Wednesday and sharing her story and ideas for weight loss and a healthy life. Miss any of the previous posts?

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