How To NOT Overdo It at Thanksgiving
From October to December, it seems like we go into eating overdrive. The secret to a guilt-free Thanksgiving meal is finding balance without feeling deprived. Use these tips to help you throughout the holidays, no matter where you're celebrating.
IN THE KITCHEN
- When cooking for yourself and friends or family, you have the control.
- Balance the menu: Make some light and healthy veggie dishes along with those high-calorie classics.
- Limit the choices: Resist the urge to make 100 different things -- decide on a few and save some recipes for another holiday.
- Save room: Make smaller portions of your favorite recipes so everyone can have a bit of a taste.
AT THE DINNER TABLE
- Whether you're a dinner guest or sitting down to your own meal, it's not a race to see who can eat the most.
- Downsize: Use smaller serving utensils and plates to help keep portions under control.
- Avoid getting stuffed: You don’t have to taste (or finish) EVERYTHING – that's the beauty of having leftovers for the next day.
- Watch the alcohol: Cocktails have calories too!
AT A RESTAURANT
- Just because you don't know how much butter went into those potatoes doesn't mean you can't keep tabs on what you eat.
- Beware the buffet: Most people tend to take “all you can eat” too seriously -- keep portions small and sensible.
- Order smart: When dining family-style, be the one to order some lighter dishes for the table to share.
- Doggie bags: Just because you’re dining out doesn’t mean you can't take leftovers home.