This week families and friends gather to celebrate Thanksgiving. It’s a wonderful holiday, but many people struggle to balance healthful eating habits with frequently unhealthy food traditions.
So how to do I approach this day? Here’s my five-pronged strategy:
#1. I stick with my Step One Foods program. It’s a great way to ensure that I’m getting all the vital nutrients my heart needs.
#2. I’m mindful of what I eat before the big meal. If possible I stick with fruits and fresh veggies. If I’m headed to someone else’s house, and I’m not certain of their traditions, I offer to bring a platter to share.
#3. For the main meal, I fill my plate with vegetable-based sides, and reduce my portions of stuffing, buttery potatoes, and meat with gravy. This doesn’t mean I give up my favorite things, I just change the relative amounts of what I’m eating.
#4. I take a half portion of dessert.
# 5. Many beverages are highly caloric, so I alternate all my beverages with a glass of water.
And finally, I try to keep it all in perspective. It’s one day and one meal.