Thanksgiving dinner is traditionally a time for eating heartily to celebrate the bounty of the Earth. We can also eat healthily and enjoy a wonderful dinner with family and friends.
Water, please: Drinking water throughout the day and during the Thanksgiving meal washes away hunger pangs that contribute to overeating.
Regular meals: Many people skip, or cut back on, meals earlier in the day to reduce overall calories. The result is usually the opposite. By the time Thanksgiving dinner arrives, we are starved, and we dig right in to those high-calorie foods.
Eat lean: There are plenty of lean foods at most Thanksgiving tables. Fruits, vegetables, turkey breast, and ham are good foods that fill us up but don't fill us out. Cranberries are an excellent source of nutrition and anti-oxidants. Instead of lathering on sauces and gravy, adding a little for taste gives us pleasure without pounds.
Bust the crust: Pumpkin pie is a healthy dessert. Most of the fat and calories are in its crust. By leaving the crust on our plates, we can enjoy this savory treat without overloading our metabolisms.
Walk it off: Stretching our legs after dinner reduces the ill-effects of indulging. A fifteen-minute walk before settling in for the evening burns off some calories and makes digestion more efficient.