If we’re fortunate enough to spread the table with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, and all our other favorites at Thanksgiving, it can be tempting to say “Ah, the heck with it, it’s only one meal, I’ll eat what I want.”
But Thanksgiving can knock you off your diet track faster than you can say “Amen.” It’s possible to eat 2 or 3 days’ worth of calories at one holiday meal – a recipe for the weight gain and blood sugar spikes you try to avoid every other day of the year, especially if you’re diabetic or prediabetic.
Follow some or all of these tips to enjoy a guilt-free Thanksgiving:
- Eat breakfast. If you’re famished at the Thanksgiving table, you’ll eat more.
- Get a workout in. Burn off some of the bounty you are about to receive.
- Take only what you really enjoy. Feel this way and that about mashed potatoes? Skip them in favor of the special foods you really love.
- Try a lighter version of your favorite recipe. Search the web for recipes that cut calories but keep flavor.
- Limit alcohol, which really packs in extra calories.
- Concentrate on the turkey. A moist and flavorful turkey doesn’t need a pint of gravy or a ton of sides. Experiment with a new way to cook, using herbs, spices, and brining.
- Slow down. Really chew your food and enjoy the flavors of the season.
- Skip the bread and butter. There’s so much else to enjoy!
- Eat your veggies. Fiber-rich veggies will help keep total calories down.
- Focus on the family. Converse more. Isn’t that why you’re spending this day with them?
- Apply the 5-minute rule to second helpings. Sit a while before you take seconds and decide if you really want them. You could also choose between seconds and dessert!
- Let go of guilt. If Aunt Jane insists you have a piece of her pie but you don’t want it, give her a kiss on the cheek and tell her you’ll enjoy one later.
Keeping yourself at a healthy weight helps keep your feet in tip-top shape, something all of us at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland can be thankful for. If you do experience foot problems, pick up the phone and call podiatrists Dr. Megan L. Oltmann and Dr. Craig B. Frey at (440) 903-1041 or make an appointment online. We offer early, late, and Saturday appointments for your convenience!