Stuffed Turkey – OK, Stuffed You – Not OK
As we approach the big Thanksgiving feast, we probably think about family get togethers, favorite dishes, maybe football and some piece of that delicious turkey (stuffed or not). Most likely we will find ourselves tempted to try all kinds of dishes and having a hard time saying no to second servings of pies and cakes. And then we remember that feeling of being stuffed, having no energy and maybe reaching out for caffeine and more sugar. Followed by some stomach problems and trouble sleeping. Sounds familiar?
What if I tell you there are some secrets to enjoy the Thanksgiving dinner without overindulging? First, start with being hydrated, make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day, before the big meal. Second, start your meal with salad and veggies, they will fill your stomach and the fiber slows down the sugar absorption. Third, practice some simple mindful eating techniques such as:
- Chose a smaller plate and don’t pile up the food.
- Avoid watching TV, focus on the meal and the people around the table. Show your gratitude!
- Savor your food, take time to enjoy the smell, color and texture.
- Slow down and enjoy an nice conversation (hopefully the crazy aunt will not derail the family talk). Put your fork down in between bites.
- Set a timer between the first serving and the second. Let’s say you are really tempted by a second piece of pumpkin pie, give yourself a break, go to another room, take a breath of fresh air, have sip of water or hot tea. When you come back, do a mental check: am I really hungry for more pie?
- Brush your teeth after you consider you had enough to eat. You are less likely to keep snacking.
By employing these tips you avoid suffering the next day and will have the energy to go on with your regular activities. Now, I did not touch on the alcohol consumption, that will be part of a future blog, keep checking my site!