Thanksgiving kicks of a season of traditionally gluttonous holiday meals. The holiday season is a great time to start the practice of mindful eating because you will be able to continue to build on this habit all year long. Not only will you eat less, but you will enjoy eating more and experience less guilt and anxiety around food. Before you fill your plate for your next holiday meal, slow down and follow Dr. Lisa's intentional approach to holiday meals.
- Manage your appetite. Don’t skip breakfast on the day of a big meal! Eating a breakfast with both protein and fiber will ensure you feel full. A good option for your pre-holiday breakfast is scrambled eggs, lox, and whole wheat toast. Drink water throughout the day to stay well hydrated so you don’t confuse hunger for thirst. You can infuse your water and add flavor by adding fruit. Here are two recipes that we love along with their health benefits (1):
Slow down! Instead of sitting down and gobbling up everything up on your plate, focus on slowing down the pace of your meal. Avoid multitasking. Spend time talking and listening to the people around you to ensure you eat more slowly. We include Table Talk topics on each of our recipe cards to encourage new topics for conversation! Chew your bites slowly and take time to really notice every unique texture and flavor of the meal. By spending more time enjoying your food, you will likely eat way less. Push away from the table when you are done eating and offer to help clean up the dishes. You won’t be tempted to graze and you will make your host very happy!
Plan to burn it off. Think about which indulgences you will be enjoying during the meal and develop a plan to burn them off. Planning ahead to increase physical activity on the day of a big meal will allow you to feel at ease with indulging in holiday treats. Involve the whole family in your calorie offset plan so you don’t skip it. You could take a walk together early in the day and again after dinner, sign up to do a local turkey trot, or plan a family game of touch football.
- Blackberry & Sage: Rich in skin-healthy antioxidants, fiber and vitamin C and helps the immune system fight seasonal colds
- Cranberries & Lime: Full of vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin C, and rich in antioxidants
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