For most Americans, Thanksgiving is the holiday when we let loose and, let's face it, binge. Turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, yams, green bean casserole, rolls with butter and a big slice of pie can push you over your calorie cliff. Add to that sugary drinks and alcohol and you will probably consume about 2,500 calories for just one meal! Considering that 2,500 calories is more than most people need for the entire day, here are a few tips to help you eat less on turkey day.
- Don't drink your calories! Sugary drinks cause you to gain more weight than other foods. That's because they have a lot of calories but they don't make you feel full. And they cause you to feel hungry in just a few hours. Instead of sodas, juice or other sugary drinks, try sparking mineral water or unsweetened teas. My current favorites are Hint Fizz, Trader Joe's Sparkling Mineral water -- especially the berry flavor, and Tejava Unsweetened Black Tea.
As we all know, the true meaning of Thanksgiving is to give thanks for what we have. Sometimes it's so easy to focus on problems that we lose sight of the good. Chances are if you are reading this, you have a lot to be thankful for. Last Thanksgiving tip? Tell at least one person what your thankful for.