Happy Thanksgiving Eve! Tomorrow is the day when we Americans sit around a table to eat and ideally, give thanks for the many blessings that have been bestowed upon us. It's a day of treasured traditions like watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, signing up to cook your favorite dish, and catching up with beloved family and friends. But for many, Thanksgiving can be a trying time if they have an addictive or dysfunctional track record in portion control.
This evening, I want to offer you some practical tips for enjoying Thanksgiving. Whether or not you are on a diet, you know how you need to be eating and stuffing yourself so full that you can't move is not it. Consider this--if you accept the fact that having just one more helping of whatever it is you're drawn to will not fill you (like really fill you...we're talking soul level), you may have already won the battle. If you struggle with portion control, try a few of these tips out:
-Focus on gratitude as your primary pleasure. The holiday is intended to invoke thankfulness, right? Go ahead and decide in the morning that your primary purpose for the day is to be thankful for all God has provided, not to indulge in your favorite holiday eats.
-Stay hydrated. This will seriously help to curb your appetite.
-Set yourself a smaller plate at the table and fill it only once. No one has to know your little secret, but looking at a full small plate is a visual trick to help you feel as if you're heading into a feast.
-If you're needing to stick to a specific weight loss diet this year, decide which ONE treat you'll have from the get go. Scan the table (and dessert options) and decide which goodie you'll enjoy. Then ENJOY IT! Serve yourself a reasonable portion, get comfy in your chair, and savor every. single. bite. When (yes, when) you're tempted to go back for seconds, remind yourself again of you primary purpose for the day and chose instead to be grateful for the treat you just had!
I love to remind my clients that they are perfectly capable of a controlled celebration. If you've been putting work into a health goal, you know you owe it to yourself to stay on track, honoring that hard work. You can do this!
I am thankful for you, my readers, and hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!