Thanksgiving is upon us and everyone is gearing up to gather around the table with family and friends to enjoy some drinks, football, and way more food than normal! Thanksgiving meals are delicious, I totally get it, but I would rather enjoy my favorites without feeling like a beached whale afterward. The good news is that we can still enjoy our favorites without the resulting food-induced coma. It all comes down to portions and what foods we put on our plate, as Autumn Calabrese (the creator of the infamous 21 Day Fix) points out so well in this video.
The Typical Thanksgiving Plate
So, what does the typical Thanksgiving plate look like? Something like this:
What I want you to notice is how many carbs are are on this plate, even without the infamous crescent rolls or bread you know you’ll have. It’s also swimming in fat. The portions are all bigger than necessary and there’s hardly a trace of vegetables. And this doesn’t even take into account dessert, wine or second helpings!
The Revised Thanksgiving Plate
So what should your Thanksgiving plate look like? Well, one of the best things you can do is to start with a salad. Make sure that fresh veggies are the first thing you eat. Then add the turkey, aiming for skinless pieces if you can find them to cut down on fat and butter. Next come your other favorites. Try to minimize sauces, or pick one. For example, if you opt for gravy on your turkey, forego the cranberry sauce. Or vice versa. It should look a little more like this:
Be mindful of your portions, since we tend to finish whatever is on our plate. Go for smaller ones since you can always go back for seconds if you want more, and you’ll probably be surprised to find that you don’t need seconds after all! When it comes to dessert, cut a sliver of pie instead of a full-size piece, especially if you want to try two! Also, try to think about the different food groups. If you’re going to have mashed potatoes, a roll, stuffing, cookies and pie, that is an awful lot of carbohydrates for one meal – let alone a day! Try to pick just your favorites.
None of us what to feel like we undid all of our hard work on Thanksgiving, so be sensible, but at the same time remember that this is just one day. Any single meal, or day, doesn’t make much of a difference when healthy is a lifestyle. However, many people find themselves getting a little off-track with busy back-to-school schedules, more off-track by Halloween with all the extra candy, and totally derailed by Thanksgiving. By Christmas, you can’t even find your way back to the tracks! My point is that the further we let ourselves get off-track, the harder it is to get back on. Don’t let this happen to you. If you feel like you’re already far from where you need to be, don’t wait until the New Year. That’s the biggest mistake you can make. Start now. It’ll be so much harder then and you’ll have put on even more weight you need to lose. Enjoy your Thanksgiving meal sensibly, join us in a 3-Day Refresh, and then hop into my next challenge group so we can keep you on-track through Christmas! To reserve your space, fill out this form and I’ll get back to you shortly.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! May your homes be full of love, your hearts full of gratitude, and your plates full of good food! Xo.