We are T minus 3 days until Thanksgiving, the official start of the holiday season, when we are reunited with brothers and sisters, high school friends who knew you when you were 4 sizes smaller, ex-boyfriends whom you want to impress and grandmas who insist you need to finish everything on your plate before you can dive into that pumpkin pie.
Thanksgiving is also the official start of the over-indulging season when we all let loose and drink a few peppermint flavored cocktails, savor such delicacies as pigs in a blanket, and ‘test’ the many varieties in the box of Godiva chocolates in our office break rooms.
So, today’s Go to It! is a gentle reminder that there is a way to enjoy the holiday season without over-indulging. To help you get in the holiday spirit, I have compiled a list of 5 tips for Mindful Eating on Thanksgiving:
- Potty breaks burn calories. Drink a glass of water for each alcoholic beverage you drink. The liquid will trick you into feeling full so you are less likely to over-indulge on sweet potato pie, you will prevent a hangover, you will be less likely to make a fool of yourself during awkward family discussions and you’ll have to use the rest room every 15 minutes.
- Watching football is not exercise. Before you sit down for turkey, consider going outside for some fresh air and exercise. You’ll enjoy the turkey much more for having worked up an appetite. If you are the designated chef, try doing some lunges, squats and jumping jacks while in the kitchen.
- Size matters. Visualize your stomach—it’s tiny!!—before you pile the stuffing, mashed potatoes and turkey onto your plate; start with small portions and load up on vegetables for the first round. You can always go back for seconds!
- It is not a race. Your food is not going to disappear if you don’t shovel it into your mouth. Slow down, chew each mouthful until you can’t stand it anymore, put your fork down between bites, engage with others around the table and don’t listen to your grandma; it’s ok to leave food behind on your plate.
- Bond Girls and Lady Gaga. Do you really want to feel like a whale while flipping between the James Bond Marathon and A Very Gaga Thanksgiving? Let’s face it, you will undoubtedly be horizontal, enjoying your tryptophan, wine and carb-induced food coma, but consider how you’ll feel watching the Bond Girls and Gaga in their teeny bikinis if you can’t button your pants.
What are your tricks for mindful eating during the holidays? Share them with us!