- Start off the day right. Get your metabolism going with a walk, a run, or dance in the living room.
- Don’t go hungry. Many people, in anticipation of the afternoon feast, forgo eating anything until the big spread. Unfortunately, when you’re THAT hungry, it’s difficult to turn anything down. Enjoy breakfast.
- Have a spread of appetizers. You’re not the only one who’s hungry before the turkey appears. But, save all those calories for the real meal. Think instead of raw veggies and low fat ranch dressing, grapes and other fresh fruit, and nuts in their shell.
- Save a little here and there. Just because it’s a feast, doesn’t mean you have to blow the calories on everything! Think about cutting the fat in half in the mashed potatoes. Drain the grease off the broth before thickening it into gravy. And, peel off the skin before eating your turkey.
- “Eat your pleasers, skip your teasers.” That’s my lingo for “stop eating stuff just because it’s there…eat foods that really excite your taste buds.” So, instead of grabbing a big slice of something you’ve never tried before, take a thin sliver and then ask yourself if it’s a teaser or a pleaser.
- Stand up and lose weight. Years ago, my daughter noticed that when people sit too long, they overeat. And, it’s not until they stand up do they really notice how MUCH they’ve overeaten! They typically stand up, clutch their belly and proclaim, “Oh, I think I ate too much!” So…take an opportunity part-way through the meal to stand up and check your fullness level. Why not fit in a walk between dinner and dessert?
- Remember why you’ve all gathered together. No, it’s not just the food! It’s time to catch up with family and friends – and to relax. Don’t make the day all about the food.
Dr. Jo is the author of “Dr. Jo’s No Big Deal Diet” designed for people who know WHAT to do, but just can’t seem to keep off the excess weight. For more information, visit www.drjo.com.