A Fit Feast: 5 Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Family, food, and football - what could be better?! With so many delicious dishes at multiple family gatherings, it can be easy to overindulge. I myself am guilty of getting back in line for seconds (or thirds). There is nothing wrong with indulging a little during the holidays, but there are certainly simple and easy ways to be mindful and practice healthy habits during the season. Check out a few of my favorite tips to make your "Happy Thanksgiving" a "HEALTHY Thanksgiving!"

1. Eat breakfast Skipping meals before your family dinner is a recipe for overeating. Try not to think of skipping meals (especially breakfast) as simply "saving room" for your big Thanksgiving feast as your motto this year. When we skip breakfast, we not only slow down our metabolisms, but we will also be MUCH more hungry by the time dinner rolls around - leading to a couple of extra servings of mashed potatoes (oops).

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2. Make a sample platter If you're like me, you want to try EVERY dish and EVERY dessert (especially the pies). There is nothing wrong with tasting every plate on the smorgasbord, as long as your portion sizes are smaller. If you want a piece of pumpkin, pecan, AND apple pie - go for it! Just go for a bite of each slice - rather than a full piece.

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3. Drink plenty of water

Especially before and after your big meal! Drinking plenty of water can help you feel fuller before you eat, cutting the chances you will overindulge. After your feast, water is important for aiding digestion and breaking down food so your body can utilize the nutrients.

4. Sweat before

Working out the day of your Thanksgiving dinner not only creates a larger daily calorie deficit, but it can also curb your appetite. High intensity workouts have been shown to actually decrease hunger in the short-run. Try my Tone It in 10: Legs (click to view) workout for a quick, high intensity, leg-burning sweat session!

5. Start with veggies

There's always that one family member that brings the veggie tray as an appetizer. Thank them! Snacking on veggies before your meal can help fill you up and decrease the chance that you'll have room to overeat on higher calorie foods. Try eating a plateful of fresh bell peppers, carrots, or broccoli before you dive in to the home-cooked dishes.

Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy spending time with family, watching a lot of football, and practicing healthy eating habits. You will be surprised how just a few simple, mindful actions can go a long way.

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