Hi loves! Happy Thanksgiving Week! Can't believe that Thanksgiving is already this Thursday. So much to be thankful for this year. Finishing my dietetic internship, passing my RD exam, getting my first real big-girl dietitian job! Plus my amazing family, boyfriend, friends, clients, and all of you! Thank you for all your support with the blog and my business.
With that being said, I recently wrote this article for Anton Newspapers and Long Island Weekly. I'm certainly not perfect, but some insight from a dietitian might help you on Thanksgiving Day! Check out my tips and tricks for maintaining your healthy habits on Thanksgiving. Below is a snippet from the article:
Thanksgiving is a time of expressing gratitude and reuniting with our loved ones. Like any holiday, Thanksgiving tends to be a very food-focused occasion. However, you don’t have to be a dietitian to eat sensibly on Thanksgiving! There are a few basic strategies and tips to consider before and during your Thanksgiving meal. Practicing moderation this time of year can leave you with a greater appreciation of the holiday and an overall better experience with your family and friends.
Prep With Vegetables
When cooking Thanksgiving dinner, it can be easy to start taste-testing everything. Once you start nibbling, all of those mindless calories can add up. Before you start to prepare Thanksgiving dinner, set aside a plate of raw chopped vegetables to munch on instead. You can dip this in a portioned controlled container of hummus or Greek yogurt-based dip. This simple strategy will help you stay nourished and satiated on fewer calories. Some of my favorite raw vegetables include red bell peppers, sugar snap peas, carrots and jicama sticks.
Divide Your Plate
Aim to fill up half of your plate with a variety of fresh vegetables and salad. This plant-based mindset is important during any holiday or special occasion. Keeping half of your plate green helps cut calories and adds balance to your meal. Have your guests bring vegetable-based dishes, or offer to bring one if you are going to someone else’s home. Cruciferous vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower, pair beautifully with the rest of Thanksgiving dinner. Divide the other half of your plate with turkey, and then pick a starch of your choice.
Choose Your Favorite Foods
There are certain foods on Thanksgiving that only come around once a year. Browse the table to pick out your absolute must-have items. Portion out one plate with these favorite foods and savor every bite! If you feel obligated by a family member to put a certain homemade dish on your plate, don’t feel pressured to eat the whole thing. Take a bite, and then move on to those foods that you have been craving all year!
Since Thanksgiving involves a diverse abundance of food, it is quite beneficial to create a calorie deficit. Exercising can help keep your weight in check and allow for some wiggle-room when it comes to your favorite foods. Sign up for a Turkey Trot walk/run race, which generally takes place early in the morning on Thanksgiving Day. Turkey Trots are an interactive way to spend time with your family and friends, and also make the day less food-focused.
You can read the full article here: https://longislandweekly.com/eat-like-dietitian-thanksgiving/