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Tuesday, 24 November 2015 09:54

Diet During Thanksgivng???

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No one even likes to think of the word "diet" on Thanksgiving, but some of us dieters are at the very least trying to moderate the meal. Here are some ideas to keep you on track.

The most helpful tip is to establish a realistic plan of action ahead of time, not the day of the event.  Studies consistently show people are more confident and successful when they have a real strategy in place.

1. Stick to two lighter meals the day of the event. You may feel inclined to skip a meal but do not, do not, literally starve yourself all day and then succumb to overeating everything in sight because you are so hungry and the food choices are so overwhelming.

2. You obviously want to be social, enjoy yourself, and not feel deprived on a special holiday. To accomplish this while not gaining weight, keep specific things in mind. Start by consuming enough very lean protein during the day both at morning and lunch. Protein satisfies.

3. Along with your very lean protein, consume vegetables with lower calorie counts. These are all varieties of lettuce, celery, spinach, mushrooms, cabbage, and radishes. Let these be you choices at lunch or breakfast along with protein. Save your fats and carbs for the festive meal. 

4. If you are preparing the meal, chew gum so you aren't tempted to "graze."  Have others taste for you. If you absolutely have to taste, limit it to just that, a very small taste. Ask someone supportive to cook with you. It’s easy to consume an entire meal’s worth of food when "just tasting." 

6. Take your appetite suppressant if the doctor has prescribed it for you. It can take the edge off some of the temptation especially if you eat enough protein during the day. You might also consider a fiber supplement 20 minutes before the big meal to help fill you up. Drinking your water helps too of course!

7. Make sure you review the Restaurant Eating Guide with additional tips on how to handle big holiday eating events. Pick out ideas applicable for you and plan on implementing them. And start mentally preparing yourself now!

8. Consider how you will feel if you weaken and really overdo it. Now think about how you will feel if you eat moderately. Which do you want? Think about these questions before and during the big meal. Find ways to keep your focus.

9. Stay away from the "all or nothing" attitude in regard to your food intake!

10. When you have to have your favorites, sample, but don't heap up your plate. Make it a point to eat your meal with pleasure and mindfulness.  

Willingness is crucial to do all this. "Remember that nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." - WW Ziege. Let your attitude be one of moderation. It's a day to be grateful, and with that attitude you cannot help having the right attitude.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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No one even likes to think of the word "diet" on Thanksgiving, but some of us dieters are at the very least trying to moderate the meal. Here are some ideas to keep you on track.

The most helpful tip is to establish a realistic plan of action ahead of time, not the day of the event.  Studies consistently show people are more confident and successful when they have a real strategy in place.

1. Stick to two lighter meals the day of the event. You may feel inclined to skip a meal but do not, do not, literally starve yourself all day and then succumb to overeating everything in sight because you are so hungry and the food choices are so overwhelming.

2. You obviously want to be social, enjoy yourself, and not feel deprived on a special holiday. To accomplish this while not gaining weight, keep specific things in mind. Start by consuming enough very lean protein during the day both at morning and lunch. Protein satisfies.

3. Along with your very lean protein, consume vegetables with lower calorie counts. These are all varieties of lettuce, celery, spinach, mushrooms, cabbage, and radishes. Let these be you choices at lunch or breakfast along with protein. Save your fats and carbs for the festive meal. 

4. If you are preparing the meal, chew gum so you aren't tempted to "graze."  Have others taste for you. If you absolutely have to taste, limit it to just that, a very small taste. Ask someone supportive to cook with you. It’s easy to consume an entire meal’s worth of food when "just tasting." 

6. Take your appetite suppressant if the doctor has prescribed it for you. It can take the edge off some of the temptation especially if you eat enough protein during the day. You might also consider a fiber supplement 20 minutes before the big meal to help fill you up. Drinking your water helps too of course!

7. Make sure you review the Restaurant Eating Guide with additional tips on how to handle big holiday eating events. Pick out ideas applicable for you and plan on implementing them. And start mentally preparing yourself now!

8. Consider how you will feel if you weaken and really overdo it. Now think about how you will feel if you eat moderately. Which do you want? Think about these questions before and during the big meal. Find ways to keep your focus.

9. Stay away from the "all or nothing" attitude in regard to your food intake!

10. When you have to have your favorites, sample, but don't heap up your plate. Make it a point to eat your meal with pleasure and mindfulness.  

Willingness is crucial to do all this. "Remember that nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." - WW Ziege. Let your attitude be one of moderation. It's a day to be grateful, and with that attitude you cannot help having the right attitude.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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