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Thinner Thanksgiving Plate
Use a smaller plate and keep a ring around the edge…no leaning tower of food on top.
Get a lay of the land
Get a good look at all the food options, then pick your absolute must haves. Start with what you REALLY want then fill up your plate going down the “absolutely must have” list. Starting at the top and going down the list until your plate is complete.
Divide your plate
Imagine your plate is divided equally into four quarters. One quarter is protein (turkey, meats), one quarter is starches (mashed potatoes, yams, bread, stuffing) and two quarters (half) the plate filled with vegetables. You are going to get plenty of fats from the mix of foods already on your plate so don’t worry about that macronutrient.
Pause between bites. Put your fork down between each bite you take. Chew your food until it is really broken down in your mouth. Really taste your food.
What does it taste like?
Imagine you are a food critic and you trying to figure out what all the ingredients are?
After you swallow your food, take a sip of water.
Pause and ask yourself did you enjoy that bite?
Are you full?
Pick up your fork for the next bite… or if you are full… stop eating.
Engage in the conversation
Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate and have gratitude for those around you. Engage in the conversation. Tell your most fascinating story that happened this year. Ask what others are doing.
Not much of a talker, then listen …like really listen to what those who are talking are saying.
Drinks whether alcoholic, soda or others are additional calories that will add up quickly. Skip those and drink water. If you want the water to be fancy or look like an alcoholic drink add a slice of lime or lemon.
Get up and move on
When you are comfortably full… get up from the table.
If you still want to sit and enjoy the conversation, completely remove your plate from where you are sitting so you do not have to worry about your brain talking you into eating more.
Wait 20-30 minutes from when you got the signal you were full. If your stomach is growling, then get a small second plate. Really tap into your gut NOT your brain. Are you REALLY hungry?
If you are planning on having dessert, skip seconds completely.
Same rule as above…look at all the desserts and decide what is a MUST have.
I suggest you put mini portions of your favorite desserts on a small plate.
Enjoy and savor them. If you pick a dessert that you discovered you do not like… DO NOT continue to eat it.
I hope you found these thinner Thanksgiving tips helpful!
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