Let’s be honest, we all love the food during Thanksgiving. Whether it is your aunt’s famous green bean casserole or grandma’s pecan pie, we just can’t get enough. But, we don’t want to overindulge Thursday and regret it all come Friday morning. It may seem impossible to not eat everything on the table when it is, “Only one day a year,” right? But, have no fear I am here to help with some tips that are nearly full proof against all the deliciousness that comes with Thanksgiving but still allow you eat!

FOOD

DON’T SKIP BREAKFAST

You may think that skipping breakfast to, “Save room for later,” is the way to go but it really will only make you want to eat everything in sight during the real feast. Having a healthy low carb breakfast will fill you up and make you less likely to eat 5 heaping servings of mashed potatoes in a few hours.

DON’T FILL UP ON APPETIZERS

While watching the game on Thanksgiving it is normal to have a couple crackers with that homemade artichoke dip, you shouldn’t fill up on it before the 4th quarter. You know what they say, “Save room for dessert!”

DON’T GO FOR SECONDS

While going through that buffet line grab everything you want the first time around, you don’t need to deprive yourself, take a roll! But that’s it, if you eat a little bit of your favorites the first round there is no need for the second. People often forget that Thanksgiving isn’t the only day of the year that you can eat turkey and mashed potatoes, you can eat both year round, not to worry.

HAVE DESSERT

While you shouldn’t have a slice of every pie on the dessert table, it is okay to eat dessert! I mean grandma only makes that pecan once a year right? Don’t be afraid to have some pie and even a cookie or two, thanksgiving isn’t meant to be a day to deprive yourself completely.

EXERCISE

GET MOVING

Before you sit and watch the game go for a quick jog on the treadmill even for 30 minutes! Don’t have a gym at home? That’s okay; YouTube has many videos that you can watch for at-home workouts. Volunteer to take the dog out for a walk before everyone starts cooking and eating! Watch your little cousins for the morning, they are sure to have you burning calories in no time while keeping up with them.

HAVE FUN

Turn the music up and start a dance party with the family, it will have you burning calories and laughing at dad’s moves! Thanksgiving is about family and not just the food, what about a post-meal walk around the neighborhood to walk off that meal? Involve the entire family in staying healthy; it isn’t just your quest and you will enjoy the company. The options are really endless when it comes to balancing out that big meal with staying healthy.

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