Many Americans look forward to the Thanksgiving holiday each year. Food, family, friends – it doesn’t get better than that. Until you’ve had your second or third helping of stuffing and you feel stuffed. Some simple tips can help you avoid this mistake during the upcoming holidays.
- Remind yourself of the MyPlate recommended portions for each food group. The recommendations are based on age, sex, and level of physical activity. You can find the daily amounts for you and your family members on the MyPlate.gov website. But remember portions are often smaller than you think. http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/
- Make your holiday plate colorful. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables will ensure you are getting all the different nutrients your body needs. So don’t forget the fruit and vegetables as you partake in the turkey and gravy.
- Try to make half of your grains whole grains. Whole grains are better for you than refined grains because they contain more fiber, which will help you feel more full longer and is helpful in preventing a number of conditions including acid reflux.
- Don’t show up hungry. It is much easier to overindulge when you are starving. Having a small snack like almonds, raisins, or whole-grain crackers can get you through to the meal.
- Take time to be active. After a holiday meal it is easy to want to relax, especially if you are the one cooking the meal. But it is important to make time for regular exercise during this busy time of year. Try working out in the morning before the preparation and festivities begin. Or go for a family walk or play a friendly football game to avoid the couch.