When the Pilgrims enjoyed that first Thanksgiving, they were worried about having enough food to survive the winter. Today we have a different challenge — how to survive the day without gaining unwanted pounds.
The whole holiday season can feel like a minefield of overindulgence, and it’s almost impossible not to eat more than we want to. I’m pretty disciplined about my diet, yet at holiday parties, like everyone else, I find myself reaching for that extra cookie or brownie. After all, it’s the time of year to eat, drink and be merry. But it’s not very difficult to enjoy the bounty without bloating up as big as the Mayflower.
Knowing that you’re going to indulge makes it easier to eat more mindfully in the weeks before the holiday. Try to cut back on fat, refined carbohydrates and calories, and exercise a little more. Some tips for Thanksgiving: