If you’ve been struggling to stick to your diet, you might be dreading Thanksgiving. After all, few other holidays encourage such conspicuous over-consumption of food. For those with health conditions that require them to lose weight, watching your intake during this time is especially crucial. That’s why Williams Brothers Healthcare Pharmacy would like to offer these tips for a leaner Thanksgiving:
- Eat breakfast.
A light, healthy meal in the morning can help you with portion control, since you won’t arrive starving at the gathering.
- Start the day with activity.
This may be difficult to squeeze in if you’re preparing all or part of the meal; however, getting up early and exercising before you indulge in your favorite dish can help you burn off those extra calories.
- Substitute some of the fattier ingredients with low-fat options.
Greek yogurt has a similar texture and taste to sour cream, but has significantly less fat and calories. Other ways you can cut back on fat is to half the amount of butter a recipe calls for or use sugar alternatives.
- Exercise portion control.
Scan the table for which items you really want to eat, and which ones you’re okay with skipping. Don’t waste your calorie count on food you can have all year round—instead, identify your holiday favorites and have smaller portions of each.
- Don’t stuff yourself.
Instead of eating until you feel drowsy, stop when you feel satisfied. Most Thanksgiving dinner items are filling, so chances are it won’t take long for you to get to that point. One way to do this is to eat slowly and truly savor the taste of the food.
- Limit alcohol intake.
The calories in alcohol can add up fast, and inebriation can lead to more consumption of food. Enjoy a glass of water between alcoholic drinks so you can stay hydrated/
At Williams Brothers Healthcare Pharmacy, we want you to be able to enjoy your time with friends and family without having to worry about damaging your health. If you do live with a condition that requires you to lose weight (such as diabetes), let us help. We carry diabetic supplies in our online catalog, as well as exercise and rehab equipment to help you stay fit.