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Thanksgiving Advice & Tips

Another Thanksgiving is upon us with all the food temptations. Thanksgiving has become a holiday about food and not about giving thanks. Don't get me wrong; there is nothing wrong with enjoying the food; what is wrong is that the food has become the main focus.

Here are a few tips to help you enjoy Thanksgiving without affecting your health:

  1. Keep in mind the more food you eat does not mean the more fun you have.

  2. If at the Thanksgiving meal you are serving yourself (buffet or family style), put half of the food you think you can eat on your plate. You can always get more.

  3. Remember to eat slowly and mindfully. Always put your fork down between bites and chew your food well. You will get more satisfaction and eat less by eating slowly and mindfully.

  4. Go to the Thanksgiving meal hungry, but make sure you eat slowly when the meal comes.

  5. If you are serving yourself, the first time you go up to get food, get salad only, and then go back for the main course after you eat the salad.

  6. Remember to leave room for dessert.

  7. Keep in mind the consequences of overeating and how uncomfortable you will feel after. Why do that to yourself? You can have a great time at Thanksgiving without having to stuff yourself.

  8. Whatever you do, DON'T GO LOW FAT. If you go low fat, you will simply just eat more. So enjoy your food and try to stop eating when you have satisfied your hunger.

Remember, the only thing that was meant to be stuffed on Thanksgiving is the turkey! :)

Have a great Thanksgiving

Stavros Mastrogiannis

Sustainable Weight Loss Coach

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