Tips to Avoid Overindulging & Have a Healthy Thanksgiving

Believe it or not, but you can have a healthy Thanksgiving without sabotaging your goals.

Now that the holiday season is about to begin, it’s easy to go overboard with the calories and consumption. Even though you’re tempted by the pecan pie and marshmallow and brown sugar covered sweet potatoes, it’s essential to avoid overindulging this Thanksgiving and sabotaging your progress. If you’re not sure that you have the self-control to have a healthy Thanksgiving, read on for these top tips!

Limit your portions.

It’s the holidays and, of course, you’re going to want to enjoy a feast with the family – it’s only tradition! Even so, that doesn’t mean you need to pile your plate high with goodies. Aim to have only one plate of Thanksgiving food, including a healthy serving of vegetables. Fill up half your plate with vegetables and fruit, add a whole-wheat roll and a few sweet potatoes. There’s no need to go overboard with the meat or dessert!

Eat before you indulge.

Don’t starve yourself all of Thanksgiving day only so you can feast in the evening. Start your day off with a filling and nutritious breakfast and healthy snacks so that you aren’t as tempted to gorge when it comes to the main meal.

Swap out unhealthy ingredients for healthy.

If you’re cooking up a storm in the kitchen, do a bit of prep work before you begin. You can sub out unhealthy items for healthier items so that you get to enjoy your Thanksgiving that much more. For example, instead of adding butter to mashed potatoes, mix in vegetable broth and herbs. For green bean casserole, swap out fried onions for toasted almonds. Make a cranberry salad instead of using cranberry sauce, perhaps! There are plenty of options to make your Thanksgiving a healthy one!

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Jenna Dillon

Founder & CEO

Jenna is an Executive Coach committed to working with high performing individuals and companies who are up to exploring what they’re capable of achieving within their lives, careers, company culture and leadership. She is passionate about empowering her clients - standing with them and for them - so they have the tools to create extraordinary results.