We all love Thanksgiving. But the day after? Not so much.
If you’re like a lot of folks, you spend that following Friday wondering how in the heck you ate all that food. And absolutely terrified of setting foot on the scale.
Sliding your scale under the bathroom sink until Groundhog Day might seem like a good solution. But I’ve got a better plan.
It turns out you CAN enjoy your favorite foods all holiday season long without a drop of regret or an ounce of weight gain. Just use these four simple tricks…
1. BEAT THE BUFFET:
Ever go to a buffet? There’s a trick they pull to keep their costs down that you can use to your advantage.
Buffets put all the tempting, carb-heavy foods first, such as potatoes, bread, and pasta. They want you to load up on this stuff because it’s CHEAP.
Plus, you’ll have less room on your plate – and in your belly – for the good stuff like the carving stations at the other end of the line.
Pro tip: If you eat at a buffet, walk right past all the cheap stuff and head straight for the carving stations first.
At home, for holiday meals, use the same trick. Load up on more turkey and take less (or no) stuffing and potatoes. The protein-rich turkey isn’t just the best part of the meal. It’s also healthier AND filling, so you’re less likely to stuff yourself with stuffing.
1. THE NO-TOUCHING RULE:
Were you “that kid” who couldn’t let your food touch on the plate?
Well, it’s time to wake that picky child up again if you were. Because there’s no better way to effortlessly practice portion control at huge holiday meals like Thanksgiving.
Just pick a plate, and put WHATEVER YOU WAN’T on it. But under one condition. And that is no food can touch any other food.
This will automatically keep your portions small while letting you have a taste of all the things you really want to try.
OK, let’s face it. You don’t LOVE everything on that holiday spread… even if you’d never say it out loud.
You don’t want to insult any well-meaning guest who proudly brought an old family recipe to the Thanksgiving meal.
Sure, you like it well enough. But when you’ve had one marshmallow-topped sweet potato, you’ve had them all.
So here’s what you do. As soon as you see a dish, consider which word comes to mind first. Is it like, or is it love? If it’s like, move on. If it’s love, add a little to your plate.
Be sure to follow this rule at dessert time, too.
You can get store-bought cookies at any time of year. And chocolate is always available. But your best friend only makes her special homemade gingerbread once a year. Savor the good stuff and just ignore the rest.
4. SHARE THE WEALTH:
Are you hosting Thanksgiving dinner? Make sure EVERYONE goes home with a parting gift.
Send each of your dinner guests home with a leftovers care package. And be generous.
Keep some of the proteins for your own leftovers. But give away just about anything else. Especially all of those unhealthy side dishes and every last crumb of the desserts.
Nothing gets wasted. And you don’t have all of those Thanksgiving temptations staring at you every time you open your fridge.
Don’t worry; it’s the holidays. There will be more to enjoy later. Just keep following these rules at every feast and gathering, and you’ll make it to Christmas without looking like Santa.