Gobble! Gobble! The holidays are officially in full swing, and you know what that means—a big fat turkey, your aunt’s special homemade stuffing, and I’m sorry, what diet? Who wants to think about PMS or PMS remedies on Thanksgiving? With so many seasonal food favorites, dieting during the holiday seems almost disrespectful. Like you’re not really giving thanks on Thanksgiving if you don’t hate yourself by the end of your meal.
But before you dig into your turkey feast remember that what you eat affects PMS symptoms (and your waistline). Here are a few tips to help you have a healthier Thanksgiving this year:
1. Don't Starve Yourself Before The Feast
There’s a common misconception that if you starve yourself before the big meal, the calories you save and intake will balance each other out. In reality, the average Thanksgiving dinner exceeds the advised daily amount of calories so if you skipped all your meals before dinner, you’re going to over do it— by a lot. Avoiding meals before the holiday feast causes your blood sugar levels to crash, shocking your body into starvation mode, so by the time you finally get around to digging in your mountain high plate, not only will you overindulge, but your body will cling and store all the fats to protect itself from starvation again.
To avoid overindulging, try a different approach this Thanksgiving and continue eating six meals a day— breakfast, a snack, lunch, a snack, and then your turkey dinner (and maybe sneak in a small slice of pumpkin pie).
2. Work Off A Small Plate
This is one of my favorite ways to portion my meals. Using an appetizer or salad size plate will force you to choose the foods you’re really craving and trick your mind into thinking you’re eating more than you actually are.
3. Stay Away From Potatoes
You’re making you way down the buffet line and there it is, the perfect companion to the Thanksgiving turkey, potatoes and gravy. Whether you prefer it mashed or baked, avoid potatoes at all costs! You may be thinking “but what’s Thanksgiving without some potatoes and gravy?” Is skipping out on this holiday food stable even ethical?” While it may be a difficult sacrifice to make, don’t be so quick to throw away this piece of advice. Did you know that potatoes have a higher glycemic index than pasta?! Eating potatoes pretty much has no nutritional value and increases your blood sugar levels to leave you crashing and wanting a high from the dessert table. So before you mount your plate with a spoonful of potatoes, just think about all the additional fats and calories you can potentially gain just by eating potatoes!
Still don’t think you can give them up? If you REALLY love potatoes, try this amazing recipe for celery root mashed potatoes. You can literally have a whole bulb of celery root for 20 calories. Instead of using real butter and cream, use almond milk and coconut butter to save on calories.
4. Closely Assess The Dessert Selection
No matter how much you stuff your face, there always seems to be room for dessert. But sometimes we forget that desserts are suppose to be a treat and not another meal. While it’s tempting to try a slice of all the holiday pies, assess the dessert table and zero in on one or two treats you really want so it really is a treat instead of regret.
It may sound cliche, but Thanksgiving is a time to bring family and friends together and reflect on what we are thankful for. In modern times, Thanksgiving may just seem as an excuse to indulge in festive holiday foods, but make sure to give thanks to your family, friends, and your body. Give thanks to your body this Thanksgiving filling it with the nutrients it needs to stay healthy.
This post was written by Tania Green, CEO and Founder of PMS Bites.
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