Thanksgiving is often a marathon of cooking and eating, culminating in feeling as stuffed as a turkey. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Try the following suggestions so you can truly enjoy this holiday without any adding inches to your waistline.
Don’t play the Hunger Games. Keep your resistance to tempting treats strong by eating three meals and two snacks a day, which will keep you full and satisfied. My favorite snacks are almonds and strawberries, Cheddar cheese with some strips of red pepper or, of course, an Atkins Advantage bar or a shake. Stock up on hard-boiled eggs; sliced, grilled chicken and pre-washed salad greens and cut-up veggies so you always have a quick low-carb meal ready to go. Atkins frozen meals are also convenient options that cook in minutes—perfect when you have no time to spare during this hectic time.
Give thanks for (low-carb) turkey. The star of the show is turkey, and it’s naturally low in carbs. Visit our Recipes section for many more low-carb selections: ham, Brussels sprouts, green bean casserole, savory appetizers, delicious soups and desserts.
Break a sweat. Work off any extra carbs with a walk or run or something active the whole family can do after the big meal. Take advantage of time off from work by going for a hike or hitting the yoga studio or the slopes.
Don’t stress about slip-ups. Focus on maintaining your weight this week (instead of losing weight). The holidays are a time to enjoy family and friends, and yes, some favorite foods. There may be some traditional dishes you just can’t resist a few bites of, but don’t use that as an excuse to indulge in an all-out free-for-all. Pick your treats wisely, slow down and enjoy just a little.
Take care of yourself. It’s so easy to let your own needs fall to the wayside, but that added stress can make you more likely succumb to cravings and mindless eating. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, drinking enough water, and don’t feel like you have to say “yes” to everything.