The average person consumes more than 4,000 calories and 229 calories of fat from a typical Thanksgiving gathering, from appetizers to the main course. The average holiday dinner has about 3,000 calories and between 1,000 to 1,500 extra calories that can be easily added between snacks, side dishes, and drinks. This is over 2 times more than your recommended daily intake of calories.
There are things you can do to stay on track during the holidays and prevent the extra weight gain. One easy way is to swap some of the traditional recipes, that are loaded with extra fat and calories, with healthier options.
A little help from CrossFit Reanimated on getting through your Thanksgiving Feast
1. Shift the focus
Take the focus away from food and concentrate more on spending quality time with friends and family. Focus on the social aspect of the holiday and enjoy some fresh air outside
2. Before the holiday celebration parties
Drink lots of water before
Eat a snack (protein and carbohydrate) before you go to the party
Offer to bring a healthy dish
Scope out the options
3. During the feast
Eat lots of veggies
Drink lots of water and always carry a water bottle in your hand
4. Avoid over-eating
Remember, your brain is 15 minutes behind your belly. This means it takes 15 minutes after you are full for your brain to register and tell you to stop eating! Slow down when you eat!
Eat with of smaller plates
Remember the plate method!
Eat your veggies first –> protein –> starch
If you are still hungry, go back for more veggies!
5. Choose your alcohol wisely
Drink responsibly – Alcohol can interfere with your blood sugar by slowing the release of glucose into the bloodstream; it also contains a lot of calories – 89 calories per glass of white wine or champagne, 55 calories in a shot of vodka, and 170 calories in a pint of stout beer
Moderation is key!
Stick with lighter drinks and water or soda water as a mixer
6. Modify your recipes
Mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes
Roasted sweet potatoes instead of sweet potato casserole
Try our stuffing recipe made with whole grains
Take skin off the turkey
Swap out bone broth for chicken broth (provides additional protein)
Skip the rolls and load up on the raw veggies
Opt for 100% whole grain rolls instead of refined white roll
Switch out sour cream with plain greek yogurt in dips, casseroles, or mashed potatoes
Holiday Recipe List