How to “Eat to Live” at Thanksgiving Dinner

Okay, you know it’s coming: that wonderful day of turkey, cranberries, pumpkin pie, and football! It’s one of my favorite days.

This year, however, will be a little bit different for me – at least, what is on my plate.  I’m sharing what I plan to do to help you think about making better food decisions this holiday season.

Rule #1: Everything in moderation. Some of us only get Grandma’s Fried Turkey once a year. Go ahead and eat some! Just don’t forget about your portion sizes.  For instance, a serving of meat is 3 oz. Your slice of turkey should fit into your palm.  Go ahead and have your pie – just skip the dollop of heavy cream on top.  Here’s a link to the American Heart Association’s page on Serving Sizes.

Rule #2: Eat more vegetables and fruit.  The way I think about it is: decrease meats and breads to increase fruits and vegetables.  So skip the 2nd dinner roll, pass on the cream-of-mushroom casserole (you know that stuff is filled with sodium and eliminates the healthy benefits of the green beans!), and don’t cover everything on your plate with gravy.  I plan to cover my turkey with cranberry sauce, pass on the stuffing, and eat more sweet potatoes than mashed potatoes and gravy.  Remember, the more color something has, the more nutrients and vitamins it contains.

Rule #3: Enjoy the holiday!  Eat slowly, and really chew up your food.  Savor the flavors.  Cherish the memories.  Dinner is not just about food – appreciate each other and the precious time we have together at the table.  I know I plan to.

May the God of exceedingly abundant blessings cover you this holiday season. ~Eph. 3:20-21

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