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Eat Without Regret: 9 Thanksgiving Tips for a Guilt-Free Feast (Including Dessert!)
Three things are inevitable each Thanksgiving. People everywhere will warmly gather with friends and family around a table filled with delicious food and give thanks for the bounty that is life. People will pile their plates high with mashed potatoes, turkey and pumpkin pie. In fact, many will go back for seconds (or thirds), and when the horn of plenty has finally been exhausted, many people will regret ever having eaten so much food.
To enjoy Thanksgiving without the regret, here are nine tips:
Reset Your Mindset
Don’t arrive at Thanksgiving dinner thinking about how much you’re going to eat. Instead, think about how you want to feel AFTER the meal. Do you want to feel so stuffed that you’ll soon be napping on the couch, or do you want to try a little bit of everything but still walk away feeling great.
Don’t Start Your Day With a Heavy Breakfast
Start your day with something light like your favorite smoothie, which will give you energy and keep you feeling full for a longer time. Make sure you include lots of fiber (like flax seeds), fruits, leafy green veggies and protein like hemp seeds, protein powder or Greek yogurt.
Have a Light Lunch
Enjoy a small to medium salad, making sure to include colorful veggies and an oil-based dressing (nothing creamy). Avoid any type of carbohydrate at this point, including breads, pastas and sugars.
If it’s not time for dinner and you start to feel your stomach yelling at you for food, curb your appetite by snacking on almonds, walnuts or cashews. Their healthy fats will keep you full until dinnertime, and they’ll also help keep your blood sugar from spiking.
Drink plenty of water during the day. Dehydration can often make you feel hungrier than you really are, and that can cause you to overeat. By drinking enough water, you’ll feel full faster and for longer periods of time.
Take Small Portions
At dinnertime, the best way to divide your plate is by percentages. Using imaginary lines, divide your plate in half, then divide one section in half again. In the big half, add greens and veggies. On one quarter, add the meat. On the remaining quarter, add some carbs like mashed potatoes. If you love cranberry sauce, try to stick to one tablespoon. (Most cranberry sauce contains a lot of sugar.)
Eat Only a Little Dessert
Okay, the best option would be just to skip dessert. But I know that’s hard to do. So just make sure to grab a small portion and eat it with the smallest spoon you have. That way, you’ll feel as if your dessert lasts longer and your brain will have time to recognize when you’re full. Enjoy your dessert with a freshly brewed cup of herbal tea.
DO NOT Go for a Second Round
Leftovers will be there tomorrow, and really. Who doesn’t love leftovers? You can savor the food the next day at lunch or dinner using the same guidelines I’ve just outlined.
Do not skip exercise in the weeks following Thanksgiving. If you’re allergic to exercise, try a few relaxing walks, either after dinner on Thanksgiving or the day after. The exercise will help you feel more energized and burn off extra calories left over from your feast. And who knows? Maybe you’ll enjoy it and make it a part of your everyday routine.
Remember not to hide behind the excuse that Thanksgiving is only once a year. I mean, it is, but the winter holidays are next. So by falling into a pattern of overeating, you set yourself up for a vicious cycle of overindulging and feeling awful, and festivities of any sort are supposed to leave you feeling great.
Read More about the causes, effects and solutions for overeating and weight gain.
Wishing you good health through wise nutrition,
Hello. I’m Matt, Senior Nutritionist here at Optimal Health, pointing out something important that you may not realize about weight gain.
Most people believe that having a slim, beautiful body is either a matter of good genetics (she’s just lucky) or willpower (I just have to control my eating).
The truth is, genetics and willpower are NOT the root causes of your struggle to lose weight and keep it off, no matter how hard you try. Your excess belly fat has little to do with bad genes or ANY of the most common things believed to cause excess body fat.
Your excess weight and your struggle to lose it come down to 3 little-known factors that your doctor might not even know about!
In the next few minutes, I'm going to show you how a weird fruit has been shown to STOP these 3 little-known problems dead in their tracks so your metabolism speeds up, your mood brightens and you no longer have to worry about dieting and exercise alone to get the weight-loss results you want.
Before I get to that, however, you should understand the three critical things that must take place to STOP fat from accumulating in your body (especially around your waistline):
Our bodies are designed to store fat, and for good reason. Our Stone Age ancestors didn’t know when they’d find their next meal. So food storage in the form of fat was essential for survival. Today, our bodies remain wired for survival, though our hunter-gatherer days are long gone. Our bodies will store fat at every opportunity—and prefer to hang onto it. Evolution doesn’t care if you want a flat tummy, lean thighs or slender hips. Evolution’s only concern is that you don’t starve, today or a month from now.
The big, ugly problem: Unless you do something to “short-circuit” this biological tendency to pack on the pounds, you’ll never have the body you want and deserve.
It begins with your appetite, which isn’t easy to control. Modern living—along with blood sugar and other challenges—have made it so most of us are hungry nearly all the time. This not only makes dieting nearly impossible, it also makes choosing healthy foods MUCH harder.
Think about the last time you were ravenously hungry. You would have eaten anything placed on the table before you, right?
At such times, willpower goes out the window. Appetite takes over—and any food becomes fair game.
Cortisol, ghrelin and leptin are hormones that have a MASSIVE effect on your ability to lose weight:
After years of rollercoaster dieting, cravings and hormone imbalance, your overall metabolism begins to slow down.
And it only gets slower with each passing year, not only making it harder to lose weight but actually causing you to GAIN FAT—no matter how hard you try to lose it.
Your body fat levels increase. The number you see on the scale goes up and worst of all, you accumulate ugly fat in the trouble areas that cause you to feel terrible each time you look into the mirror.
This vicious cycle not only accelerates with each passing year, it begins to compromise other parts of your health: Your sleep quality drops, your stress goes up, your skin ages faster—and these things further accelerate the cycle.
Each time, the cycle speeds up, which is why weight gain is often so accelerated later in life.
This is pretty disheartening for anyone looking to shed weight and transform their body.
What if you could naturally control cravings, reduce your appetite, get your fat-loss hormones working again—and fix the slow metabolism that’s plagued you for years?
If you could do that, you could essentially keep your body in a fat-burning state all the time—24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
Can you just imagine how much MORE fat you’d burn if these three factors were no longer standing in your way?
Well, there is a way to fix these weight-gain factors, get your appetite under control, optimize your fat-burning hormones and regain the metabolism you had when you were a teenager!
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These results were pooled together with results from a separate study and published in the American Dieting Journal.
These results were not accomplished by every brand of the supplement, but rather only quality-sourced Garcinia Cambogia with an HCA potency of 70% or greater.
After two weeks of supplementing with a quality-sourced Garcinia Cambogia twice per day, test subjects significantly reduced body weights by 6.8 pounds, and waist-and-hip circumference by 2.5 - 3 inches, on average, compared to the placebo group.
After eight weeks, weight was significantly reduced in subjects by 13.5 pounds, and waist-and-hip circumferences were reduced by 5.7 inches. Study participants walked five days per week for 30 minutes, and they followed a standard 2,000-calorie daily diet.
Garcinia group: The people in this group took 700 mg of Garcinia Cambogia, 30 minutes before breakfast and dinner.
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But even better, what if you could do it along with the addition of several key ingredients to increase your results beyond what Garcinia Cambogia is able to provide by itself?
Well, another “super fat-fighter” is magnesium. Magnesium has been shown to aid in weight loss and body shaping. In a 2013 study published by the American Society for Nutrition in The Journal of Nutrition (a peer-reviewed scientific journal), higher magnesium intake was associated with lower levels of fasting glucose and insulin (markers related to fat and weight gain). In another randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study published by the Journal of Women’s Health, magnesium was found to have beneficial effects on reducing fluid retention during the menstrual cycle, helping to alleviate undesirable tummy bloat.
Add to that—The proven “energy kick“ that potassium delivers. Potassium can help you lose weight by keeping your muscles from getting fatigued and tired. When you don't get enough potassium from your diet, you can develop a condition known as hypokalemia, which causes your muscles to become weak and cramp more easily. This can make it hard for you to stay physically active, causing you to burn fewer calories.
Keeping active is a critical part of losing weight. This is why you need to ensure you get enough potassium in your diet every day.
To sum it up, by combining Garcinia Cambogia (with a minimum 60% HCA) with Magnesium and Potassium, you get the best of all worlds: increased belly-fat burning via hydroxycitric acid (HCA) and increased energy and decreased body fat storage by way of Magnesium and Potassium.
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