WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Family, friends, football, and, of course, food are some of the things that come to mind when we think about Thanksgiving.
As you’re enjoying a special meal for the holiday Thursday, there are some tips to remember to keep your diet intact.
“I think that it’s perfectly fine to pig out on Thanksgiving as long as that’s the exception and not the rule,” said licensed dietitian Laura Bransfield of Summerfield Custom Wellness in Wilmington.
Thanksgiving is almost here and many are preparing for one of, if not their largest meal of the year.
Eating all that comes with dinner on Turkey Day can cause you to develop some bad eating habits for the rest of the holiday season.
That’s why it’s important to treat the dinner on the holiday as a special occasion.
“If you eat a balanced diet, all day, every day, and then Thanksgiving is this special celebration day, and then you wake up on Black Friday and you’re a balanced eater again, that’s not that big of a deal,” said Bransfield.
Bransfield says the temptation to save your appetite throughout the day for Thanksgiving dinner is actually not a good idea.
“Throughout the day, if your dinner meal isn’t until 5 o’clock, still eating a balanced breakfast and lunch so then you have the appropriate amount of hunger going into that meal and then it will be easier to gauge the amount that is right for you to eat at that time,” said Bransfield.
How you fill your plate might be the biggest factor in being healthy this Turkey Day.
Bransfield recommends eating less of the turkey and stuffing and doubling up on veggies.
“The number one strategy we recommend is making sure that half of your plate is full of vegetables and the starches and the proteins on the other side of your plate, instead of having a whole mound of macaroni and mashed potatoes and only carbohydrates,” said Bransfield.
Filling up a smart plate, not starving yourself, and treating the holiday like a special occasion. All good ideas if you want to come out of Thanksgiving with your diet intact.