Ask the Swag Gal – November 23, 2011

This week’s question was posed by a few Swaggernauts looking to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner without putting on the pounds:

“With Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner, how can I help keep my body trim and still enjoy all of the trimmings at the upcoming holiday feasts?”

Everyone looks forward to Thanksgiving dinner, but nobody looks forward to the extra pounds put on that evening.  Luckily, thanks to NBC News, I found some great tips for enjoying Thanksgiving dinner without having to worry about gaining weight.

1. Keep on Movin’ – Walking is a great way to burn off some extra calories.  After your feast, head out with a close relative or friend that you haven’t seen in a while, and take a nice, brisk walk.  You’ll get time to catch up, and you’ll burn off some turkey, stuffing, and maybe even some cornbread.  You’ll also feel better when you return, as you won’t feel like you have all of that food just sitting in your stomach.

2. Eat Beforehand – If you go into Thanksgiving dinner on an empty stomach, you’re more likely to eat a lot and eat fast.  Make sure you eat well during the day so that you’ve gotten your five servings of fruit and vegetables in before you sit down to your turkey dinner.

3. Wear Clothes That Fit – This is not the time to wear those stretchy yoga pants.  “Put a little thought into your outfit and pick something that you feel great in. Having the esteem boost of a well-fitting outfit will will help you remember not to overdo it” (

4. Select and Sample – Check out the array of food on the dinner table and decide what you most want to eat.  Just because something is there doesn’t mean you have to take some.  Stick with the few you want most, and help yourself to an appropriate portion.

5. Just Say No – If grandma is insisting you have one more scoop of stuffing, it’s okay to stick to your guns and say that you’ve had enough.  You know what you want, you know how much you want, and it’s okay to cut yourself off when you feel it’s time.

6. Take it Slow – Thanksgiving is not a race, it’s a time to sit and be thankful for every singly forkful.  Be true to that this year by taking your time with every bite.  Put your fork down and chew slowly.  Taste the flavor of every forkful.  You’ll enjoy the meal more and you’ll appreciate it later.

7. Sip Tea – “You can curb your appetite and sweet tooth by sipping on fall-flavored teas like cinnamon, pumpkin spice, or apple cider. Just remember not to add too much sugar!”

Do any of our Swaggernauts have any tips for enjoying the Thanksgiving meal without feeling the guilt later?  Leave them in the comments section of this post!


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