Thanksgiving is the root of all evil. Delicious food, everywhere, and it is made with cream and butter, lots of butter. You have been staying on track but you know you do not want this one day to ruin you. Don't let it! You do not have to let Thanksgiving throw you off your meal plan, and you also don't have to forgo all of your favorites either! One thing to remember is you do not want to overeat. Thanksgiving has been the day to eat until you have to unbutton your pants... Why? Enjoy your meal this Thanksgiving. Take your first bite and put your fork down. Enjoy the taste and the company around you. Take it slow and see how you feel. It is a day to be around your loved ones, not eat until you burst!
A good rule for any meal and especially on Thanksgiving when you usually go overboard is the plate rule.
Half of the plate should be veggies (can use some fruit). Avoid the casseroles or anything involving heavy cream or butter.
One quarter of the plate should be grains. Mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and stuffing fall into this category. Skip the bread completely. You don't need it!
The other quarter is your meat. Again, use the lean white meat. Try out the fruit-based relish on top instead of gravy; it takes the turkey to a whole new level of delicious!
Stay away from going to get seconds, but if you must, use smaller plates! It will trick your mind into thinking you're eating the same amount. Using smaller plates means you cannot put as much on your plate, therefore, eating less!
Most of all, have fun and be happy! Thanksgiving is a huge holiday filled with football, parades, and family. Enjoy the day and do not completely avoid all of your favorites, you won't make it! Give in to the right foods, not all.