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10 Important Tips to Help You Stay Healthy During Thanksgiving!

What’s the first thing you think of when someone says Thanksgiving? Food, food, and more food! It just never gets old – The delicious turkey, heavenly mashed potatoes, savory stuffing, warm bread rolls, and the sweet old-fashioned pumpkin pie. I don’t know about you, but my mouth is watering already!

But at the same time I can already feel the pain in my stomach and the regrets in my mind of overeating and saying to myself: “Why did you eat that much, you idiot?”

If you want to make smarter decisions this time around, here are 10 tips for you to put into use:


1. Only eat 1 plate of food – Don’t let go of your self-control and go back for seconds or even (shamefully) thirds! A good way to prevent this from happening is to get the foods that you really love – your first time around – so you don’t go back again afterwards. You won’t feel bad or robbed of the satisfaction you normally get during your feast.

2. No Alcohol – STAY AWAY from Alcohol! Not only does it increase your calorie count by a lot, but it also weakens your inhibitions; it will make it much, much easier to grab another slice of your aunt’s favorite apple pie.

3. Limit yourself to 1 piece of dessert – You don’t need to have the pumpkin pie, and the apple pie, and the ice cream, and the rice crispy, and the cookie! Just pick one and enjoy every single bite.

4. Eat more veggies and salads – You’ll be able to get a nice amount of fiber, while also allowing these clean foods like the salads and greens to fill your stomach. That’s a heck of a lot better than those other oily, fattening foods.

5. Eat a nice breakfast on Thanksgiving Day – Have a good nourishing meal for breakfast so it will secure your appetite. By doing so, you’ll prevent yourself from overeating when it comes to your thanksgiving feast.

6. Drink Water! – Drinking water helps with feeling full. Additionally, it destroys dehydration. Fun Fact: The more dehydrated you are, the more you will eat.

7. Eat a mint or brush your teeth afterwards – With a minty flavor in your mouth, that extra slice of ham isn’t going to sound so appetizing.

8. Chew gum after you meal – Similar to number 7, it is an overlooked tip. When you chew gum, it allows your mouth to be involved with an activity, so you won’t want to chew or eat more.

9. Think about stuff other than food – Watch the football game that’s on, catch up with your relatives, or do something else. Whatever you do, don’t keep your mind and eyes on the food!

10. Know when to stop eating – After the first plate, pull the breaks. Who actually likes feeling stuffed to the point of near explosion? It is painful, annoying, and bothersome.

After taking in all this info, remember to not get too extreme and stay away from eating altogether. Thanksgiving is the time to enjoy a nice meal and give thanks for everything you have – including your taste buds and all the food choices you have at your disposal.

Keep our tips in mind and you’ll be fine.

Brand Surgical Institute is always here to help you.

Call us at (818) 243-9999 or visit our website if you want to learn more about surgical or non-surgical weight loss procedures, tummy tucks, or liposuction.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Brand Surgical Family!

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