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How Not to Overeat this Thanksgiving

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Whether you’re staying at The Club at Emerald Waters or you’re headed elsewhere in Hollywood, FL, or even out of state for Thanksgiving, food is the star of the show. This month our blog is all about this classic meal. A traditional Thanksgiving dinner is filled with amazing food, and typically far more is on the table for this meal than we normally serve for dinner. It’s easy to overeat, and today we’re here to help you prepare for the eating in a more health-conscious way. Avoid the pitfall of overeating this Thanksgiving by trying these important tips.

Watch the calories.

It’s easy to dismiss calories unless you’re an athlete or you’re trying to lose, gain, or maintain your weight. But Thanksgiving is the day the calories stack up the most. The average American eats 4,500 calories just on Thanksgiving. Download a calorie counter app like MyFitnessPal if you don’t already have it so you can stay on top of what you’re eating and make an effort to be happy with what satisfies you.

Get active.

Taking a walk, run, or hike in the morning around your apartment is a great way to enjoy the beautiful fall weather and scenery — and it keeps you conscious of your health! Not only does staying active strengthen your body and help your heart and overall health, but it also burns calories and offers plenty of other short- and long-term health benefits. Check out these races near you.

Eat breakfast and lunch.

It’s easy to think that skipping the meals before Thanksgiving is a good plan, but it’s actually not great for your body or your metabolism. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, after all! And not eating for the whole day can lead you to overeating at Thanksgiving, a meal you already want to eat lots at. So eat light meals to keep you satisfied and calm before the storm of the final meal comes.

Mind your plate.

Be strategic about the items on your plate. If you want a taste of everything, include small portions. Help yourself do this by only using small plates and by offering up smaller serving spoons for your dishes. Eating on a dark plate that contrasts well with lighter-colored foods (like turkey and mashed potatoes) will also help you not to eat as much because you won’t feel like the food is blending in with the plate. Each of these small efforts can make a big difference that will pay off!

What are your best tips and hacks for enjoying your meal without overeating? Let us know in the comments so we can all benefit! Thanks for reading. Good luck. We’re sure you can still enjoy the best tastes of the holiday without overdoing it. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in our apartment community!