GET BACK ON TRACK
after the big Thanksgiving meal
text by Fiona Clarke
Above: As Americans sit down to supper this Thanksgiving, the centerpiece of their dinners will, most likely, be a turkey.
THE DAY OF
THE NEXT DAY
Above: An ideal morning-after feast is a protein and fiber-rich breakfast.
Don’t wake up and immediately check the scale. Fluid shifts and water retention can throw that number off after a big meal. Instead, start your day with a protein and fiber-rich breakfast. An ideal morning-after feast is a protein source like eggs, yogurt or cottage cheese with a mix of leafy vegetables and healthy carbs like berries. This will keep your blood sugar steady, as well as eating small meals and snacks every three to four hours. Eat plenty of low calorie meals for the rest of the weekend. Make vegetables your main focus and eat small portions of lean meats and whole grains. Continue sipping on water the next day, and if you’re feeling bloated, try to work in some asparagus or pineapple, which can help flatten your stomach.
What ever you do, do NOT feel guilty. The trick is to acknowledge and accept that you may have gone overboard on sweets, rich goods, carbs and alcohol, then get right back to making sensible food choices. Thanksgiving is just one meal out of so many other healthy-eating opportunities—so take the day to relax and unwind. But then, move on and get back on track.