In the spirit of Thanksgiving, today’s Tuesday tip is you guessed it, Thanksgiving-focused.
However, it’s not a how-to or tip to make your life easier. Not today. Today I’ve got some advice on staying healthy. It’s not easy when you’re surrounded by a smorgasbord of Thanksgiving favorites–buttery mashed potatoes, gravy, pie. Mmmm. Thursday can’t come soon enough!
I received some tips from Timothy S. Harlan, M.D. aka Dr. Gourmet that I thought I’d share with you all. Don’t worry, he’s not going to tell you not to eat carbs, or to skip the pie. I wouldn’t stand for that on my favorite day of the year! Instead, it’s about moderation.
Dr. Gourmet says…
Make plans for the leftovers.
Even if you are cooking for only a few, many recipes just don’t serve only 2 or 4 servings. Decide what you are going to do with the extra food in advance. Make that leftover turkey into a salad, serve the dressing with meals for the next few days, or even take some of the treats to work or to your neighbor.
Make specific portions.
I was at Whole Foods the other day and they were selling individual pumpkin pies. I have seen individual serving pies also in the freezer case at other groceries. Depending on how many you are going to serve for dinner at the holidays, this might work great for you.
For instance, if you are only serving 4 people, then having four individual servings of pie instead of a whole pie that serves eight just makes sense. The research is pretty clear that when there are more portions available we tend to eat them. If they are not, we don’t miss them.
His tips may seem obvious, but the truth is we all get caught up in the eating and stuffing our faces on Thanksgiving. Slow down, enjoy every bite and remember that it doesn’t get better than Thanksgiving leftovers.
If you have more questions about staying healthy this Thanksgiving or all year round, feel free to tap Dr. Gourmet on his site: www.drgourmet.com. Also check out his healthy Thanksgiving menu and my Whole wheat Couscous stuffing for other nutritious Thanksgiving ideas.