Navigating the Thanksgiving Buffet

Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday feasting. Between now and the start of the new year, a girl can expect to attend any number of parties. And where there’s a party, there’s bound to be lots of food. To prevent piling on the four to seven pounds that the average person gains during the holiday season, it’s important to have a game plan to navigate the holidays and the buffet table. Check out our strategies and keep your waistline right where you want it to be.


  • Start your day with a good breakfast of fresh fruit, whole grains, and lean protein. Too many people choose to skip breakfast so they can save those calories for the big meal. Big mistake! Eat sensibly during the day and enjoy the main meal without over-stuffing yourself.
  • Create a calorie deficit before the meal by getting in a good workout. Even if you’re the one preparing the holiday meal, there’s always time to sneak in 20-30 minutes of exercise. Grab some family members and go for a walk. Play touch football (if weather permits). Organize a neighborhood Turkey Trot and make it a yearly tradition.
  • Stay hydrated throughout the day. Stick to water and tea (unsweetened) and skip the calories that come with soda, juice, and alcohol.
  • Lighten up your holiday meals. Check out some of our recipes and score some tasty and healthy goodies. Your guests will never know their food is good for them!
  • If you’re a guest at the holiday table, offer to bring a healthy side dish.
  • Check out all dishes that are being served before you dig in. Stick to skinless turkey breast and cooked vegetables and watch your portions of potatoes, stuffing, gravy, and dessert. It’s ok to take a small spoonful of everything that you want to try – that way you won’t feel deprived.
  • Don’t be in such a hurry. Slow down and enjoy your food. Savor every bite.
  • Talk amongst yourselves. Between bites of food, strike up conversations with the people around you. Not only is this a sure-fire way to slow down your eating,  you’ll enjoy yourself more by socializing and laughing.
  • Remember what the holiday is really about. Take the time to be thankful for all that you have in your life – the people, your health, your good fortune. Food shouldn’t be the star of the show.

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