A table full of turkey drizzled with gravy, creamy mashed potatoes, and silky sweet potato pie draws a large crowd for the holidays. It can also draw an even larger waistline. We may have heard advice about portion control, and while that game plan sounds good while planning for the holiday celebration, the sweet and savory smells have a way of letting our better judgment slip away from us at the dinner table. Here is how you can work portion control into the meal without dampening everyone's spirits.
- Start Slim, Stay Slim
- Wear tight-fitting clothes to the event. Clothes that expand and belts that can loosen silently give you permission to try an extra serving of butternut squash. Clothes that give you no more room to grow let you know when to say when.
- Pregame the Event
- That's right. Before the festivities begin, eat a light, healthy meal. Salads and vegetables are a great way to fill you up on nutritious food. There will be less room in your stomach when the richer foods hit the table, and you will be more inclined to enjoy smaller servings.
- Patience Is a Virtue
- When everyone is called to the dinner line, be the last person in line. Everyone may think you are being polite, but the people in the back of the line tend to be slimmer. As the serving dishes are getting picked over, they are less visually appealing, making you want to eat less of the food.
- Serve Smaller Portions of Sweets Sooner
- Dense and sugary desserts, although delightful on the taste buds, can tip your "full meter" to the danger zone. Instead of baking a whole pecan pie, try making pecan tarts in muffin tins. Before people get to the overindulgence stage on the main course, introduce the desserts. The dessert tray is a good signal to your brain that the meal is ending.
The holidays are about sharing memories with family and friends. When the food takes less of a priority, not only do we maintain better control of our weight, but we also value the company we keep a little more. Younger Reflections wishes you and yours a happy and safe Thanksgiving. Bon appetit.