It’s almost Thanksgiving Day and things I’ve heard the most about is where people will be eating, what they are looking forward to eating, and a secondary desire not to gain weight.
Related to the desire, a psychologist has recommended that people eat dessert first in order to keep from overeating this Thanksgiving. Her logic: if you satisfy yourself with the item you really want, you’ll feel satisfied sooner and you’ll eat less.
I see where’s she’s going with that. Let’s not pinpoint dessert though. I look forward to stuffing. I have it once a year, if that. When I get a chance to eat it, that’s what I want. Under her theory, I should eat some of that first and it will reduce the chances I will overeat a lot of other stuff in order to get that one thing. I’m going to try it.
There’s a lot to be said for psychology and ways to trick yourself into reducing the amount of food you eat.
I used to drink two cups of coffee a day, one in the morning and one in the evening. I really wanted to cut back. It wasn’t working. I felt like I wasn’t getting enough. The key word there is “felt.” I finally tried filling my cup half way with coffee and adding some water. It worked. I feel like I’m getting my two cups a day.
Smaller plates create the feeling you are eating a lot of food. I have two sets of plates at my house – regular and a medium size. My medium size are in between a regular plate and a saucer. The medium plate is what I use. It appears I’m eating quite a bit of food. Perception is reality. Even if I fill the plate full, I’m really eating less than I used to when I used the regular plates.
There are others but I think you get the point. So, back to that one special day called Thanksgiving. Here are a few tips:
• Do not skip breakfast. I’ve heard people say they do this because they want to save as much room as possible. Not a good idea. Eat what you normally would.
• Don’t change your exercise routine. The less you change your routine, the less likely you will be to overeat.
• Slowly savor the food. The object of Thanksgiving is to socialize. The food is delicious, but it should be secondary. Eat slowly and put the fork down between bites.
• There are healthier options on the table. I like to add green beans to my plate. I know not everyone likes green beans. If there is a food available that is healthier and you like it, make sure it goes on the plate too.
Let’s also be realistic. Thanksgiving is one day a year. If you overeat a little, it’s not the end of the world. Get back to your normal routine Nov. 25 and you’ll be fine.
Standard reporter Lisa Hobbs can be reached at 473-2191.