Our founder Emma Moroni (also sometimes known by her maiden name Emma Taylor) has been around the dieting block. Along with founding the 123Diet, she's an expert on how to maintain your weight and live a healthy lifestyle even after you've lost weight and completed our program.

Since the holidays can be a difficult time for someone in any phase of their weight loss journey, Emma wanted to share a few tips to help everyone have a Thanksgiving that’s both happy and healthy. Just stay calm and read up, and we promise you'll be thankful you did!

1. Eat only at the Thanksgiving table rather than in front of the TV or computer. Research shows that you taste and enjoy your food more if you focus fully on what you are eating rather than on an electronic distraction. Paying more attention to what you're eating may also help you notice when you’ve eaten enough so you don’t have to overindulge.

2. Eat from a small plate rather than a large one so you won’t be tempted to overfill it, and try to fill up at least one third of your plate with vegetables.

3. If you plan on eating a big Thanksgiving lunch, stick to a light breakfast like a piece of fruit and avoid too much snacking before your main meal. However, try not to go into the feast starving either, as it might lead to more impulsive and poorer food choices.

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4. Since dehydration can mimic hunger, you can reduce your cravings by drinking at least two liters of water a day. Drinking a glass of water or another healthy beverage before a meal may also help you feel more satiated after eating.

5. Turkey is actually a very healthy protein source, but stick to roasting it without too much oil and stick to white meat over dark if you want to save a few calories. Avoid even more extra fat by not eating the skin!

6. The healthiest course might be to avoid drinking alcohol this Thanksgiving, but if you do wish to indulge, stick to spirits and soda water, like a shot of gin or vodka with club soda and a splash of fresh lemon or lime.

These healthy options have less calories than wine, beer, and drinks made with high-calorie mixers, but they’re just as tasty! (Though red wine does happen to have a decent dose of anti-inflammatory antioxidants if you're not much of a liquor drinker!) If you’re in the mood for something a little sweeter, you could always stir in a dash of a natural sweetener or try one of our low-calorie cocktail recipes!

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7. Thanksgiving is no excuse to stay sedentary! Break the day up with a nice family walk, invite the kids outside for a game of catch, or just hit the gym before the big celebration!

8. If you tend to overdo it on Thanksgiving, try taking portions half the size that you normally might. For reference, a three-ounce portion of meat should be about the size of a pack of cards, one serving of a fresh round fruit is about the size of a tennis ball, one ounce of cheese is about the size of your thumb, and one teaspoon of butter or mayonnaise is approximately the size of the tip of your thumb.

9. If you choose to eat dessert, remember to let your main meal settle first. Then, if you're still hungry, just have a little taste of your favorite sweet rather than heaping portions of everything at the table. Too much sugar is only going to lead to a crash and cravings later!

If you'd like, you could also bring one of our many healthy desserts to the party so that you and any other dieters in your family have something guilt-free to snack on instead of that precarious pumpkin pie. We've rounded up a few useful low-calorie Thanksgiving recipes for you as well!

10.   Enjoy what you eat, but don’t worry so much about the food and calories that you can't enjoy the rest of your day. Today should really be about being thankful for what you have and enjoying the company of your loved ones, so don't waste it obsessing about your waistline!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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