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5 ways to enjoy Thanksgiving without adding 5 pounds

Thanksgiving food

Thanksgiving has once again presented its annual dilemma. One- say “screw it” to eating healthy and binge out like the rest of America. Or two- sit in a sad corner by yourself eating only the super healthy options and glaring at your relatives with the double helpings of pumpkin pie.

How about a compromise? Use these tips to enjoy your Thanksgiving (and all the delicious food) and not add five pounds.

Size matters

Plate size matters! Go with a ten-inch plate as opposed to a fourteen-inch plate. In an article by, dietitian Lindsay Martin explained that those who use the larger plates often unknowingly serve themselves up to 30% more food compared to those using plates of a smaller size.

Eat breakfast

While you might think it makes sense to save up calories for the big meal, experts say eating a small meal in the morning can give you more control over your appetite. Start your day with a small but satisfying breakfast — such as an egg with a slice of whole-wheat toast, or a bowl of whole-grain cereal with low-fat milk — so you won’t be starving when you arrive at the gathering.

Be picky

Don’t waste your calories on foods that you can have all year long! Pick the holiday delectables that only come around once a year- skip the mac and cheese that you can have any ol’ day.

Run/walk/trot a Thanksgiving day race

Thanksgiving is now the number one most popular holiday for running. Thousands of people participate in Thanksgiving day races, often called Turkey Trot races, every year. These races are typically family-friendly fun runs, so they are great to run with family! Swiftwick team member Katy Holmes has run a Thanksgiving race for the past ten years with her family.

Skip the seconds

Instead of going for a second helping just because it’s there and you can, prepare a to-go plate of “seconds” to eat the next day. Eating Thanksgiving food two days in a row is always better than overeating.

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