Be intentional! Give thanks for all your blessings! If your blessings include an abundance of food this Thanksgiving, then be sure to follow these suggestions that I read about on the Calorie Count website:
1. Eat what you love and love what you eat.
2. Focus on the loved ones around you, they are an important part of your blessings!
3. Decide how you want to feel when you are done eatins. Full? Stuffed? Overflowing? Then fill your plate(s) accordingly.
4. Choose your food carefully. Don't waste calories on cranberries shaped like a can (unless that is one of your guilty pleasures!).
5. Set your fork down between bites. It will help you focus on what your are eating at that moment instead of focusing on the next bite.
6.Notice as the food gently fills your stomach. It will help you decide when to stop eating.
Mindful eating is a great way to enjoy your food and you will likely end up eating fewer calories!
I couldn't resist sharing this silly Thanksgiving poem with you all:
TWAS THE NIGHT OF THANKSGIVING,
BUT I JUST COULDN'T SLEEP.
I TRIED COUNTING BACKWARDS,
I TRIED COUNTING SHEEP.
THE LEFTOVERS BECKONED -
THE DARK MEAT AND WHITE,
BUT I FOUGHT THE TEMPTATION
WITH ALL OF MY MIGHT.
TOSSING AND TURNING WITH ANTICIPATION,
THE THOUGHT OF A SNACK BECAME INFATUATION.
SO, I RACED TO THE KITCHEN, FLUNG OPEN THE DOOR,
AND GAZED AT THE FRIDGE, FULL OF GOODIES GALORE.
GOBBLED UP TURKEY AND BUTTERED POTATOES,
PICKLES AND CARROTS, BEANS AND TOMATOES.
I FELT MYSELF SWELLING SO PLUMP AND SO ROUND,
'TIL ALL OF A SUDDEN, I ROSE OFF THE GROUND.
I CRASHED THROUGH THE CEILING, FLOATING INTO THE SKY,
WITH A MOUTHFUL OF PUDDING AND A HANDFUL OF PIE.
BUT, I MANAGED TO YELL AS I SOARED PAST THE TREES....
HAPPY EATING TO ALL - PASS THE CRANBERRIES, PLEASE.
MAY YOUR STUFFING BE TASTY,
MAY YOUR TURKEY BE PLUMP.
MAY YOUR POTATOES 'N GRAVY HAVE NARY A LUMP.
MAY YOUR YAMS BE DELICIOUS.
MAY YOUR PIES TAKE THE PRIZE,
MAY YOUR THANKSGIVING DINNER STAY OFF OF YOUR THIGHS!!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL
Desire to enjoy the food. Dedication to giving thanks for our blessings. Discipline to be mindful and in the moment.