How to Survive the Thanksgiving Buffet

November 16, 2012

Nutrition, Nutrition Updates

The holidays are upon us, and one of the biggest eating occasions in the U.S. is next week. According to the Mayo Clinic, the average American eats about 4,000 calories on Thanksgiving Day. That’s twice the average person’s calorie needs for one day. Think of Thanksgiving as a barometer for healthy eating this holiday season. If you can moderate your calorie consumption, while still enjoying yourself, you can set a healthy eating tone for the rest of the holidays. By the time the New Year is here, you are ready to carry the healthier eating habits into 2013.

Kerri Hawkins, a Boston-based dietitian and blogger at Dietitian Drive, shared her tips for how to enjoy the holidays this season without the holiday bulge. What’s top on her list? Use a smaller plate. “A simple change from a 12-inch plate at dinner to 10-inch plate could mean a 22 percent reduction in calories at a meal,” Hawkins says. “If your typical Thanksgiving dinner plate was 2000 calories, a two inch reduction would equal 400 calories saved for that meal.”

Read more on Boston Magazine’s Hub Health site!

Eat Well.Feel Well,
Allison

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