I agree with POSITIVEHOPE. It's the in between snack items that get me. Try a veggie tray! I start with a normal breakfast, a light lunch and I plan for an extra long run that morning. You don't have to eat a serving of everything that is offered. Only eat your favorite things. Be particular! Don't waste calories on something you only kind of like. I look at the table and think to myself "I'm going to have this, this, this and that. And that's it". If someone asks why I didn't try something I say my plate was full and then my stomach was full. I also try to pick ONE dessert. It's not like apple pie, turkey, or stuffing is only available one day of the entire year. But I only get 1 chance to have a piece of grandma's homemade pie. I pick one dessert and then enjoy it...take small bites and savor each one. Be sure to keep drinking your water during the day. It can help to keep you from feeling really hungry, which is when your eyes get bigger than your stomach.
Best advice I ever hear was think of it this way, "it's just one meal." Its not a full blown excuse for non-stop eating the entire weekend. Actually it's a reasonably healthy meal.
Track it in advance in your nutrition tracker as a grouping. Turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, sweet potatoes, cranberries sauce, pickles, olives, dinner roll, wine and 1/8 of a pumpkin pie can round out to 500 calories. You just have to make your choices throughout the day work with those choices with less fat and more fiber, fruits and veggies.
I think the hardest part is all those tempting foods that are set out between meals that are harder to resist. Make sure you eat a healthy, fiber filled breakfast and lunch so you aren't walking around hungry. It's way too easy to give in to grazing and then eat that meal.
It can be done and you will be so proud of yourself because you successfully handled one of the hardest holidays.
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