Don't overgobble this Thanksgivukkah

November 28, 2013, Loyola University Health System

In a rare occurrence, Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah both happen to fall on Nov. 28 this year. This coming holiday many will find it very hard not to overindulge in old favorites and newly invented culinary creations.

Here are a few tips so that you won's overgobble this Thanksgivukkay from Brooke Schantz, a registered dietitian at Loyola University Health System:

Offer to bring a healthy dish to a party. Not only will you have even more healthy options to choose from, but the host will think you are being very thoughtful. Check with the host to see if they need someone to bring a salad, vegetable tray or non-starchy side dish.

Don't go to a party hungry. Saving your calories up for the big meal is not beneficial for your waistline and will only lead to overeating. Don't skip breakfast, just have a smaller one, and, if possible, add in a before you leave for the party. Consuming a small snack before attending a party will help prevent overconsumption. Preparty snack ideas include raw vegetables, a small piece of fruit, one cup of low-fat yogurt, one cheese stick or ¼ cup of unsalted nuts.

Remember to drink water. Drinking water will help you feel full and keep you hydrated. Have one to two glasses of water before your big meal and take a sip of water in between each bite to slow you down.

Watch your portions. Use your fist (about one cup) to measure one serving of fruit. Use a cupped hand (about 1/2 cup) to measure out those starch servings like corn casserole, mashed potatoes or stuffing. Your palm is the perfect guide for determining the right amount of turkey, fish, etc., to add to your plate.

Preplan. Going to a with a battle plan is a great way to keep those portions in check. Find out what is being offered at those holiday gatherings and decide what you should include on your healthy holiday plate.

Fill half your plate with vegetables. Want to take the edge off of your hunger pains or the urge to overeat? Fill half your plate with vegetables except for corn, potatoes and peas. Eating your vegetables first will fill up your stomach and ease the urge to mindlessly eat.

Make time for exercise. In addition to your , go for a family walk, run a turkey trot the morning of your holiday party or go to the gym. Exercise is a great way to get your energy levels up and offset those additional calories.

Explore further: Healthy eating tips for holiday parties

Related Stories

Healthy eating tips for holiday parties

December 25, 2012
(HealthDay)—It's all too easy to overindulge in food and drink at holiday parties, but there are things you can do to make sure you don't stray too far off the path of good health, an expert says.

Score points for hosting a healthy Super Bowl party

February 1, 2013
(HealthDay)—Super Bowl party hosts and guests are ready for some football. But they also need to get ready to fight the temptation to eat and drink too much while watching the game, an expert warns.

Is there such a thing as eating too many fruits and vegetables?

July 25, 2012
(Medical Xpress) -- It may make you scratch your head, but in fact it is possible to overeat healthy foods, according to Loyola University Health System registered dietitian Brooke Schantz.

10 tips for preventing weight gain over the holidays

December 6, 2011
(Medical Xpress) -- Many websites and magazine articles offer ideas about how to lose weight over the holidays, but Connie Diekman, director of university nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis, says that people ...

Recommended for you

Marijuana use does not lower chances of getting pregnant

January 22, 2018
Marijuana use—by either men or women—does not appear to lower a couple's chances of getting pregnant, according to a new study led by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researchers.

Americans are getting more sleep

January 19, 2018
Although more than one in three Americans still don't get enough sleep, a new analysis shows first signs of success in the fight for more shut eye. According to data from 181,335 respondents aged 15 and older who participated ...

Wine is good for you—to a point

January 18, 2018
The Mediterranean diet has become synonymous with healthy eating, but there's one thing in it that stands out: It's cool to drink wine.

Sleep better, lose weight?

January 17, 2018
(HealthDay)—Sleeplessness could cost you when it's time to stand on your bathroom scale, a new British study suggests.

Who uses phone apps to track sleep habits? Mostly the healthy and wealthy in US

January 16, 2018
The profile of most Americans who use popular mobile phone apps that track sleep habits is that they are relatively affluent, claim to eat well, and say they are in good health, even if some of them tend to smoke.

Improvements in mortality rates are slowed by rise in obesity in the United States

January 15, 2018
With countless medical advances and efforts to curb smoking, one might expect that life expectancy in the United States would improve. Yet according to recent studies, there's been a reduction in the rate of improvement in ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.