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Making Peace at the Dinner Table

Making Peace at the Dinner Table

Starting right after Halloween, all anyone can think about or talk about is Thanksgiving dinner. We surround ourselves with the ones we love and join in a feast of delicious turkey, sides, and pies.

As exciting as this is, the idea of Thanksgiving may cause you stress or anxiety. You may feel as though you cannot trust yourself on Thanksgiving to listen to your hunger and fullness signals. You may also be worried for the impending regret that comes after eating a large meal.

We are here to make sure you are feeling great this holiday season!

  1. Don’t pick up the largest plate to put your food on. In this way, you can control your portion sizes. You can also use the MyPlate strategies that we talked about two weeks ago to make sure that your plate is balanced. For some readers, your plate may already be set at the table. In this case, try committing to eating 1 plateful of food that includes at least 1 non-starchy vegetable or a salad.
  2. Avoid skipping meals earlier in the day in anticipation for dinner. Many people do not eat breakfast or lunch so that they can make the most out of Thanksgiving foods. However, restricting yourself earlier in the day will only lead to a binge when you are put in front of a table full of options.
  3. You have heard this one a million times, but it is very important- check in with yourself throughout your meal. You may get caught up in conversation while eating and not realize how full you are. Taking 2 seconds to ask yourself if you are hungry or full will keep you from overeating and getting an upset stomach.


Use these tips to feel great and have an enjoyable and thankful holiday season!


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Blog Author:
Marion Irvin
Sweet Life Wellness Student Intern
Dietetics student at University of Maryland-College Park

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