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10 Tips on How to Survive Thanksgiving Dinner When You’re on a Diet

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Thanksgiving Dinner

I had Thanksgiving dinner this weekend, but I have another one to attend on Thanksgiving Day. My first dinner went well, but I did treat myself to some really good food. I just couldn’t help it. My sister-in-law makes the best pies and other desserts. She’s that awesome, and I love her. β™₯ So I came up with some tips on how to not ruin your diet at Thanksgiving dinner. I’m trying to behave myself the second time around. If you insist on ruining your diet and going all out, feel free to do so. No judgment. Live your life. This only happens once a year. This is for the people that want to watch their waistline. πŸ™‚

1. Stay on your exercise plan

You can put in a workout before dinner or simply just stick to your exercise routine. The point is to burn calories. Don’t be lazy about it because it’s ‘the holidays’.

2. Eat breakfast before arriving

I know this may sound weird but hear me out. Eating breakfast or lunch before arriving to dinner will prevent you from feeling ravenous. This way, you won’t lose control and eat everything in sight. We all know hunger pangs are real.

3. Don’t overdo the desserts or appetizers πŸ₯§πŸ°

You can treat yourself to dessert and appetizers but don’t overdo it. I know desserts and appetizers are the best. It can be difficult not to go all out. Have some self-control and portion them out.

4. Add more vegetables onto your plate

I’m sure at every Thanksgiving dinner, there will be veggies on the table. Eat a lot of vegetables. Vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals. They are also full of fiber to make you feel fuller faster. They’re healthy.

5. Be very picky

You don’t have to eat everything. If someone is offering something that you don’t like or want to eat, say thank you and pass it. Sometimes it’s hard to turn down food because you don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. You can always take some, but not eat it or nibble on a little bit of it. If you know what I mean. πŸ˜†

6. Pass the cocktails and liquor

Stay away from the cocktails and liquor. They will only add empty calories to your diet.

7. Spend time making conversation and have fun

Thanksgiving dinner isn’t always about the food. It’s about spending time with the people you love. You can enjoy the food too, but it’s about the people. πŸ™‚

8. Dress well

If you come to Thanksgiving dinner wearing your fat pants, you know exactly what you’re going to do. Wear clothes that are snug to prevent yourself from overeating.

9. Portion control

Portion control is very important to maintain your diet. Use common sense. Don’t lie to yourself how much a portion of food is. I know a lot of people are guilty of this.

10. Help clean up

Offer to clean up. This will keep you moving instead of lounging around and snacking.

I hope this helps! I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! If you mess up, don’t be too hard on yourself. You can always get back on track the day after.

Happy Thanksgiving! πŸ¦ƒπŸ¦ƒπŸ¦ƒ

What are you thankful for? Here’s my list. β™₯β™₯β™₯

What I’m Thankful for…

What I’m Thankful for…

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Thankful

Hey everyone! Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It’s next week! Let’s take some time and think about what we are thankful for. This is what I’m thankful for. You can share what you’re thankful for too. πŸ™‚

I am thankful for my parents. β™₯

My parents are the most hard working people I have ever known in my whole entire life. I hardly ever saw my parents when I was little. They were always working from morning until night to support the family. But I knew they loved me. They showed it through their actions. I am grateful for them. I will never forget how much they have sacrificed for the family. I’ve instilled what’s important in life and prioritize it like no other. Family comes first.

I am thankful for my siblings.

No matter where we are in life. Near or far. I will always love them no matter what. They have always been here for me when I needed help. I appreciate them very much. They are technically my best friends by blood. I love how I can open up to them and be myself fully. It’s very hard to find people that will accept you for who you are. They love me for who I am. They tolerate my bullshit. I’m very thankful for that. πŸ™ƒ

I’m thankful for friends that are still here with me today.

True friends don’t come by too often. You can have a large circle of friends, but not all of them are true to you. I’m thankful for having a small circle of friends that are still here with me today. They get me and always check up on me no matter where life takes them. They care. I love them very much. Thank you for being wonderful people. I’m very thankful for having you all in my life. I feel blessed. 😊

I’m thankful for the kindness of strangers.

The world isn’t rainbows and butterflies. There’s good and bad people out there. Fortunately, I’ve met some good ones. Thank you for helping me when I was lost in the middle of nowhere. Thank you for buying me food when I was hungry. I will do the same for anyone in a heart beat. You are angels in disguise.

So I am thankful for food.

Many people take food for granted. It’s because it’s convenient. It’s everywhere. When we are hungry, we just go buy food and don’t think much about it. But not everyone has this. I’ve seen places where poverty is high. It breaks my heart knowing that circumstances like these exist. It’s not fun being hungry. It hurts. If you see someone in need, please help them. Don’t pass them by and ignore them. A meal doesn’t cost much.

Most of all, I am thankful to be alive and breathing.

Life is very delicate. Don’t take it for granted. Surround yourself with people that lift your spirits up, so you can do the same for them. I am very thankful to be alive and breathing considering everything I’ve been through. I thank God for leading me on the right path. Thank you. β™₯

© Jennifer Nguyen