Holiday eating habits don’t have to be unhealthy


The Mirror reporter

Here’s some food for thought, People probably consume 3,000 to 5,000 calories around the Thanksgiving table. The average person should only have 2000 calories a day.

The impact doesn’t have to be as devastating, however, if a few guidelines are followed.

Skipping breakfast not only slows down your metabolism but it can also lead to eating more calories later in the day.  People who eat breakfast and lunch, complete with in-between snacks throughout the day instead of showing up at dinner starving, are less likely to overeat. Additionally, their bodies won’t have as hard of a time digesting the heavy meal.

Drinking water before and during a meal instead of soft drinks and other beverages will help stomachs stay full and keep people from overeating.

Sometimes eyes are bigger than stomachs but don’t feel compelled to finish everything on the plate. Take a breather and stop when done eating. The Clean Plate Club doesn’t give medals.

Finally, leave the table when done eating. Hanging out around the table may tempt people to snack on the food that’s still there. Remember the best part of Thanksgiving are the leftovers so wait until the following day, there’s no need to cram in every last bite.