Five Thanksgiving eating tips

There is probably no single holiday more centered around eating than Thanksgiving. It’s other name is Turkey Day, so that right there tells you something.
At the end of the day you could come out stuffed like a turkey yourself, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Here are five Thanksgiving eating tips to follow that your body might thank you for on Friday. Notice I didn’t call them diet tips because I don’t think most people should approach this day of thanks in diet mode, but do be smart about your eating.

Eat slowly
It takes 20 minutes for your body to know that you’re full. Enjoy your food, lift your head up from the plate to talk during the meal and enjoy each bite. There’s nothing wrong with putting your fork down a few times, too. It doesn’t constantly have to be in motion.

Drink lots of water
Water is a model’s best friend and it knows how to be a good friend to you, too, if you let it. Water can help control your appetite by letting you feel full faster. If you’re drinking beer, mix in some glasses or bottles of water during the day.

Get your grub on early
Don’t show up at the Thanksgiving feast on an empty stomach. Eat a good breakfast that day, preferably with protein and fiber to help digest the turkey legs to follow. Maybe even eat some fruit, like an apple, an hour or so before Thanksgiving dinner. It’s always better to space out small means instead of one giant one during the day. And it will really help you eat less at the Thanksgiving dinner.

Be a food connoisseur
Don’t waste your calories by loading up on items you can have year-round, like mashed potatoes, gravy and rolls. Instead, go easy on those high-calorie foods and take small samples of other things, too, that you rarely get to eat, such as sweet potatoes, certain types of vegetable casseroles and a piece of pumpkin pie.

At Home Fitness consultant Aaron Dorksen’s blog deals with a variety of fitness topics, ranging from workout tips, motivational ideas and feature stories on how exercise impacts people’s lives. E-mail him with comments, questions or ideas for future blogs at